Government Supports & Services

Disability Services Contacts

Eastern Region

  • St. John’s (709) 752-4800
  • Rural Avalon (709) 759-3354
  • Bonavista (709) 468-1001
  • Clarenville (709) 466-5700
  • Marystown (709) 279-7900

Central Region

  • Gander (709) 651-6241

Western Region

  • Corner Brook (709) 634-5551 ext. 0
    Stephenville (709) 643-8700

Labrador-Grenfell Region

  • St. Anthony (709) 454-3054
  • Happy Valley-Goose Bay (709) 897-3127
  • Labrador City (709) 282-5064

 

Intervention Services

If you have any questions or concerns please contact ASNL Manager, Programs and Services
Sarah White
swhite@autism.nf.net
709-722-2803 ext 226

Direct Home Services Program

  • Voluntary Program
  • No cost to the family
  • Families can self refer or receive a referral from a support with their consent
  • You do not need a diagnosis to avail of the program
  • The goal is to help you develop & implement skill teaching & behavioral strategies.
  • A Child Management Specialist will follow the family.
  • You will see a CMS once a week for six months and twice a month afterwards.
  • The parent or primary caregiver is required to be present during home visits.

Intensive Applied Behavioral Analysis Program (ABA)

  • • ABA falls under Direct Home Services
    • Any child with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who is pre-school aged to Grade 3 is eligible.
    • Applied behavioral analysis is an evidence-based, best-practice approach to early intervention for children with ASD.
    • Focuses on increasing positive behaviors and reducing challenging behaviours through programming.
    • Preschool children can receive up to 30 hours per week.
    • Kindergarten can receive up to 15 hours per week.
    • Grade 1 -3 can receive up to 10 hours per week.
    • The health authority will assign a senior therapist to follow the program.
    • Parents are responsible for hiring their ABA therapists.
    • The cost is covered by the program.

JASPER Intervention Summary

  • JASPER (Joint Attention, Symbolic Play, Engagement, and Regulation) is an evidence-based social communication intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prior to age 9.
  • The treatment is a short-term but shows positive long-term results.
  • Can be implemented in home or clinic by a trained clinician.
  • Sessions are twice a week for 12 weeks.
  • Targets four main areas for improvement; joint attention, symbolic play, engagement and regulation.
  • Strategies and step-by-step procedures to address the goals above, include:
    • environmental arrangement
    • supporting engagement & regulation
    • balancing imitating & modelling
    • establish & expanding routines

For more information regarding this service please contact a Child Management Specialist, Speech Language Pathologist, or Occupational Therapist with your Local Health Authority.  They will gladly help direct you to the appropriate contact person.

Community Behavioral Services Program

  • Available for individual’s school-aged and older who have significant behavioral concerns.
  • A referral to the program can be made by the family or a service provider (with the family’s consent) or the individual (if they are an adult).
  • Individuals will undergo an assessment by regional health authority staff known as behavior management specialists (BMS) to determine eligibility.
  • Its voluntary
  • Programming for those with development and or behavioral challenges.
  • It is a strengths-based program
  • Promotes community inclusion, positive programming and least restrictive treatment principles
  • provided within the home and community environments in which behavioral difficulties occur.
  • A BMS will visit the individual on a regular basis to complete a functional analysis/assessment
  • Participation of the individual’s parents or caregivers and the consistent implementation of programming are integral to the success of the program.

 

Provincial Home Support Program (Respite Care)

  • Can be purchased privately or subsidized through the health authority.
  • To be eligible for a financial subsidy, the individual must undergo a functional and financial assessment by professional staff from the regional health authority.
  • Services include the provision of personal and behavioral supports, household management and respite.
  • Are intended to supplement, not replace, service provided by the individual family and/or support network.
  • Referral for publicly funded home support service is through the Regional Health Authority (RHA) and can be initiated by anyone, including the individual who is requiring service.

A list of approved home support agencies can be found by clicking here 

Therapeutic and Professional Services

  • What is it? Professional staff at the RHAs provides a range of therapeutic and professional services in a variety of settings which support persons with disabilities.
  • How does it work? Staff may include social workers, nurses, behavioral and child management specialists, dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and laboratory technicians
  • Who is eligible? To learn more about eligibility for individual services contact your regional Disability Services office (contact numbers on inside cover of this booklet)

 

Residential

If you have any questions or concerns please contact ASNL

Manager, Programs and Services
Sarah White
swhite@autism.nf.net
709-722-2803 ext 226

Cooperative Apartment Program

  • What is it? This program offers a private residential setting operated by an incorporated community board of directors and staffed by a live-in supervisor and relief staff. The private residences are usually rented houses and are shared by up to three adults with intellectual disabilities and ASD. The main emphasis is on skill teaching and support to enable more independent living rather than providing a permanent residence.
  • Who is eligible? Individual must be older than eighteen (18) years of age, and have an intellectual disability (IQ below 70). The individual must require extensive supervision, and behavior management. Continued residence in the natural home setting or alternate family home is not possible even with the required support services.

Alternative Family Care Home Program

  • Offers private homes which have been approved to provide room and board, supervision and personal and social support.
  • Residence have 2 unrelated adults with intellectual disabilities and ASD.
  • Supports and services are available as necessary.
  • Monitoring and supervision is provided by the social worker assigned by the Regional Health Authority.
  • Individual must be older than eighteen (18) years of age, have an intellectual disability (IQ below 70), extensive supervision, and behavior management.
  • environment is required

Board and Lodging Supplement

  • Is a funding supplement for individuals who have identified needs and require a higher board and lodging rate to live in these arrangements.
  • Is based on assessed need, to an adult with psychiatric, physical and/or intellectual disabilities, 18 years of age and older, who reside with relatives or non-relatives.

Individualized Living Arrangements

  • Is established when no other service option is available or appropriate for an adult with an intellectual disability and ASD who is unable to reside with their natural family.
  • The funding for basic income support is provided by the Department of Immigration, Labour and Skills.
  • Additional funding for home support and other related costs provided by the RHAs.
  • Are managed by the individual, family, or operations committee.
  • Service is for an adult with an intellectual disability and ASD, meeting home support criteria and unable to reside with their natural family.

Shared Living Arrangements

  • Individuals with disabilities who require high levels of home support share the cost of a living arrangement and home support staff.
  • Funding may be provided from several sources such as the Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour and the Regional Health Authorities

 

Employment

If you have any questions or concerns please contact ASNL

Manager, Programs and Services
Sarah White
swhite@autism.nf.net
709-722-2803 ext 226

Job Trainer Support

  • Eligible individuals who have a developmental disability may avail of this support to help them obtain employment. Individuals wishing to access this support should contact Advanced Education, Skills and Labour.

Community Partnerships

The Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour provides funding to community agencies across Newfoundland and Labrador to deliver employment support services for eligible clients of the department. For the names of agencies offering this service in your area contact the Advanced Education, Skills and Labour office in your area.

Who to contact:

  • Avalon
    Department of Advanced Education, Skills & Labour
    Toll-free: 1-877-729-7888
    TTY: 1-877-292-4205
  • Central
    Department of Advanced Education, Skills & Labour
    Toll-free: 1-888-632-4555
    TTY: 1-877-292-4205
  • Western
    Department of Advanced Education, Skills & Labour
    Toll-free: 1-866-417-4753
    TTY: 1-877-292-4205
  • Labrador
    Department of Advanced Education, Skills & Labour
    Toll-free: 1-866-449-3144
    TTY: 1-877-292-4205

Opening Doors Program

  • What is it? An employment equity initiative of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Opening Doors Program comprises full time, permanent Opening Doors positions throughout the Provincial Public Service in various locations of the Province. PositionsPositions have been designated for persons with disabilities and may be filled only by members of this employment equity group who have been accepted for inclusion on the Office’s Client Registry.
  • Who is eligible: Opening Doors positions are filled based on merit. Those persons, who have the education and experience requirements – as identified in the position competition poster/statement of qualifications – are identified by the registry system and “screened into” the competition, i.e., they are referred to the hiring department for the interview process. The candidate who best meets the qualifications for the job – and who demonstrates this in the interview process – is then offered the position.
  • Who to Contact:
    (709) 729-5881
    Toll Free: 1-800-950-4414 openingdoors@gov.nl.ca  

Career Development Initiative for Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Crown Corporations

  • What is it? The Office of Employment Equity for Persons with Disabilities offers a career development initiative that provides wage subsidies to Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Crown Corporations that hire persons with disabilities in positions related to their education and training.
  • What is the goal? To provide work experience to those individuals who have completed post-secondary training but, due to their lack of job experience, are unable to secure employment related to their field of study. The purpose of these work assignment opportunities is to provide persons with disabilities the training-related, on-the-job, mentorship work experience that will make them more competitive in the labour market. Career development opportunities are a minimum of six months, after which time extensions can be negotiated.
  • Who to contact: (709) 729-5881

Wage Subsidy Initiative

  • The Office of Employment Equity for Persons with Disabilities can provide wage subsidies to Provincial Government Departments that hire persons with disabilities in positions related to their training. These contractual work experience opportunities enhance clients’ resumes, making them more competitive in the labour market. The positions may be up to a maximum of one year to provide participants with valuable work experience.

Student Summer Employment

  • What is it? This provides career-related work experience in the public service for post-secondary students with disabilities. Summer employment opportunities provide students with practical skills and knowledge to prepare them for their future entry into the labour market. Summer placements are generally 10 weeks in duration and run between June and September.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Currently attending a post-secondary educational institution. Returning to school in September. Registered with the office of Employment Equity for Persons with Disabilities
  • Who to contact: (709) 729-5881

 

Financial

If you have any questions or concerns please contact ASNL

Manager, Programs and Services
Sarah White
swhite@autism.nf.net
709-722-2803 ext 226

Child Care Subsidy Program

  • What is it? This program helps eligible parents or guardians pay for child care in a licensed child care centre or a regulated family child care home.
  • Who is eligible? Some or all of the cost may be covered depending on family income and service eligibility requirements (require child care for reasons of work/education, child development and/or family support)
  • How does it work? Families select the child care service they wish to access and the subsidy is paid directly to the licensee or provider on behalf of the family.

Who to contact:

  • Metro Region
    Telephone: (709) 729-4331
  • Central East Region
    Telephone: (709) 292-6283
  • Western Region
    Telephone: (709) 637-2763
  • Labrador Region
    Telephone: (709) 896-3591

Disability Tax Credit

  • What is it? The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable federal tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay.  The purpose of the DTC is to provide for greater tax equity by allowing some relief for disability costs, since these are unavoidable additional expenses that other taxpayers don’t have to face.
  • Eligibility Criteria: You are eligible for the DTC if approved on Form T2201. A medical practitioner has to complete and certify that you have a severe and prolonged impairment and must describe its effects.
  • Who to contact: Tax Information Phone Service 1-800-267-6999

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Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

  • What is it? a savings plan that is intended to help parents and others save for the long term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC).
  • What do I need to know? Contributions to an RDSP are not tax deductible and can be made until the end of the year in which the beneficiary turns 59. Contributions that are withdrawn are not included in income for the beneficiary when they are paid out of an RDSP. However, the Canada disability savings grant (grant), the Canada disability savings bond (bond), investment income earned in the plan, and rollover amounts are included in the beneficiary’s income for tax purposes when they are paid out of the RDSP. A beneficiary can only have one RDSP at any given time, although this RDSP can have several plan holders throughout its existence and more than one plan holder at any given time.

Eligibility Criteria: You can designate an individual as beneficiary if the individual:

  • is eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC);
  • has a valid social insurance number (SIN);
  • is a resident in Canada when the plan is entered into; and
  • is under the age of 60 (a plan can be opened for an individual and contributions can be made to it until the end of the year in which he or she becomes 59 years of age).The age limit does not apply when a beneficiary’s RDSP is opened as a result of a transfer from the beneficiary’s former RDSP.

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Child Disability Benefit

  • What is it? The child disability benefit (CDB) is a tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under age 18 with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions.
  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for the CDB, the child must have a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions. An impairment is prolonged if it has lasted, or is expected to last, for a continuous period of at least 12 months. A medical practitioner has to complete and certify that the child has a severe and prolonged impairment and must describe its effects on Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate. Once the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) receives a completed Form T2201, the CRA will advise you if the child is eligible for the disability tax credit and the CDB supplement.

 

Regional Health Support Program Contacts

Eastern Health

  • St. John’s and surrounding area (incl. Bell Island and Southern Shore) 752-4835 (over 65)752-4717 (under 65), Rural Avalon 227-3641
  • Bonavista 468-1001
  • Clarenville 466-5700
  • Marystown 279-7900

Central Health

  • Gander 651-6324

Western Health

  • Corner Brook 695-6263

Labrador Grenfell Health

  • St. Anthony 454-0129
  • Happy Valley-Goose Bay 897-3121
  • Lab. City 285-8172