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Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)

Program Name:

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program
For information call: 613-545-0539 or 1-800-646-3209


c/o Ministry of Community and Social Services
11 Beechgrove Lane,
K7M 9A6


The Assistance for Children with Severe DIsabilities Program (ACSD) provides financial assistance to parents to help with the extraordinary cost related to their child's severe disability.  It is a direct fundiing program for low and moderate income families.

Who Can Apply?

A parent or legal guardian whose child is under the age of 18 years, lives at home and has a severe disability.

What the Program pays for:

-travel to and from medical appointments
-specialized clothing
-caregiver respite (relief)
-wheelchair repairs
-assistive devices
-hearing aids and batteries
-prescription drugs
-dental care

What is included in the benefit?

-the amount of financial assistance is determined based on your yearly extraordinary expenses and your gross family income.  Minimum monthly payment is not less than $25 per month and no more than $440 per month
-a drug card
-a dental card (basic coverage)
-items related to vision and hearing services
-the consumer contribution for an assistive device under the Assistive Devices Program
-the cost of an assessment for an assistive device and the cost of batteries and repairs necessary for the mobility devices.

How is the decision made?

-applications are reviewed and assessed by a Special Agreements Officer who determines eligibility and the amount of money a family can receive based on the age of the child, the household gross income, the number of children in the home, the extent to which the child is severely limited in activities pertaining to normal living, and the expenses that the parent/guardian is incurring or might incur soley by reason of the severe disability of the child.

How to apply:

Apply Online

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