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Independence Technologies 

Independence Technologies specializes in Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADL).  The program is able to provide assessment services in Ontario and beyond and sells a wide range of products that may be shipped to any location.  Please see our brochure.

What are Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADL)?

EADLs (also known as environmental controls or environmental control units) enable people of all ages with physical and/or cognitive limitations to control a wide range of electronic devices in the home, school or workplace. 

Limitations include spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, age-related problems and a variety of other conditions.

Devices may include:

  • Alarm calls
  • Telephones
  • Door openers
  • Door monitoring solutions
  • Audiovisual equipment (TV, VCR, stereo, DVD, etc.)
  • Electronic beds
  • Lights and appliances (lamps, ceiling lights, fans, space heaters)
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning)
  • Window treatments
  • Elevators

EADL range from simple off-the-shelf solutions to more complex systems, which may be operated by voice or any reliable movement such as pointing with a finger, a turn of the head or the blink of an eye.

Benefits of EADL:

  • EADL enable the user to be more independent within the home and provide the opportunity to take advantage of educational and employment opportunities
  • The financial benefits of using EADL can be significant.  The ability to call for assistance, exit the building or change position in bed may reduce the need for attendant care.

A Day with Electronic Aids to Daily Living

Mike is unable to move his arms or legs.  He lives in a custom-built bungalow.  An attendant comes 3 times a day to see to his personal care needs but the rest of the time he lives independently.   

When he wakes in the morning, Mike is able to sit himself up in his powered bed and turn on the lights.  While waiting for his attendant, he uses his telephone to call a friend, order groceries and do some banking. 

Once up in his powered wheelchair, Mike goes to his home office.  A voice activated computer enables him to take part in a continuing education course and use the Internet to read the daily newspaper. 

Later in the day, Mike opens his front door and goes out on some errands.  When he returns home, he is able to let himself in.  With a single command he turns on the lights, closes the drapes, places a call to his attendant and turns the TV on to his favourite sports program. 

One Stop EADL Service

The goal of Independence Technologies is to provide a one-stop EADL service, which includes:

Professional assessment by a rehabilitation technologist in order to:

  • identify and prioritize client needs
  • identify the most functional & efficient access method
  • identify equipment options
  • enable clients to try a wide variety of equipment options in their own homes
  • produce a written report with recommendations, rationale and quotations
  • provide telephone advice for less complex problems

Sales of an extensive range of products ranging from simple to complex:

  • Adapted Telephones
  • Call systems
  • Adapted remote controls (TVs, stereos etc.)
  • Integrated multi-function systems for control of a room, home or office
  • Door openers and door answering solutions

Service

  • Professional installation
  • Custom modifications
  • Training
  • Comprehensive follow-up & warranty coverage

Education

  • Introductory sessions
  • Workshops
  • Conference presentations
  • Research

Please note: Assessments are provided on a fee-for-service basis but an initial telephone consultation is provided at no charge.  There is no government funding for EADL but funding may be available from third parties including insurance companies, or other collaborative agencies.

Staff

James Leslie (rehabilitation technologist) has specialized in assistive technology for many years.  In addition to his position at Hamilton Health Sciences, James is a Professional Associate of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. 

James is an electronics technologist who worked in the telecommunications industry before joining Hamilton Health Sciences.  He has worked with both adults and children in the areas of seating, alternative & augmentative communication and EADL.

James has presented at provincial, national and international conferences on the topic of EADL and has written numerous articles. 

Contact Us

Tel: (905) 521-2353

Fax: (905) 577-8361

Email: leslie@hhsc.ca

By Mail:
Independence Technologies
Room B273, Holbrook Pavilion
Hamilton Health Sciences, Chedoke Site
Box 2000, Hamilton, ON
L8N 3Z5

By Courier:
Independence Technologies
565 Sanatorium Road
Holbrook Pavilion, 2nd Floor, Room D390, Technology Access Clinic
Hamilton, ON
L9C 7N4

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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