Children’s disABILITY Services (CDS) remains available to support children with disabilities and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, by adapting our services to follow current public health measures. Read the current edition of our COVID-19 bulletin.

  • CDS has now resumed in-person visits for case management, early intervention child development and autism services. Remote services are still available by telephone or videoconference.
  • CDS staff remain available by telephone and email. Families are encouraged to reach out to their community services worker for help navigating and accessing CDS and other services. For help finding the phone number of CDS staff, contact your regional office.
  • Families should cancel services like respite and employment support if any member of their household has symptoms of COVID-19 or potential exposure to the virus.
  • Autism Outreach/St.Amant Autism Programs Parent Information Sessions are now delivered by videoconference. Registered families will be contacted with details on participating in an online session.
  • Equipment and supply deliveries continue to be made by the Materials Distribution Agency (MDA). Contact MDA at 204-945-2105 or 1-800-561-8313 with delivery-related questions. Requests for disability and health supports continue to be accepted at the Disability and Health Supports Unit.

Children’s disABILITY Services

Family Supports for Children with Disabilities

What is Children’s disABILITY Services?

This program, provided through Manitoba Department of Families, supports families who are raising a child (or children) with developmental and physical disabilities, to meet some of the additional needs they may have.

How does Children’s disABILITY Services help families?

Children’s disABILITY Services offers a variety of resources and supports to parents to assist them to care for their children at home in their own communities, where children grow and thrive.

Does my child qualify?

Children under the age of 18, who live in Manitoba with their birth, adoptive or extended families, are eligible. Eligible children must also have a medical diagnosis confirming one or more of the following conditions:

  • intellectual disability
  • developmental delay
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • lifelong physical disability
  • high probability of developmental delay due to a pre-existing condition

How do I apply?

Some families are referred to Children’s disABILITY Services by medical professionals, schools, and day cares. You may also apply to the program directly by completing the Referral and Intake Application form and submitting it, along with diagnostic assessment or medical report, to the regional Children’s disABILITY Services office in your region.

Please note: Written confirmation of the child’s diagnosis must be included with all applications.

* The word “parent” is used to represent a birth, adoptive or extended family member who takes care of a child under the age of 18 in their home

What happens next?

If your child qualifies for the program, a Children’s disABILITY Services worker will connect with your family to look at your specific situation, and talk to you about your needs, goals and care concerns. The worker will provide you with information about supports that may be available through Children’s disABILITY Services and other agencies, such as child care facilities, schools and volunteer organizations.

The worker can also help you arrange for the services you need and, as long as your child remains eligible for Children’s disABILITY Services, a worker may remain involved until your child is 18, or you no longer need these services.