If you are a parent caring for a child with a severe disability, you may be able to receive financial support through the Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program. This program provides financial support for low- to moderate-income families to cover some of the extra costs of caring for a child who has a severe disability.
A parent or a legal guardian whose child:
- is under 18 years of age,
- lives at home,
- and has a severe disability
may be eligible to receive help under this program depending on the family's income.
Depending on the income and size of the family, the program may provide between $25 and $470 a month to help with costs, such as:
- travel to doctors’ appointments, hospitals and other appointments related to the child’s disability
- special shoes and clothes
- parental relief such as respite
- wheelchairs and other assistive devices, including repairs
- hearing aids and batteries
- prescription drugs
- dental and vision care, including eyeglasses
How much a family receives will depend on:
- the family's income
- the size of the family,
- the severity of the disability and
- the extraordinary costs related to the child’s disability
How to apply
The program is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
- Contact your local regional office and ask for an application form.
- Complete the application form and return it to the regional office along with any documentation asked for.
- A Special Agreements Officer will review your application and will contact you if they need more information.
- You will receive a letter saying whether or not you qualify for a grant and, if so, how much you will receive.