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Assistance For Children With A Severe Disabilities Program

The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) program provides financial assistance to parents to help with the extraordinary costs related to their child’s severe disability.  It is a direct funding program for low and moderate income families.

Who Can Apply?

Parents, family members, legal guardians and individuals 16 of years of age and over may apply. 

Who is Eligible?

  • Children under the age of 18
  • Children who have a severe disability which results in a functional loss (Functional loss refers to a major loss of ability, or capacity to engage in any activity commonly considered necessary and appropriate to normal daily living.)
  • Resident of Ontario living at home with the parent/legal guardian
  • Have extraordinary costs which are incurred directly as a result of the disability (transportation to medical appointments or to a special program(s) related to the child's special needs; parental relief; learning and developmental equipment, medical supplies, etc.)

 What are extraordinary costs?

  • Transportation to and from medical appointments
  • Specialized clothing
  • Trained Caregivers
  • Caregiver Respite
  • Specialized learning and development equipment
  • Social Opportunities

 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 no less than $25 per month and no more than $465.00 per month
  • A drug card (includes prescriptions drugs)
  • A Dental card (basic coverage)
  • Vision and Hearing Services
  • Items related to vision and hearing services
  • The consumer contribution for an Assistive Device  under the Assistive Devices Program (provided through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)
  • The cost of an assessment for an assistive device and the cost of batteries and repairs necessary for mobility devices

How do I apply?

You can apply by filling out an application on your own or with the assistance of an agency or professional.  An application and expense report can be obtained through your local Regional Office. 

You will need the following information in order to determine eligibility for this program:

  • An application form dated and signed by the Applicant/Parent/Caregiver (enclosed) Note: unsigned application will be returned
  • A complete Expense Report (enclosed)
  • Questionnaire (enclosed)
  • Consent to Recover ACSD Overpayment Form (enclosed)
  • Consent to Disclose and Verify Personal Information Form (enclosed)
  • Copy of your birth verification, i.e. Canadian Birth Certificate or if the child was not born in Canada, provide a copy of immigration document 
  • Copy of your child's birth verification, i.e. Canadian Birth Certificate or if the child was not born in Canada, provide a copy of immigration document 
  • A copy of the child’s health card
  • A copy of MEDICAL documentation that details the child's disability or diagnosis, signed by a Physician or a Psychologist in Ontario (e.g. Psychological Assessment)
  • Copy of Notice of Assessment from previous year (showing line 150) for yourself (if singe), or for you and your spouse (if married or in a common-law relationship even if $0 amount). Note: If you are self-employed, you may be required to submit a copy of your Statement of Business Activities
  •  A copy of Canada Child Benefit (CCB) notice. This document is mailed to you from Canada Revenue Agency and it includes the name of your child/children and your marital status 
  • Bank information or a void cheque for direct deposit 

How are Decisions 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
  • 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
  • The expenses that the parent/guardian is incurring or might incur solely by reason of the severe disability of the child

What are the Income Qualifications?

The ACSD program is intent for low to moderate income families. The gross annual income must be within the levels set out in the Ontario Disability Act Guidelines as indicated in the chart below: 


Family Size

(including parents)

Full basic entitlement may be paid to:

(gross family income)

You may be eligible for some entitlement up to:

(gross family income)

 Up to 4



Up to 5



Up to 6



 Up to 7




Who do I contact for more information?

For more information on Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities, please contact one of the following:

MCYS Regional Office

Aide à légard d'enfants qui ont un handicap grave

If you live in Dufferin, Halton, Peel, Waterloo, Wellington:

Central West Region
6733 Mississauga Road, Suite 200 
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 6J5 
Tel.: (905) 567-7177 ext. 341
TTY: (905) 567-3219 
Fax: (905) 567-3215 
Toll Free: 1-877-832-2818

  • The Ontario Disability Support Program Office. Telephone numbers are also listed in the blue pages of the telephone book; or 
  • A  Municipal Ontario Works Office. Local offices are listed in the blue pages of the telephone book.

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