The Alberta government has launched a new platform in an attempt to simplify the process for families applying for supports and services for their child with a disability.
In a release earlier this week, the province said the new online application process should help.
The new system will speed up access to services and reduce wait times for Albertans applying for the Family Support for Children with Disabilities program.
With this platform, applicants can check their eligibility for the program, submit supporting documents, save their application and return to it later to make any changes.
“Alberta’s government is committed to reducing barriers to accessing important services,” said Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services.
“The new online application for Family Support for Children with Disabilities services will save time for Alberta families and allow caseworkers more time to focus on supporting families and children in accessing the supports and services they need.”
The program was developed with input from FSCD Provincial Parent Advisory Committee and representatives from Inclusion Alberta, Autism Alberta, and Autism Calgary. Members were able to test the application and provide feedback to the government.
“We are very pleased that steps are being taken to increase efficiency and reduce waiting lists for FSCD supports,” said Kim Ward, executive director, Society for Autism Support and Services.
“It is critical that autistic children and families have timely access to the services they require to thrive and experience success. We are thankful that the minister has been receptive to the concerns of the community and is actively working towards addressing them.”
According to the province, there has been a 96 per cent increase in the number of FSCD applications received since 2020-21.
Also, they noted that 33 per cent of applications are submitted without the required information and supporting documents.