Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) Tip Sheet
Quick tips and a video to help families and caregivers access this financial assistance program
* Published on April 6, 2021
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.
- The child must qualify as having a severe disability. This is defined as an ongoing developmental or physical condition that results in functional loss. Functional loss refers to a major loss of ability, or capacity, to engage in any activity commonly considered necessary and appropriate to normal daily living. Examples include walking, communication, self-feeding, dressing and personal hygiene.
- Income-based funding source.
- To be eligible, you must be the parent or guardian of an individual who:
- Is under the age of 18 years old
- Lives in your home
- Has a severe disability
- The amount of ACSD funding that can be received is based on:
Full Basic Entitlement may be paid upto:
(gross family income)
You may be eligible for some entitlement upto:
(gross family income)
Up to 4 $42,000 $66,000 Up to 5 $43,000 $67,000 Up to 6 $44,000 $68,000 Up to 7 $45,000 $69,000
* As of September 2018 (Subject to change)
How to Fill Out The ACSD Application Form
Start Here: Declaration
All parents or guardians need to sign and have witness sign as well.
Section 1: Transportation to Doctors/Hospital/ClinicList all medical professionals and estimate how many times per month you are seeing them and how you are getting there.
See example below:
|Family Doctor||1 x per month||Car||15 km x .40 = $6 x 12 visits per year = $72||$10 x 12 visits per year = $120||$192|
Section 2: Meal CostsList all medical professionals above if you get food while attending appointments.
See example below:
|Family Doctor||12 visits a year||$8||2 people||$192|
Section 3: Extraordinary Babysitting / Childcare costsIf you use a babysitter for your other children while attending the medical appointments listed above, please list the associated costs.
See example below:
|Babysitting for Two Children||8 & 6 years old||$15/hour||4 hours per visit||6 visits a year||$360|
Section 4: Extra ClothingList any additional clothing purchases that are directly related to the child’s disability. For reasons such as excessive wear, lost items, sensory issues, messy eaters, accidents, etc.
List all items and how many extras you purchase through the year.
See example below: 5 extra pairs of pants x $20 = $100
2 extra snowsuits x $50 = $100
List total of all clothing items under yearly costs.
Section 5: Other Clothing CostsList all clothing alterations, bedding, mattress protectors etc.
Section 6: DiapersList all clothing alterations, bedding, mattress protectors etc.
Calculate your yearly diaper expenses. If you are receiving Easter Seals, subtract what you receive from your total. If you are not receiving Easter Seals, put the full amount under your yearly costs.
To Apply to Easter Seals, see Link: www.easterseals.org. Click on Services tab.
Section 7: Laundry Costs and Cleaning SuppliesIf your child is frequently changing their clothes and requires more than 3 loads of laundry each week consider the formula below: 2 extra loads x $5 = $10 x 52 weeks = $520 1 extra Laundry detergent (additional laundry) per month @ $17 x 12 = $204
Section 8: Shoes, Boots and OrthoticsIf you a require more then 4 pairs of shoes and 1 pair of boots for your child, please list cost below.
If Orthotics are required, please include a copy of the prescription and receipt, for any amount not covered by insurance.
Section 9: Special DietIf your child has been prescribed a special diet, requires supplements, or has severe allergies please include the additional food cost.
Example: Ensure $15 x 52 weeks = 780
Section 10: Special Learning and Development EquipmentList items that you purchase to support your child’s learning and list $300 under your yearly expenses.
You may consider the following examples:
- Arts and craft supplies
Section 11: Special Education and Nursery SchoolList any special education classes that have been purchased. Please provide receipts for these services. This may also include tutoring services.
Section 12: Camp FeesList any camps your child has attended in the past year. Please provide receipts for these costs. If camp has not been attended due to lack of finances, you may want to write "if funding was available, I would like my child to attend camp"
Section 13: Social Program ExpendituresList any social or recreation programs your child attended and associated cost. If you have not registered but would like to in future, please consider using the following statement.
"if funding was available I would like to register my child for …"
Some examples of social / recreation programs include:
- Social skills
- Girl guides
- Parks and Recreation activities
Section 14: Parent ReliefYou can claim $150 a month for respite/parent relief. Please list the name of your worker or program (afterschool or weekend respite). You can use a family member if they are not living in the same home as you.
Section 15: Drug CostsList all cost related to your child’s health that is not covered by OHIP or other insurance you may have.
Some examples you can use are:
- Prescribed creams
- Allergy medication
Section 16: Equipment for Hearing ImpairmentPlease list all cost associated with your child’s hearing impairment if applicable.
Such as: Hearing aid batteries, Special headphones
Section 17: Medical and Surgical SuppliesPlease list all cost for supplies
Such as: Gloves, Tape, Tensor Wraps, Sterile gauze, Bandages
Section 18: Repairs to Special EquipmentPlease list all costs you incur maintaining special equipment.
Some examples may be:
- Walker or braces
- Tablet/iPad used for communication
Section 19: Other ExpensesList all other expensive that have not been covered in the sections above.
Some examples to consider:
- Damage to household items including repairing/painting walls
- Patching up holes in the wall
- Broken appliances
Consent to disclose and verify personal information and consent to recover overpayments.Please ensure two consents are completed and signed.
Please make copies of supporting documentation to be included with the application:
- Birth Certificate/ Passport/ Immigration status of child
- Copy of Child’s Health Card
- Void Cheque
- Diagnosis Information / Reports (School IEP)
- Most current notice of assessment for all household income earners
- Birth Certificate / Passport / Immigration status of Caregiver
- Most recent copy of the Canadian Child Benefit
We recommend making a copy of your application for your records.Mail in the application to: 375 University Ave. 5th Floor, Toronto ON, M7A 1G1