Helping Individuals

Funds are used to purchase specialized equipment for children with disabilities to assist with the everyday tasks that others may take for granted.

Applications may be made to fund equipment such as, but not limited to -

Mobility Devices:   wheelchairs, elevating seats, tilt systems, walkers, strollers, overhead lift systems, vehicle lifts, tie downs, platform lifts, porch lifts, ramps, standing frames, car seats, adapted bicycles, accessible vehicles, etc.

Assistive Technology:  communication devices, signaling devices, TTY's, FM systems, Braille printers, specialized keyboards, head trackers, Alphasmart Neos, touch screens, etc.

Miscellaneous items:  hospital beds, mattresses, car seats, etc.


Areas of Non Support:

For more information or for an application form, please contact:

Marilyn Melnychuk
Client Care Coordinator
780-454-9191 Ext. 225



Applications are accepted from children residing in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. Clients must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status in Canada.  Applications are rated High, Medium or Low.

Each individual client request will be evaluated on the following:

1. Disability  - Any impairment in physical or mental structures or functioning that results in a limitation in activities or ability to participate in life activities, including self care, mobility, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.  Not all disabilities are visible. Impairments and resulting limitations must be confirmed by a medical practitioner.

2. Financial Need - Each request is looked at on an individual basis ~ the Low Income Cutoff from Statistics Canada is used as a guideline. Family income is considered in the case of a dependent young adult (up to the age of 21) living in a family home. We also recognize the economical impact of living in a northern community as defined by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

3. Ratings - High / Medium / Low

High ~ Basic needs - Equipment that will enhance the activity of an individual
Medium ~ Quality of Life - Equipment that will enhance an individual's participation in life
Low ~ Recreational - Equipment that will provide recreational opportunities

Applications will be prioritized and equipment granted within the financial guidelines and budget restrictions of the Fund as approved by the Board of Directors.



Standard guidelines for funding have been set to a maximum of $10,000. Caps have been placed on the Bikes for Tykes program to a maximum of $1,000 and the Vehicle Adaptation program to a maximum of $5,000. Clients up to and including the age of 21 may be eligible for funding yearly.


There is no appeal procedure. The client/family is invited to re-apply if their situation changes significantly.


Programs for Individuals

Bikes for Tykes

The Bikes for Tykes program was introduced to provide funding for the adaptation of a bicycle for the individual needs of a child with a disability. We are pleased to announce more than 100 custom built bicycles totaling over $93,000 have been presented to children in Edmonton and northern Alberta.

Our goal is to provide a means for a child to participate in the everyday activities that all children enjoy; riding to the park, exploring unknown territory, and spending time with friends.  Bikes provide an independent mode of transportation that helps build self-esteem and gives a sense of freedom.  Special adaptations to a bicycle can help a child with disabilities "delight in being a child".

The scope of this project ranges from minor adaptations to a fully customized bicycle to provide the necessary support for a child's personal needs. Cost of adaptations can range from $500 up to $1,800 for a customized bicycle.

Special adaptations include:

Parents of children in the Edmonton and surrounding areas are encouraged to contact the You Can Ride 2 Program at as we support this program annually.

Children's Ability Fund Bursary

The Children's Ability Fund Bursary is awarded annually in amounts up to $5,000 at the discretion of the Board of Directors and may be allocated to more than one individual. The selection committee bases its decision on personal accomplishments and financial need.

Click here for the application form for the bursary.


Keyboards for Kids

The Keyboards for Kids program was introduced to provide funding for a portable, battery-powered, word-processing keyboard (Alphasmarts and Neos) for a child with a disability. We are pleased to announce more than 35 keyboards totaling over $15,000 have been presented to children in Edmonton and northern Alberta over the last nine years.

Our goal is to provide a learning tool for a child who lacks the ability to write by hand, or who may have nearly unintelligible penmanship. A keyboard enables production of more work with less energy expenditure, giving a greater sense of accomplishment and more enthusiasm for writing and learning. Cost of keyboards can range from $350 up to $500.

The Keyboards for Kids program has three criteria: a disability, financial need and a needs assessment completed


Vehicle Adaptation Program

The Vehicle Adaptation Program offers a grant up to $5,000 towards the cost of an accessible vehicle.
The nature and scope of vehicle conversions can range from relatively minor modifications such as the installation of mechanical hand controls, moderate modifications designed to provide greater accessibility to passenger positions, complex/customized modifications allowing the operation of the vehicle from a mobility aid using adapted driving controls or transporting an individual as a passenger versus driving the vehicle. 
Funding (as per our funding guidelines) is available to:
- modify an already-owned vehicle (work to be done by an accredited vendor)
- modify a new vehicle to be accessible
- to assist  with the purchase of a new accessible vehicle



Our Mission

As one of Alberta's longest serving charities - our mission is to provide funding to enhance the independence of children with disabilities throughout northern Alberta. We do this by providing funding for specialized equipment. "reach for the have the ability" Charitable Registration #119059756RR0001

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10024 164 Street NW, Edmonton AB T5P 4Y3

Ph (780) 454-9191

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