Services for Persons with a Physical or Intellectual Disability or an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux provides numerous services to assist persons with a physical or intellectual disability or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These services assist such persons with their social independence.

Services provided


Specific services

Services that help maintain people’s skills and support them in their social participation.

Specialized and subspecialty services

Adaptation and rehabilitation services that focus on the development or resumption of people’s lifestyle habits in order to optimize their personal, residential, social, academic and professional autonomy.

Services for close relatives

Psychosocial support, skills development and support for families.


Physical disability programs and services as well as intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) programs and services are for people of all ages (children, adults and seniors) as well as their families and loved ones. Services are also provided to children with significant developmental delay and to people with a social communication disorder.

The needs of people with a disability vary depending on a number of factors such as age, sex, level of autonomy, environment and whether or not they have other disorders or diseases.

Help and Resources

Specific, specialized and subspecialty services and services for families and loved ones

The nature of the needs of people with a disability obliges them to resort, at one point or another, to services that ensure they are fully socially engaged and can achieve their life goals.

To learn about services provided in your region, contact your integrated health and social services centre (CISSS) or your integrated university health and social services centre (CIUSSS). To find their contact information, go to Finding Your CISSS or Your CIUSSS page.

Resources for help and support

The Office des personnes handicapées du Québec This link open a new window. (OPHQ) (in French only) provides information, advice, care and support to people with disabilities as well as their families and loved ones. You can receive assistance:

Financial support for families with disabled children

Families with disabled children can receive compensation for respite care, emergency assistance and daycare services. To learn more, contact your local CISSS or CIUSSS. To find their contact information, go to Finding Your CISSS or Your CIUSSS page.


Physical disability is defined as impairment of a body structure or function that results, or will in all likelihood result, in significant persistent and episodic disabilities related to hearing, vision, language or motor activities. Disability reduces, or threatens to reduce, a person’s ability to achieve day-to-day activities or exercise his or her social functions.

Intellectual disability is characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning and adaptive behaviour, which is manifested through conceptual, social and practical skills. Intellectual disability appears during childhood, and impairments occur before the age of 18.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that interferes significantly with social interactions and verbal and non-verbal communication. ASD is also manifested through the appearance of atypical behaviours and limited interests. Persons with ASD have varying levels of functioning that may change in one area or another over time.

Useful Website

  • Office des personnes handicapées du Québec This link open a new window.(OPHQ) (in French only)
    Government agency responsible for ensuring compliance with the Act to Secure Handicapped Persons in the Exercise of their Rights with a View to Achieving Social, School and Workplace Integration.

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