Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)

Introduction

The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) program gives financial help to low and moderate-income families to cover some of the costs when caring for a child who has a severe disability.

Parents can get between $25 and $500 a month to help with costs, such as:

  • travel expenses to doctor appointments and hospitals
  • special shoes/clothes
  • trained caregivers
  • parental relief
  • wheelchair repairs, assistive devices
  • hearing aids, hearing aid batteries
  • prescription drugs
  • dental and vision care, including eyeglasses
  • social opportunities

How much a family receives depends on:

  • the family's income
  • the severity of the disability
  • the difficulties the child has, and
  • the extraordinary costs related to the disability.
Eligibility

A parent or a legal guardian can get help if the child:

  • is under 18 years of age
  • lives in Ontario
  • lives at home
  • has a severe disability that creates extraordinary costs
How to apply

Apply for ACSD

  • Contact your regional Ministry of Children and Youth Services office and ask for an application form.
  • Complete the application form and return it to the regional office along with any documentation required. You will also need to provide:
    • an expense report
    • a medical statement or psychological assessment confirming the child's disability
    • income verification
    • verification of the child's birth, and
    • a copy of the child's health card.

Notes

  • 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.
Difficulty
Hard Application
Tax filing
Yes
Jurisdiction
Topics
Disability
Family