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Sources of Funding

​Gifted People Services provides assistance to fill out various applications and forms for parents with individuals with special needs. Please contact our Program Manager by email: program@giftedpeopleser.org to book an appointment.

SUPPORT FROM FEDERAL GOVERNMENT  

Disability Tax Credit

People with disabilities may be eligible for financial assistance from Canada Revenue Agency, including the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). To find out more visit the website of the Canadian Revenue Agency.

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a long-term savings plan to help Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future. If you have an RDSP, you may also be eligible for grants and bonds to help with your long-term savings.

SUPPORT FROM THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

Under 18 years old (Ontario)

There are many local programs and services to help children with special needs and their families. Ontario provides services so they can participate fully at home, at school, in the community, and as they prepare to achieve their goals for adulthood.

Ontario Autism Program

You might be eligible to receive services in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). These services will be flexible, individualized, family-centered, and based on a clinical assessment of your child’s or youth’s unique needs.

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)

The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) program provides financial assistance to parents to help with extraordinary costs related to their child's severe disability. It is a direct funding program for low and moderate-income families. Child Development Resource Connection Peel is a non-profit agency with charitable status.

Special Services at Home (SSAH)

The Special Services at Home (SSAH) program helps families who are caring for a child with a developmental and/or physical disability. It is funded and managed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Over 18 years old (Ontario)

Ontario Disability Support Program provides financial assistance to help you and your family with essential living expenses, benefits, for you and your family, including prescription drugs and vision care, help finding and keeping a job, and advancing your career.

DSO

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) is the access point for adult developmental services funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) in Ontario. There are nine DSO agencies located across the province; serving different counties and regions.

Passport Program

The Passport program is a reimbursement program that helps adults with a developmental disability participate in their community. You can either choose to receive the money directly or purchase your support and services through an agency.

SUPPORT FROM MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT

 

Support Person Assistance Card:

The Support Person Assistance Card is a photo card that identifies the eligible cardholder as someone who needs to be accompanied by a support person during their commute. Different cities or regions might have different policies. 

City of Toronto

York Region

 

Welcome Policy(City of Toronto)

Welcome Policy is a recreation fee subsidy to help Toronto residents access recreation programs. Eligible individuals and families will receive an annual financial credit that can be used towards the cost of recreation programs offered by the City of Toronto.

Childcare Subsidy: 

Child care subsidy is financial assistance that can help with the costs of child care. A full subsidy pays for the cost of a space in a childcare program. This program has special requirements for kids with special needs.

City of Toronto

York Region

Peel Region

Durham Region

SUPPORT FROM CHARITIES AND FOUNDATIONS

​Autism Ontario

Autism Ontario is the leading source of information and referral on Autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the Autism community.

Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity

Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity, the charity helps children with a physical disability, severe medical issues that cannot be controlled by medication and disrupt the life of the child and family, and mental Health Disorders. To receive funding you have to meet eligibility requirements, please check the website for more details.

Children’s Respite Flexible Fund (Kerry's Place Autism Services)

Children’s Respite Flexible Fund (Kerry's Place Autism Services). The purpose of the Children’s Respite Flexible Fund is to help caregivers get the flexible and individualized support their family needs for them to take intervals of time off from their caregiving duties.

Jumpstart (Canadian Tire)

Jumpstart (Canadian Tire) When families need a little financial boost to get kids involved in a sport, dance team, or other active program, they need to fill out an application.

Ceridian Cares

Ceridian Cares provides grants for food, clothing, footwear, and household items. The charity assists with medical devices, home adjustments for barrier-free living, and recreation programs for individuals and families in need.

 

ACCESS 2 CARD

The Access 2 Card program promotes accessibility & inclusion for persons with disabilities. Learn more about participating entertaining, cultural and recreational venue partners.

 

Sophia Fund

Gifted People Services is committed to providing better services and assistance to more families with Autism and will join hands with Sophia Care Foundation to launch Sophia Fund. Each eligible family will have the opportunity to receive financial assistance of $300 for their child's treatment and ability improvement.

 

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