If you are a parent caring for a child with a severe disability, you may be able to receive some financial help.
The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program helps parents with some of the extra costs of caring for a child who has a severe disability.
Who can get help?
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.
What the program pays for
Parents can get between $25 and $440 a month to help with costs, such as:
- travel to doctors and hospitals
- special shoes and clothes
- parental relief
- wheelchair repairs
- assistive devices
- hearing aids
- hearing aid batteries
- prescription drugs
- dental care
How much a family receives will depend on:
- the family's income
- the severity of the disability
- the kind of difficulties the child has when
- feeding himself
- bathing himself
- the extraordinary costs related to the disability.
How to apply
- 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.