This report provides a proﬁle of 3,764 Albertan youth (aged 12 to 18 years) who received Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) program services from Human Services in 2008/09. Service categories include family support services, child‐focused services, specialized services and out of home services (see Definitions andNotes, p.14). In addition, FSCD assists with some of the extraordinary costs ofraising a child with a disability. To receive FSCD services,medical documentation must be provided confirming that the child has a disability oris awaiting a diagnosis; primary diagnoses categories are derived from these medical diagnoses.Not all eligible families choose to access the FSCD program and there are additional health and education programs that support children with disabilities. As such, there are more children with disabilities in the province than those that receive FSCD services.
The Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research manages The Child and Youth Data Laboratory (CYDL). The CYDL links and analyses Government of Alberta administrative data to inform policy. Find out more at: www.research4children.com