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Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program

The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) 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 monthly assistance 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.

Resources to help fill out ACSD application:

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