Samantha Atchison is pushing Queen's Park for changes in healthcare policy. Her four-year-old daughter, Johanna, can become more independent with the use of a special pair of glasses.

However, she says the assistive devices program doesn't cover the new device.

"Five thousand dollars is a lot of money. So, if we can change the assistive devices program to include more technology and make it more affordable for people. They could live a more fulfilling life, a happier life, a more independent life," says Samantha Atchison.

Johanna was born without eyesight. The province will cover equipment for Braille to help her read and write. A white cane to help her walk around is also covered.

The glasses come with a special miniature camera and speaker. The camera is able to help Johanna by recognizing faces, then telling Johanna who was nearby. The camera would also be able to read such things as street signs, as well as most packaging labels.

There are media reports the incoming Progressive Conservative government is looking for innovative ways to reduce healthcare budgets by using technology to keep people in their homes and community longer. While waiting for movement from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, the Atchisons have been lobbying service clubs.

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