"Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) registered as Individual Authorizers (IAs) provide AAC services to people who do not require the services of an AAC transdisiplinary team or high technology intervention. Registration with ADP as an SLP IA provides clients with access to funding assistance to purchase a selected range of inexpensive communication devices (which are not technically complex) to meet face-to-face communication needs...Occupational Therapists (OTs) registered as IAs provide AAC services to people in need of "off the shelf" writing devices i.e. typewriters, word processors and standard computers. Registration with ADP as an IA provides their clients with access to funding assistance toward the purchase of these devices."*
*(Assistive Devices Program of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (2001). ADP Individual Authorizer Speech Language Pathology Home Study Guide,Section 1 p.4.)
To become an Individual Authorizer you must be registered
with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists (CASLPO)
or with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO).
Why become an Assistive Devices Program (ADP) Individual Authorizer?
- Access to Assistive Devices Program (ADP) funding for a range of communication devices, written communication aids or access to low tech communication devices
- Access to AAC clinical resources and equipment through the Centralized Equipment Pool (CEP)
- Better serve your clients who might have AAC needs before they are able to be seen by an Expanded Level Augmentative Communication Service
- Professional / clinical development which can contribute to your continuing education for your college
- The Augmentative Communication Service at Thames Valley Children’s Centre is available to help you and support your decisions regarding prescriptions that you are making at our monthly Consultation Sessions.
What resources are available to you as an IA?
- There is an Internet based public bulletin board with many resources for you as an IA. To register go to http://www.cepp.org/. Here you can ask and answer questions related to AAC.
- The Augmentative Communication Service at Thames Valley Children's Centre is available to help you and support your decisions regarding prescriptions that you are making at our monthly Consultation Sessions. See the documents about Consultation Sessions for details.
How to find an IA in your area?
Contact CEP at 416-698-1305 to request a list of all IAs in the province.
How to become an Individual Authorizer?
You must be registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists (CASLPO) or with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO).
For both SLP and OT:
1. Call the Centralized Equipment Pool (CEP) at 416-698-1305 to obtain a registration form to become an IA OT or SLP.
2. Return the completed registration form to CEP with a cheque for $20.00 to CEP at 2 Kelvin Ave. Unit #4, Toronto, ON M4C 5C8.
3. When CEP receives your registration form and cheque, they will send you the Home Study Program.
The Home Study Program includes:
- The SLP or OT manual
- The ADP manual
- An ADP Individual Authorizer Application Form
- An Evaluation form
4. Depending on your discipline, follow the steps on the chart below.
PLEASE ALLOW 6-8 WEEKS FOR NOTIFICATION AFTER WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE.
|After you complete the Home Study Program return the following to CEP:
- The home study test
- IA application form (original)
- Photocopied proof of your registration with CASLPO
- The evaluation form
- All OT's are required to complete a workshop before applications are submitted to ADP.
- Regular workshops are held in various parts of the province and you will be informed of the next one in your area.
- If you wish to attend please confirm your attendance and send $60.00 registration fee. Cheques made payable to CEP.
|Your home study test will be reviewed and if there appear to be no significant problems, your ADP Individual Authorizer Application Form will be forwarded to ADP.
||Prior to the workshop, you should read the content of each module in the OT manual and complete all of the activities within each module. These are designed to give you some practical tasks, which will assist you in assimilating the information covered within each module.
|IT IS MANDATORY FOR IA REGISTRATION THAT YOU READ THIS OT MANUAL PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP.
| On the day of the workshop you need to submit:
- Pre-workshop exercise
- OT manual evaluation
- IA application form (original)
- Copy of College registration card
|ADP will send you your IA number and card directly.
||Successful completion of the above will lead to registration as an Individual Authorizer with ADP. You will be notified and provided with a registration number.
Author: Augmentative Communication Service, Thames Valley Children’s Centre
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