Autism Ontario Funding
One-to-One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families of children or youth with ASD who retain the services of a one-to-one support worker for their child to attend a community summer camp or summer program.
Maximum reimbursements of $600, per child or youth, (18 years or younger) will be made to subsidize services. Reimbursement will be made based on random selection.
Summer One to One Support Worker Reimbursement Fund information available around April. Please check this link for information and application process.
March Break Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families who either retain the services of a one-to-one support worker or pay for a March Break camp or program for their child/youth with ASD. Maximum reimbursements of $350, per child or youth, (18 years or younger) will be made to help subsidize services. Reimbursement will be made based on random selection.
Applications are accepted around the end of December. Please check this link for information and application process.
The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), through the Ministry of Community and Social Services, is designed to meet the unique needs of people with disabilities who are in financial need, or who want and are able to work and need support. The program has two components: income support and employment support.
Ministry of Children and Youth Services:
The Special Services at Home program helps families who are caring for a child with a developmental or physical disability. It is funded and managed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
The program helps families pay for special services in or outside the family home as long as the child is not receiving support from a residential program. For example, the family can hire someone to:
- help the child learn new skills and abilities, such as improving their communications skills and becoming more independent
- provide respite support to the family - families can get money to pay for services that will give them a break, or respite, from the day-to-day care of their child.
The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) program of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services provides help to parents to assist with some of the extra costs of caring for a child who has a disability. The purpose of the benefit is to help children who have disabilities live as normal a life as possible at home and in the community. In order to qualify for this program, financial and medical criteria must be met.
Ontario funds two programs for Respite Care that can give families a break, or respite, from the day-to-day care of their child with special needs.
Respite Services provides links to community respite providers.
The Ontario Child Benefit provides direct financial support to low to moderate income families – whether they are working or not. It helps parents with the cost of raising their children.
The Ontario Child Benefit supports about one million children in over 500,000 families. It provides a maximum payment of $1,356 per child per year.
You and your family may be eligible for Ontario Tax Credits and Benefits or other Ontario tax credits. Visit ontario.ca/taxcredits to learn more.
The Assistive Devices Program (ADP), through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, provides financial assistance to Ontario residents with long term physical disabilities to obtain basic, competitively priced, personalized assistive devices appropriate for the individual's needs and essential for independent living. Devices covered by the program, which may include augmentative communication devices, are intended to give people increased independence and control over their lives. They may allow them to avoid costly institutional settings and remain in a community living arrangement.
The Government of Canada announced the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), the Canada Disability Savings Grant, and the Canada Disability Savings Bond as a way to help Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future.
Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
If you are a Canadian resident under the age of 60 and are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, you are eligible for the RDSP. Earnings accumulate tax-free, until you take money out of your RDSP. Parent or guardians may open an RDSP for a minor. For more information, please see www.rdsp.com
Canadian Disability Savings Grant
Through the Canada Disability Savings Grant, the Government deposits money into your RDSP. The Government provides matching grants up to 300%, depending on the amount contributed and the Beneficiary's Family Income.
Canadian Disability Savings Bond
Through the Canada Disability Savings Bond, the government deposits money into the RDSP of low and modest-income Canadians.
Canada Revenue Agency
Tax and benefit information for persons with disabilities
CRA Guides/Forms and publications:
- Individuals - Persons with disabilities
- Guide RC4064, Medical and Disability-Related Information
- Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate
- Form T929, Disability Supports Deduction
More CRA documents. The following list are important documents for you to locate on the CRA website. The links change frequently, so the name is provided to ease your search:
- T2201 Disability Tax Credit Application Form
- Prior Year Re-File Form
- Allowable Medical Expense Listing
- Disability Deductions and Credits
- Disability Amount
The Incontinence Supplies Grant Program, administered by Easter Seals Ontario, is a program fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for children ages 3-18 with chronic disabilities (physical or developmental) that result in incontinence or retention problems lasting longer than six months requiring the use of incontinence supplies. An application form must be completed and signed by a medical physician licensed to practice in Ontario. The child must be a resident of Ontario and hold a valid Ontario health card. The grant is a contribution to the cost of supplies and may not cover all costs. Contact the Program Coordinator at 1-800-668-6252 ext 314.
Private Funding Foundations
Angels with Autism provides financial assistance to familes of individuals with autism to secure quality educational and therapeutic services, and to introduce sensory programs. The organization also provides scholarships to individuals with autism for post-secondary education.
Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity - assists children who are chronically or seriously ill, are 21 years of age or under and whose permanent residence is in Ontario. Family income has an impact on granting decisions. Completion of a Request for Assistance Form is required. The Form may be completed by the child's parent, physician, therapist, social worker, teacher or community liaison. Requests for assistance are considered in the following areas as they are related to the child's illness: CRISIS - Emergency Relief; CARE - Respite, Nursing Care; WELLNESS - Therapy, Medical. Further details about funding and the application process can be found on their website at www.jenash.org.
President's Choice Children's Charity is dedicated to helping children 18 years of age and under who are physically or developmentally challenged. The aim is to remove some of the obstacles that make everyday living extremely difficult and make it a little easier for the child or family to cope with the disability. PC Children's Charity provides direct financial assistance in the purchase of expensive mobility equipment, environmental modifications, physical therapy, and more. A financial assistance application form must be completed. Visit their website at www.presidentschoice.ca
Justin Eves Foundation This foundation provides assistance to post-secondary students who have learning disabilities.
Consider writing letters about your child's needs to local service clubs in your community, such as Kinsmen, Lions, Optimists or Rotary as they may be able to provide funding. For a complete listing of clubs in your area, contact your local library.
A Child's Voice Foundation - Kids Life-Line program provides much-needed assistance to financially challenged children and their families throughout Canada. Particularly at risk are children with special needs whose families are burdened financially by the extra support and services needed to care for their children. Through financial donations as well as products and services given to our Kids Life-Line program, a Child's Voice Foundation can answer just about any call for: · Transportation to and from medical appointments · Parking permits for hospital visits · Small medical equipment and supplies · Limited in-home nursing care · Medication not covered by government or insurance · Dental procedures not covered by government or insurance · Counseling · Food vouchers · Clothing. Visit www.acvf.ca for more information.
The Golden Griddle Children's Charities grants the wishes of terminally ill and severely disabled children, in the hopes of making their lives brighter.
Sunshine Dreams for Kids - grants dreams to children who are challenged by severe physical disabilities or life threatening illnesses. Although on its own, autism does not fall under the charity's eligibility criteria, the organization recognizes that children with autism often have other physical disabilities that limit their mobility, digestion etc. The applications of all children are assessed on an individual basis, and for those children with autism as well as other physical disabilities, a medical review panel reviews each application to determine if the severity of their disabilities falls within the mandate of the organization. Visit www.sunshine.ca for more information.
Easter Seals Access 2 Entertainment program- Easter Seals Canada manages an accessible customer service program called the . The Access 2 program helps businesses provide quality customer service for guests with permanent disabilities. Through the program, people with disabilities who require a support person carry a personalized Access 2 card with them (an authorized healthcare provider certifies the need for an attendant during the application process). The card indicates to the ticket seller that the individual requires the support of an attendant. Participating venues grant 1 free admission for the support person while the person with the disability pays the regular admission fee. The card acts as verification for the need for an attendant, thus eliminating the need for front line staff to make assessments on a person's disability - a process which becomes particularly difficult when the disability is not visible. For more information, visit www.easterseals.ca/english/access-2-entertainment-card
The Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program for Persons with Disabilities(RRAP-Disabilities) helps low-income homeowners and landlords to pay for repairs to modify homes to make them accessible to persons with disabilities. This program is offered through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to help Canadians choose housing and to improve their housing situation.
Canadian Tire Jump Start Program Canadian Tire JumpStart is a charitable program that helps kids in financial need aged 4 to 18 participate in organized sport and recreation activities.