Giving people without speech new ways to talk

Who can borrow equipment?

The Open Access Resource Centre (OARC) lends communication devices for a ten-week trial to Manitobans of all ages who have challenges with speech. There is no age limit for using the Centre's resources, and a referral is not required. Individuals do not lose support when they reach the age of majority, move to a different setting, or experience a change in diagnosis or disability. 

However, experience shows that the equipment trial is most successful when an individual's own speech therapist and service providers are involved in the initial selection of equipment, and throughout the trial period. Thus, OARC prefers to partner with service providers throughout the province, providing them with the knowledge of communications devices they need to improve the communications of those they are helping. 


Some of the disabilities of the individuals that OARC serves include:

  • Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) (Lou Gherig's Disease)

  • Apraxic

  • Autism

  • Brain injury

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Developmental Delay

  • Down Syndrome

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Rhetts

  • Stroke