Families

NOTICE

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

Children’s disABILITY Services offers a range of services and supports. Many can be provided at home, in a child care centre, at school or at another site chosen by the therapist or a Children’s disABILITY Services worker.

*Please note: The amount of service a family receives depends on eligibility, assessed need and the program resources available.

Respite

Respite is a break from the very unique demands of caring for a child with disabilities. It is available to parents who need a short-term break, and can be provided in or outside the child’s home. For children who have lifelong, complex medical needs, respite can be provided by a registered nurse through the local regional health authority.

Therapy

Children who need therapy services will be referred to their regional central intake for the Children’s Therapy Initiative (CTI). Families can also self refer. Therapies that may be available include occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and audiology. For more information please visit Children's Therapy Initiative.

Child Development Services for Pre-school Children

Child development staff work with parents to identify their child’s strengths and goals. Staff teach parents and caregivers ways to help the child develop and learn new skills.

Autism Services

Autism Outreach: This service teaches parents and caregivers autism intervention methods that are personalized and flexible. Autism specialists work closely with child-development staff to deliver the service.

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA): Programming based on the principles of ABA is available for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Programs are personalized and use behavioural strategies to teach skills across a number of areas.

Behavioural Services

Behavioural specialists may assess a child’s challenging behaviours, and, together with the family, develop a plan that addresses the child’s needs.

Summer Skills Programming

Children’s disABILITY Services can help school-age children maintain their skills during the summer months. This is done by providing supports children need to access programs and activities that promote what they have learned during the school year.

After-school Care for Adolescents

After-school care may be available for adolescents who can no longer access child care, but still need to be looked after and supervised outside school hours, while their parents are at work.

Supplies, Equipment and Home/Vehicle Modifications

Children’s disABILITY Services may provide funding for certain supplies, equipment and home or van modifications at a basic level. These supports are provided through the Disability and Health Supports Unit. For more information on what’s available, visit Disability and Healthy Supports Unit.

Transportation

Families may receive financial support to subsidize the costs of transportation to and from their child’s medical appointments and other specialized services. This support is mainly provided to families in rural and northern Manitoba.

What are the limits to these services?

Children’s disABILITY Services recognizes that each family’s circumstances are different, and assesses the needs of each family individually. The amount of service a family receives depends on eligibility, assessed need and the program resources available.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the regional Children’s disABILITY Services office for your community.