Traverse Independence assists adults with acquired brain injuries (ABI) and physical disabilities in traversing the distance between where they are today and where they dream of being – independent and self-sufficient. In partnership with eSSENTIAL Accessibility, Traverse Independence offers a free assistive technology app that helps people with disabilities navigate the web, enhancing customer service and advancing its mission through a more inclusive online experience.

“Through our work at Traverse Independence, we witness firsthand the multitude of accessibility challenges people with a disability can face on a daily basis. We owe it to our clients to share any tools we have to maximize their ability to live independently.”

– Toby Harris, CEO


People who have trouble typing, moving a mouse or reading due to a variety of conditions such as:

  • Stroke/paralysis
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Brain Injury
  • Dyslexia
  • Mild visual impairment
  • Limited proficiency in English
  • Literacy deficiencies
  • Other learning or reading issues


Simple to use, the eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app is activated in moments.

User Guide

Using a Mac? Click here to learn about using the app on an Apple computer.


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Traverse Independence’s goal is to achieve measurable change in the lives of its clients with acquired brain injuries and physical disabilities. This starts with establishing a barrier-free environment, both online and in our physical space. Traverse Independence proudly meets or exceeds the provincial standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in all areas, including customer service, employment, information and communications and built environment. Traverse Independence’s website also conforms to universal accessibility standards.

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Traverse Independence is client centered, providing innovative and flexible support services that empower clients to live independently. Read inspiring client testimonials that demonstrate how the programs and services at Traverse Independence make a positive difference in their lives.

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More than 100 dedicated staff work at Traverse Independence’s eight locations. The organization welcomes the talent of people from diverse backgrounds who are interested in joining a team that is passionate, skilled and valued. Accommodations for applicants with disabilities are available upon request to the HR department. Traverse Independence is committed to being an inclusive workplace, and complies with all Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) employment standards.

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