Eligibility for the Program - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Eligibility for the Program

Show Answer Who is eligible for the FSCD program?

To be eligible for the FSCD program, the child must:

  • be a resident of Alberta;
  • be under 18 years of age;
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; and
  • have a disability.

Disability is defined as a chronic developmental, physical, sensory, mental or neurological condition or impairment, not including a condition for which the primary need is for medical care or health services to treat or manage the condition unless it is a chronic condition that significantly limits a child’s ability to function in normal daily living. The person applying for the program must be the child's guardian. Medical documentation is required confirming:

  • the child’s diagnosis and/or disability
  • that the child’s condition or impairment may lead to a disability and that the child is awaiting a medical diagnosis.

Show Answer What medical information do I need to provide to show my child has a disability?

FSCD requires a medical letter or report written by/or on behalf of one or more of the following health professionals who are able to make your child’s diagnosis within their scope of practice:

  • Physician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Psychologist.

The medical letter must include:

  • Your child’s name and date of birth
  • Your child’s diagnosis and a description of their condition
  • Description of how the disability affects their daily functioning
  • Where applicable, an explanation of long term or lifelong implications
  • When your child was diagnosed and by whom.

If your child was diagnosed more than two years ago, you will be asked to provide any documentation available about the original diagnosis, as well as recent information you have from health professionals who are currently involved with your child.

Show Answer Does the FSCD program pay for medical letters?

FSCD does not pay for medical letters. Health care professionals choose whether or not to charge to write medical letters for their patients.

Show Answer Does the FSCD program pay for medical/clinical assessments (e.g. an assessment by a speech therapist or psychologist)?

No, FSCD does not provide funding for medical/clinical assessments. These kinds of assessments are typically completed by a health care professional as part of the process to establish your child’s diagnosis, or as needed for their ongoing medical care and follow-up. Some assessments may also be provided through your child’s school to help plan for their educational needs.

Show Answer What specific diagnoses are eligible for the FSCD program?

Children with a wide range of diagnoses/disabilities and their families may be eligible for the FSCD program. Eligibility for the program is not based on a child’s specific diagnosis. The program considers how the child’s diagnosis impacts their ability to function in their day to day activities and what the family’s needs are.

Show Answer Are families of children with health conditions, such as cancer or cystic fibrosis, eligible for the FSCD program?

If a child has a chronic health condition that significantly limits their ability to function in normal daily living activities they may be considered as having a disability and their family eligible for the FSCD program. For example, if a child’s health condition restricts their ability to walk, talk, eat or feed themselves, sleep, understand or make decisions, or otherwise manage their basic personal care and hygiene activities in an age appropriate way, they may be considered to have a disability. If the primary need is for medical care and treatment, the child may not be considered as having a disability.

Show Answer Who determines if I am eligible for the FSCD program?

An FSCD worker makes this decision. The FSCD worker will review the information you provide in your application, as well as the medical letter or other medical information you provide regarding your child’s disability and consult with their supervisor or others as needed to make a well-informed decision.  The FSCD worker will contact you to discuss your child’s disability and may ask for some additional information if needed to clarify your eligibility for the program and then determine if you and your child are eligible for the FSCD program.

Show Answer Can I receive services for a child if I am not their parent or guardian?

Only parents or guardians can apply to, and receive services from, the FSCD program for their child.

Show Answer I am in Canada on a working visa. Can my family and child access FSCD services?

In order to be eligible for the FSCD program your child must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Show Answer Are families of First Nations children/children who live on reserve eligible for the FSCD program?

Yes, all families and their children in Alberta who meet the eligibility criteria for the FSCD program, including those who ordinarily live on reserve, may access the program.

Show Answer Is the FSCD program income tested?

No, FSCD is not income tested. Parents remain responsible for all of the normal costs associated with raising a child. Prior to accessing FSCD supports, families must access the supports, services and resources already available to them (e.g. employer health benefits plan). All other available resources must be utilized before the FSCD program will provide funding.

Show Answer Are the services free or are parents responsible for some of the costs?

Parents are responsible for all of the normal responsibilities and costs associated with raising a child, including responsibility for their child’s safety and supervision; decision making about their child’s education; providing medical and dental care; providing opportunities for their child to be involved in their community, recreational activities, sports, or lessons (within their means to do so), etc. and costs including: shelter, utilities, furnishings, food, health care, clothing and footwear, personal care items, transportation costs, child care and typical baby sitting costs, education related costs including reading material, recreational activities, clothing and equipment associated with sports, lessons or activities, gifts and other typical costs that may arise relevant to a family’s circumstances or choices, etc.

Show Answer What does the FSCD program consider to be a disability?

Disability is defined in the Family Support for Children with Disabilities Act as a chronic developmental, physical, sensory, mental or neurological condition or impairment but does not include a condition for which the primary need is for medical care or health services to treat or manage the condition unless it is a chronic condition that significantly limits a child’s ability to function in normal daily living. Children whose main need is for medical care and treatment for their health condition are not considered to be disabled. If a child has a chronic condition that restricts their ability to walk, talk, eat or feed themselves, sleep, understand or make decisions or otherwise manage their basic personal care and hygiene activities in an age appropriate way, they may be considered to have a disability.

Show Answer What are activities of normal daily living?

Those basic activities that are normally associated with the day to day fundamentals of:

  • Personal care, such as eating, grooming, bathing, dressing, toileting
  • Mobility, for example, walking, going up and down stairs, getting in and out of a car, bathtub, bed, etc.
  • Social Interaction, including expressive and receptive communication, problem solving, play and safety.
Created: 2012-12-19
Modified:
PID: 15777