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.
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
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.
- 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.