Losing a limb can be a major financial burden beyond the means of many people. Government support only covers about 75% of the cost of a basic prosthesis.
Such a device does not meet basic mobility and functional needs. These devices are much more expensive. In October of 1993 the Ministry of Health made drastic cutbacks to the Assistive Device Program. The NAA lobbied the government by meeting with Christel Haeck MPP to voice our concerns and to present her with a petition. She in turn presented our concerns in a meeting with Ruth Grier the then Minister of Health. Subsequently the replacement period for assistive devises was reduced from four years to three years for those over the age of nineteen. Providing funding to help individuals replace devices is a major and ongoing challenge.
The NAA raises funds through membership fees, car washes, raffles, garage sales, donations and most importantly through Bingo. Bingo is done two to three times monthly and currently generates most of our income.