The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) program provides financial assistance to parents to help with extraordinary cost related to their child's severe disability. It is a direct funding program for low and moderate income families.

Who Can Apply?

Parents, family members, legal guardians and individuals 16 of years of age and over may apply.

Who is eligible

  • Resident of Ontario
  • Children under the age of 18
  • Children who have a severe disability which results in a functional loss
  • Live at home with their families (or legal guardian)
  • Have extraordinary costs which are incurred directly as a result of the disability
    (transportation to medical appointments or to a special program(s)related to the child's special needs;
    parental relief; learningand developmental equipment, medical supplies,etc.)

What are extraordinary costs?

  • Transportation to and from medical appointments related to the child's disability
  • Specialized clothing and shoes
  • Trained Caregivers
  • Parental relief such as respite
  • Specialized learning and development equipment (Wheelchairs and assistive devices)
  • Social Oportunities 

What is included in the benefit?

  • The amount of financial assistance is determined based on your yearly extraordinary expenses and your gross family income. Minimum monthly payment is no less than $25 per month and no more than $500.00 per month.
  • Prescription drugs
  • Dental and vision care
  • Hearing aids and batteries
  • The consumer contribution for an Assistive Device under the Assistive Devices Program (provided through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)
  • The cost of an assessment for an assistive device and the cost of batteries and repairs necessary for mobility devices

How do I apply?

  • You can apply by filling out an application on your own or with the assistance of an agency or professional. An application and expense report can be obtained through your local Regional Office.
  • You will need the following information in order to determine eligibility for this program:
  • An application form - signed
  • A completed Expense Report
  • A medical statement or psychological assessment clearing confirming the diagnosis of your family member's disability
  • Income Verification
  • Verification of Birth for the qualifying child
  • A copy of the child's health card

How are Decisions Made?

Applications are reviewed and assessed by a Special Agreements Officer who determines eligibility and the amount of money a family can receive based on:

  • The age of the child
  • Household gross income
  • The number of children in the home
  • The extent to which the child is severely limited in activities pertaining to normal living
  • The expenses that the parent/guardian is incurring or might incur solely by reason of the severe disability of the child

What are the Income Qualifications?

The ASCD program is intent for low to moderate income families. If the family's income were above the set limits, the benefit would not be given, or may be reduced according to the provincial sliding scale. 

Family Size

(including parents)

Full basic entitlement may be paid to:

(gross family income)

You may be eligible for some entitlement up to:

(gross family income)


Up to 4






Up to 5






Up to 6






Up to 7







Who do I contact for more information?

For more information on Assistance for Children with Severe
Disabilities, please contact one of the following:

Ministry for Children and Youth Services

Aide à légard d'enfants qui ont un handicap grave

Central West Region
Mississauga Office
Tele: 905 567 7177 ext. 341
1 877 832 2818
Fax: 866 563 9708

  • The Ontario Disability Support Program Office. Telephone numbers are also listed in the blue pages of the telephone book; or  
  • A Municipal Ontario Works Office. Local offices are listed in the blue pages of the telephone book.