Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
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Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

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
  • eyeglasses.

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 walking, communicating, feeding himself or 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.
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