Developmental disabilities

The Ministry of Community and Social Services funds many services and supports to children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families. Most services are delivered through community-based agencies.
Services include:

Who is eligible for these services?

Services are available to children who have a developmental disability.

What is a developmental disability?

The Child and Family Services Act defines a developmental disability as: "A condition of mental impairment, present or occurring during a person's formative years that is associated with limitations in adaptive behaviour."

In other words, it's an impairment in cognitive function that arises before adulthood and usually lasts throughout life.

How to apply for these services

It depends on the program. It's best if you contact the regional office nearest you.

Programs

Behavioural Management Program

This program, which is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, provides assessment and treatment services for children and youth up to the age of 18 with a developmental disability who also have behavioural issues.

Services are provided through community hospitals and local community agencies.

For more information:

Contact the regional office nearest you.

Developmental disabilities

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services funds about 50 Infant Development Programs.

These programs are designed to help children up to five years of age who have a developmental disability or who are at risk of developmental delay.

For more information:

Contact the regional office nearest you.