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Families of Children Receiving Services under the Family Support for Children with Disabilities Program, Alberta


The Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) program uses a family-centred approach to provide parents with funding to access a range of supports and services that strengthen their ability to promote their child’s healthy growth and development. Supports and services are individually determined but may include respite services, extraordinary child care, aide services, counselling, medical appointment supports, health-related supports, disability-related clothing and footwear, specialized services and/or out-of-home living arrangements. The level and nature of support a family receives may vary depending on many factors such as the child’s disability and the family’s individual circumstances.

Children Children with disabilities Disabilities

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According to the Family Support for Children with Disabilities Act, a 'child' means a person under the age of 18. Primary disability diagnoses are grouped as follows: Autism Spectrum Other Developmental Conditions Physical/Motor Conditions Mental Health Disorders Sensory Impairments Health Conditions Unconfirmed Conditions Other Developmental Conditions include: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Brain condition or injury Cerebral Palsy Chromosomal anomaly or developmental delay Physical/Motor Conditions include: Muscular Dystrophy Musculo-skeletal system conditions Spina Bifida Spinal cord condition or injury Loss of limb/amputation Mental Health Disorders include: Attention Deficit Disorder Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Mood disorders Schizophrenia Tourette’s Syndrome Regulatory Disorder Sensory Impairments include: Blind Deaf Deaf/blind Hearing impaired Visually impaired Health Conditions include: Blood disease/disorder Cardiovascular disease Dento-facial and/or cranio-facial anomaly Digestive system disorder Disease of the skin and/or subcutaneous tissue Endocrine Nutritional Metabolic or immune disorder Genito-urinary condition Liver disease Neoplasm and/or cancer Respiratory condition Seizure disorder Unconfirmed Conditions or Impairments are generally for children who have not yet received a diagnosis. A caseload is the number of children who were approved for FSCD services during a specific reporting period.


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(780) 427-2071