In response to the COVID‑19 pandemic, Children’s disABILITY Services (CDS) is following recommended public health measures to protect the health and safety of families and staff.  Read the current edition of our COVID‑19 bulletin.

  • CDS and community service providers are currently planning how to resume in-person visits as soon as this can be done in a way that is safe for families and staff. Families are encouraged to connect with service providers to learn about how they are delivering their services during this period.
  • While in-person meetings with CDS staff have been reduced, families can continue to reach out to their community services worker for help navigating and accessing CDS and other services.
  • Note that the CDS COVID 19 call centre has been discontinued, effective June 6. Families should continue to contact their community service workers by phone or email, and they can call their regional office if they need help with finding the phone number of a CDS staff.
  • Families open to child development, autism outreach and behavioural psychology services can contact their service provider to receive telephone or video consultations during this period.
  • The autism outreach/St.Amant Autism Programs Parent Information Sessions have now resumed through videoconference. Families enrolled for the sessions will be contacted with details on participating in the session online.
  • While services such as respite and employment support may continue to be available, families are advised to cancel services if any member of their household is ill or at heightened risk of exposure to COVID 19.
  • Equipment and supplies deliveries continue to be made by the Materials Distribution Agency (MDA). Please contact MDA at 204-945-3000 or 1-800-561-8313 if you have any questions about the delivery of your order. Requests for disability and health-related supports can continue to be made to 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.