The Assistive Technology Clinic began in 1994 as a service dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with neurological and neurodegenerative conditions through rehabilitation and technology. Housed on the premises of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Baycrest Brain Health Centre, the mandate of ATC is to provide innovative medical, physio, occupational and speech therapy programs and combine them with state of the art technologies.
Today, ATC is separately incorporated from our host hospitals and prides itself on operating under the principles of social entrepreneurship. ATC is partially funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health , has contracts with multiple public institutions and has been awarded specific grants to provide care to ALS, MS, Parkinsons and Stroke patients. Although we are grant funded for these 4 medical programs, ATC will see people with all manner of neurological conditions and no one is turned away.
Our clinical teams are comprised of physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologists, dietitians, therapy support staff, social services, biomedical engineers and computer technologists. Our award winning teams see over 4000 patients per year and provide interventions in the areas of: specialized medicine and rehabilitation, spasticity management, gait and balance, seating and mobility, augmentative and alternative communication, computer aids, wearable robotics, and environmental controls.
ATC has formalized linkages with the University of Toronto and the University of New Brunswick, has developed collaborative partnerships for research and development of new technologies, has embarked on A number of research studies and our staff have presented at numerous international conferences and published a number of papers in peer reviewed journals.
ATC is fully accredited by the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and is able to provide our clients with the benefit of ADP funding where applicable.
As a result of the extraordinary interventions provided by ATC, and our client centred philosophy, awareness of the needs and possibilities for the neurologically disabled has grown. Consequently the demand for our services has increased and we are always on the lookout for new grant and revenue generating opportunities to meet the needs of the people we serve and provide each and every one of them with the right tools and technology to improve and maintain their quality of life.
The Assistive Technology Clinic (ATC) strives to enhance the lives of persons with acquired disabilities, particularly those with chronic neurological conditions, by providing clinical and technology based services that meet the highest standards of practice.
ATC’s Guiding Principles
ATC fosters and encourages quality of care and innovation, is committed to continuous improvement and outcomes research and to cultivating good working relationships with community partners. ATC’s entire program is designed to improve the quality of life of disabled persons. Every course of action we take is guided by our desire to:
- Promote functional independence
- Increase emotional well being
- Impact on one’s ability to control his/her environment
- Allow the client to direct his/her care
- Increase the ability to advocate for one’s needs
- Maintain vocational/educational opportunities
- Participate in leisure activities
- Allow opportunity for social inclusion
The Assistive Technology Clinic is fully accredited by the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and is able to provide our clients with the benefit of ADP funding where applicable. The clinical team is comprised of physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, Speech-Language pathologists, communicative disorders assistants and computer technologists.
The Assistive Technology Clinic serves people who suffer from the consequences of neurological and complex musculoskeletal disorders. Housed on the premises of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Baycrest Brain Health Center, ATC provides an innovative out patient service where people with chronic diseases are assessed, treated and managed within the framework of a single multi-disciplinary clinic, and where best evidence and clinical research are intimately linked with each step of the process.
At ATC our goal is to provide the highest standards of patient-centered care by offering a broad spectrum of resources, and highly expert multidisciplinary teams to help each person function at the highest level of their ability throughout the continuum of care. The program offers medical and rehabilitation management, as well as leading edge assistive technology in the areas of mobility aids, communication, advanced computer technology, specialized seating, and home modifications to improve the quality of life for people with acquired neurological and complex disabilities.
ATC specializes in the area of high tech intervention for power mobility including tilt, recline, power actuators, articulating ventilation trays, and alternative access systems. Along with the power mobility products the team also interfaces other technologies using alternative access systems via head controls, sip and puff, modified joysticks, chin controllers etc. making the possibilities for improved quality of life endless.
Individuals are referred to our programs from across the province and even across the country from acute care hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and community service providers and or directly from a family physician or home care allied health professional. Our programs have been designed to allow clients to enter our programs at any point in the continuum of care.
The Assistive Technology Clinic respects your privacy. The collection, use, retention and disclosure of your personal information is regulated by two Ontario statutes: the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Our compliance and activities are overseen by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. – See more in the documents below:
Located on two sites, ATC provides a fully accessible setting, with a qualified team of professionals and full computer lab facilities:
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (on Bayview) – Rm UG20
2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5
Tel: 416 480- 6100 X 5756
Fax: 416 484-0872
Baycrest Centre (on Bathurst), – Elkie Adler Wing
3560 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M6A 2E1
Tel; 416 784-3600
Fax: 416 784-5600