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.

As of November 2, CDS is temporarily suspending in-person meetings with families for case management, child development, autism outreach and behavioural psychology services. Please inquire with service agencies about how they are adapting their services to your family.

Families are encouraged to reach out to their community services worker for support as CDS staff remain available by telephone, email and virtual visits. For help finding the phone number of CDS staff, contact your regional office or 204-945-5898.

While direct services, like respite and employment support, may still be offered at this time, a reminder to cancel services if any member of your household has COVID-19 symptoms, waiting for results of COVID-19 test, been in close contact with a positive case, or may have been exposed to the virus in an outbreak, or directed by Public Health to isolate or quarantine.

Delivery of equipment and medicals supplies will continue during the pandemic.

Questions about deliveries can be made to the Materials Distribution Agency (MDA) at 204-945-2105 or 1-800-561-8313. Requests for disability and health supports should continue to be made to the Disability and Health Supports Unit.

What's New

The new Self-Administered Invoice and Log Forms are now available for use by eligible families across Manitoba to invoice for their approved self-managed services.

Children's disABILITY Services

Family Supports for Children with Disabilities

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 day cares. You may also apply to the program directly by completing the Referral and Intake Application form 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.