This is a Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services program that provides financial support to low- and medium-income families, to assist with the costs associated with supporting a child who has a severe disability.
Who is eligible?
Depending on income, a parent who’s child is under 18 years of age, who lives at home and has a severe disability may be eligible.
What can the funding be used for?
According to the MCCSS website, ACSD funding can be used to cover:
- travel to doctors’ appointments, hospitals and other appointments related to the child’s disability
- special shoes and clothes
- parental relief such as respite
- wheelchairs and other assistive devices, including repairs
- hearing aids and batteries
- prescription drugs
- dental and vision care, including eyeglasses
Support varies based on income and the size of the family, and can range from $25-$500 per month.
How can I apply?
You need to contact your local regional office to request a copy of the application form. It may take several months for your application to be processed, but generally you will be able to back-claim expenses to the date your approved application was received.
Here is a sample expense report showing some of the covered items, but the form appears to have been last updated in 2010, so it is likely not current.