Alberta Education provides Program Unit Funding (PUF) to support the educational needs of children with a severe developmental disability or delay. Children who are at least 2 ½ years of age and less than 6 years of age on September 1 are eligible. The funding is used to support children’s participation and learning in early childhood programs.
Children who are younger than age 3 are considered ‘early entry’. It is important parents know the advantages and challenges of starting program unit funding at this age.
There are different models of using PUF funding to support your child with CAS, below is an reference of some of them. You can see the websites for each of them to see more information, and we recommend contacting them to find out if they are a fit for you and your family. Every agency is unique, and have different methods/philosophy for working with children.
School/Center Based PUF programs
Providence - http://providencechildren.com/
Refrew - http://www.renfreweducation.org/
Early Development Centre- CBE - http://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/preschool/Pages/early-development-centre-preschool-program.aspx
Heartland Agency -http://www.heartlandagency.org/
New Heights - http://www.newheightscalgary.com/
BrightPath - http://brightpathkids.com/
One World Child Devleopment Center (low income families) - http://cupscalgary.com/one-world-child-development-centre/
Operators who work in Community Preschools (PUF)
Cause and Effect - http://causeandeffectfoundation.com/
I'm for Kids - http://www.imforkids.org/
Big Plans for Little Kids - http://www.bigplans.org/
LEAD Foundation - http://www.leadfoundation.ca/
Pace kids - http://www.pacekids.ca/
This credit, which is available to anyone with a disability, is designed to help cover added expenses. It is a non-refundable tax credit that taxpayers with disabilities can use to reduce the amount of income tax they have to pay.
People who have a severe mental or physical impairment, which impacts the basic activities of daily living and/or need and dedicate time for Life Sustaining Therapy are eligible. The impairment has to have lasted for at least 12 continuous months and, if you have had a disability for some time, your tax returns can be reassessed as far back as 10 years.
In order to be eligible, a medical professional has to fill out and sign the Disability Tax Credit Certificate, which then has to be approved by the CRA.
You can find more information at - http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/t2201/README.html
The Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) Program provides a wide range of family-centred supports and services. Services are meant to help strengthen families’ ability to promote their child’s healthy development and encourage their child’s participation in activities at home and in the community.
You can see more info at - http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/disability-services/14855.html