The Allowance for Special Needs Program is intended for you if you have a major functional disability or another recognized disability.
It allows you to benefit from various types of support related to your disability (e.g. specialized services, paratransit services, housing allowance, material resources) that are necessary for pursuing your studies in:
secondary school, in vocational training
secondary school, in adult education
The Program awards you financial assistance only for the types of support that are not reimbursed under other programs.
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee or protected person status.
Be admitted to a recognized educational institution and study at the secondary school, vocational training, adult education, college or university level.
Be enrolled in a minimum of 6credits or 76course hours per study period or term or a minimum of 20course hours per month. If this is not the case, only specialized services and transcription in Braille will be reimbursed.
Types of disabilities
A major functional disability is recognized if it is permanent and significantly limits academic activities. It can be:
a severe visual impairment
a severe hearing impairment
a motor or organic impairment that causes significant and persistent limitations
The other recognized disabilities are:
limited hearing capability (minimum threshold of 25decibels)
language or speech impairment
These disabilities must be diagnosed by a healthcare professional and be recognized by the Program.