Children's disABILITY Services

Family Supports for Children with Disabilities


Children's disABILITY Services (CDS) is pleased to be partnering with St.Amant to deliver case management services to families raising children with autism. This will eliminate the current case management wait list for all families, and ensure every CDS-eligible families will have a case worker.

CDS will start transferring families to St.Amant beginning in Spring  2023, with a thoughtful and phased approach happening throughout the remainder of the fiscal year. Families have already been advised if they will transfer to St.Amant for case management.

For more information on this initiative, please see the St.Amant Case Management Questions and Answers page


What is Children's disABILITY Services?

This program, provided through Manitoba Department of Families, supports families who are raising a child (or children) with developmental and physical disabilities, to meet some of the additional needs they may have.

How does Children's disABILITY Services help families?

Children's disABILITY Services offers a variety of resources and supports to parents to assist them to care for their children at home in their own communities, where children grow and thrive.

Does my child qualify?

Children under the age of 18, who live in Manitoba with their birth, adoptive or extended families, are eligible. Eligible children must also have a medical diagnosis confirming one or more of the following conditions:

  • intellectual disability
  • developmental delay
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • lifelong physical disability
  • high probability of developmental delay due to a pre-existing condition

How do I apply?

Some families are referred to Children's disABILITY Services by medical professionals, schools, and child care facilities. You may also apply to the program directly by completing the Referral and Intake Application form (PDF) and submitting it, along with diagnostic assessment or medical report, to the regional Children's disABILITY Services office in your region.

Please note: Written confirmation of the child's diagnosis must be included with all applications.

* The word "parent" is used to represent a birth, adoptive or extended family member who takes care of a child under the age of 18 in their home

What happens next?

If your child qualifies for the program, a Children's disABILITY Services worker will connect with your family to look at your specific situation, and talk to you about your needs, goals and care concerns. The worker will provide you with information about supports that may be available through Children's disABILITY Services and other agencies, such as child care facilities, schools and volunteer organizations.

The worker can also help you arrange for the services you need and, as long as your child remains eligible for Children's disABILITY Services, a worker may remain involved until your child is 18, or you no longer need these services.