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 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.


Children who need therapy services will be referred to their regional central intake for the Outreach Therapy for Children (OTC) program or the Children’s Therapy Initiative (CTI). 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 program 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.


Families may receive financial support to cover 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?

To speak with someone about Children’s disABILITY Services, please contact the Department of Families office in your community. Please see all Office Locations.