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.

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.


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 is an early intervention service for children from birth to 6 years of age who are eligible for Children disABILITY Services. The goal of this service is to maximize the overall developmental potential of children by transferring skills and knowledge to parents/caregivers and by building on families’ strengths. More information is available on the Child Development Service pamphlet.

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.