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.