The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) program of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services provides help to parents to assist with some of the extra costs of caring for a child who has a disability. The purpose of the benefit is to help children who have disabilities live as normal a life as possible at home and in the community. In order to qualify for this program, financial and medical criteria must be met.
The Special Service at Home (SSAH) program of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services helps children with developmental or physical disabilities and adults with a developmental disability to live at home with their families by providing funding on a time-limited basis to address individual needs. With this funding, families can purchase supports and services which they could not normally provide themselves and are not available elsewhere in the community. http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/specialneeds/specialservices.aspx
Ministry of Community, Family and Children’s Services – Ontario Disability Support Program
(ODSP) Intended to meet the needs of people with disabilities and help them to become more independent. https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/odsp/
Ministry of Children and Youth Services – provides information regarding child welfare, family intervention services, children’s community support services, children’s mental health services, and child care. This includes funding programs and services for Children with Special Needs. Autism Link: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/specialneeds/autism/ontario-autism-program.aspx
Ministry of Health and Long-term Care – Assistive Devices Program (ADP) – the objective of this program is to assist Ontario residents with long term physical disabilities to obtain basic, competitively priced, personalized assistive devices appropriate for the individuals needs and essential for independent living. http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/adp/
More information can be found at the Ministry of Community and Social Services website:
The Disability Tax Credit is available to individuals who have a severe and prolonged physical or mental impairment, or their representative, as diagnosed by a qualified practitioner. For more information about this tax credit please visit the Canada Revenue website at: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/segments/tax-credits-deductions-persons-disabilities/disability-tax-credit.html#DTC
Easter Seal Society administers the Incontinence Supplies Grant Program for children and youth with chronic disabilities (physical or developmental) that result in irreversible incontinence or retention problems lasting longer than six months requiring the use of incontinence supplies. For more information on The Easter Seals Incontinence Program please visit: http://www.easterseals.org/services/incontinence-supplies-grant/
Respite Links for Eligibility and Funding:
www.respiteservices.com has links to the following:
- Special Services at Home
- Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
- Respite Care Service
- Respite Enhancement Funding
Presidents Choice Children’s Charity is dedicated to helping children who are physically or developmentally challenged. Our aim is to remove some of the obstacles that make everyday living extremely difficult and make it a little easier for the child or family to cope with the disability. We provide direct financial assistance in the purchase of expensive mobility equipment, environmental modifications, and physical therapy and more. https://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/community/pccc.html
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Get kids in the game by covering the costs of equipment, registration
and/or transportation. We also lend support to unique initiatives aimed at increasing access to sport and
recreation programs. http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en.html
Do you have a child with a physical or developmental disability? Are they 18 years of age or under? Do they need help with mobility equipment, an environmental modification or therapy.
Ontario March of Dimes enables people with physical disabilities to participate more fully in community life, by providing them with the tools they need to enhance their independence. Programs and services include: Home & Vehicle Modification Program, Assistive Devices Program, and Recycled Rental Equipment Program. https://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/programs/adp/Pages/Adp.aspx
Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada provides basic medical equipment, on loan, from a stock of recycled devices such as scooters, manual and electric wheelchairs, and hospital beds. Some funding assistance may be available for the purchase of new equipment. http://www.muscle.ca/we-can-help/financial-assistance/
Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) offered through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The program offers financial assistance to homeowners and landlords to undertake accessibility work to modify dwellings occupied or intended for occupancy for low-income persons with disabilities. https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/developing-and-renovating/funding-opportunities/on-reserve-renovation-programs/residential-rehabilitation-assistance-program
CRA Tax Services Office provides information on tax deductibles, related to medical expenses.
Service Clubs – there are a number of service clubs in the area who aim to assist individuals within their local communities. For a listing of clubs in your area, contact your local library. Some examples in the area include:
Wish Foundations – various groups who offer to grant wishes of children with severe disabilities or terminal illness. Please see each foundation for additional information.
A World of Dreams – www.awdreams.com
- Make a Wish Foundation Canada – www.make-a-wish.ca
- A Child’s Voice Foundation – www.achildsvoicefoundation.com
- Starlight Children’s Foundation – www.starlightcanada.org
- Sunshine Dreams for Kids – www.sunshine.ca/dreams.htm
- The Children’s Wish Foundation – www.childrenswish.ca
- Aladdin Children’s Charity – www.aladdincharity.org
Individualized Passport Supports
Participation Lodge supports individuals and families in using their Passport funds based on the principles of choice and community participation. We also support and encourage Person-Directed Planning, which enables individuals and their networks to identify life goals, areas of interest and to brainstorm possible opportunities.
For more information on: how to apply for Passport Funding; our fee for service; funds administration options and; how you can connect to community-based activities, please contact Participation Lodge at firstname.lastname@example.org