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Services for persons with a physical or intellectual disability or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)


Services intended for persons with a physical or intellectual disability or an autism spectrum disorder to develop, maintain, and compensate for their disabilities and promote their autonomy and social participation. These services are also intended for family and loved ones.

Presentation and objectives

The services offered enable persons with a disability or an autism spectrum disorder to achieve an optimal degree of autonomy and social participation. They can also help these individuals achieve their life plans.

Three categories of services are available:

Support and guidance for carrying out life habits

These are local services that are often offered in the individual’s living environments, such as the home, school, or workplace. They aim to compensate for functional disabilities and reduce the risk of harm to ensure the safety of activities related to life habits.

  • Home support services
  • Residential services
  • Support for meaningful and rewarding activities
  • Support services for family and friends

Development or recovery of life habits

This category of services focuses on skills acquisition and recovery, ability development, and the reduction of disabilities and barriers. These services, which are offered in the individual’s living environments or at an institution, help eliminate or reduce disabilities.

  • Child development services
  • Personal autonomy development services
  • Socioresidential services for developing responsibilities and autonomy
  • Communication, social, emotional, and sexual development services
  • Community and leisure integration services
  • Educational and social and occupational integration services

Partner and community support

This type of service is for partners such as agencies and municipalities that play a role with people with a disability and their families. The goal of these services is to support partners in creating facilitators and removing barriers for persons with a disability or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Partner support takes various forms:

  • Advice and support as well as education and training. These activities help improve knowledge of the characteristics, abilities, and needs of people with a disability or ASD.
  • Ad hoc consultations and transfer of expertise to organizations and stakeholders. This may include demonstrations of developmental stimulation activities (positioning, reflex stimulation, sensory awakening, abilities to interact with the environment, etc.), direct assistance for teams in the presence of the child and parents, and telerehabilitation.
  • Formal partnerships to refer individuals in need of support and guidance services.
  • Activities to improve and promote the accessibility of public spaces and communication platforms.


To be eligible for services, an individual must have a physical or intellectual disability or an autism spectrum disorder. Children with a significant developmental delay and individuals with a social communication disorder are also eligible. Services are also available to the families and friends of these individuals. Those who are eligible can use these services without having to pay a fee or deductible.


To enrol in this program, contact your Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS) or your Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (CIUSSS). For contact information, consult the following page: Finding Your Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS) or Your Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre.

An assessment of the individual’s needs will be conducted to determine the services to be put in place to meet them.

Help and information

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Last update: May 9, 2023


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