Community Living disABILITY Services

Survey for Families Involved with the Children’s disABILITY Services and Community Living disABILITY Services Programs

The Department of Families and the Family Advocacy Network (FAN) want to learn more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted families of loved ones involved with the Children’s disABILITY Services (CdS) and Community Living disABILITY Services (CLdS) programs.

An on-line survey is now available on the Manitoba Disability Community page at EngageMB and will be open for feedback until October 7, 2021. Information gathered from the survey will be used to help improve how we collectively support families to access services. 

The Department of Families and FAN encourage all families involved with the CdS and CLdS programs to participate in this opportunity to share their experience.


If you are In receipt of Employment and Income Assistance (EIA), you may have received a letter asking you to take part in the Service Needs Assessment Project (SNAP). This project would like to learn more about your interest in employment opportunities, any previous job experiences you have had or what you might want for training that could help you find work. 

As a participant in the Community Living disABILITY Services (CLDS) program, you might be wondering how this will affect the supports you are currently receiving or what it means for your ongoing participation with CLDS. The information below will help to answer those questions:

  • The SNAP project will be an opportunity for you to think about your goals for employment, employment experiences and what you might want for training.
  • The information gathered can help you talk to your service provider or your Community Service Worker (CSW) about potential employment opportunities.
  • Participation is totally voluntary and will not change any of the services and supports you already receive from CLDS.
  • Individual privacy will be a priority. Any information you provide during the interviews will be handled safely and securely.
  • SNAP is not part of the Income Support Program for People with Disabilities initiative

On behalf of CLDS, we hope you will consider taking part in the SNAP project. If you want to participate, or have more questions about how the project will work, please call (204) 560-3590.

Community Living disABILITY Services supports eligible adults with intellectual disabilities in Manitoba to live good and satisfying lives in their communities.

In Manitoba, people with intellectual disabilities have the right to make their own decisions. The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act is the law that gives you these rights. Community Living disABILITY Services follows the law’s guiding principles when we work with you.

Community Living disABILITY Services wants to understand what is important to you, and aims to make sure that you:

  • have opportunities to talk about your goals, wishes, and dreams with our program and your support network
  • have the information you need about the services we offer
  • have the information you need about funding for services
  • make decisions about your own life, including what services you may want
  • have the right amount of support you need to be happy and healthy
  • can do things in the community that are important to you
  • stay connected with your family and friends, and other important relationships
  • meet new people in your community

Community Living disABILITY Services can work with you to develop a person-centred plan. This plan will talk about the things that are important to you and the goals you have for yourself. Community Living disABILITY Services can provide services that will support you to meet your goals. Your family, friends and the people you know in the community are also an important part of living a good life. They too can support you to meet your goals.

It is important for you to know that Community Living disABILITY Services is a voluntary program. Some people choose not to receive services from the program. Others may need more services to have a good quality of life. You can choose to close your file with Community Living disABILITY Services at any time if you feel that you do not need services.  You can also re-open your file at any time.

Learn more about Community Living disABILITY Services by following the links on the left.

Continue to the next page to read about whether you are eligible and how you can apply.