Learning Disability Benefits in Canada
A learning disability is a general term used to define difficulty in interpreting, understanding, and utilizing new information. The speed and effectiveness of learning new concepts lags behind his or her peers, meaning extra attention or specialized education may be required.
Learning disabilities are the result of the brain’s weakened ability to receive and process certain information. It is in no way a reflection of the person’s intelligence – but rather an impediment to their true potential. They can affect various skill sets of a person, such as writing, reading, math, or even speaking and listening.
Considering the numerous learning disabilities that can affect a person, they’re subdivided into multiple disorders. Common learning disabilities include:
- Dyslexia (Difficulty reading)
- Dyscalculia (Trouble with math)
- Dysgraphia (Difficulty with writing)
- Dyspraxia (Issues with fine motor skills)
- Aphasia/Dysphasia (Difficulty with language)
- Auditory Processing Disorder (Trouble distinguishing different sounds)
- Visual Processing Disorder (Difficulty interpreting visual information)
Multiple treatments for learning disabilities are available, ranging from therapeutic exercise, to special equipment, and special education. Medications are seen as a ‘last resort’ alternative if other treatments are ineffective.
The condition affects a person’s development, putting them behind fellow peers. Plus, the cost of treatments, special education, and the overall emotional stress undoubtedly handcuffs a person’s quality of life.
How Does the Disability Tax Credit Work?
To help offset the costs of extra education or treatments, Canada Revenue Agency provides learning disability benefits like the Canadian Disability Tax Credit for families dealing with learning disabilities.
Despite being available to many eligible Canadians, unclaimed disability tax credits are surprisingly common. The DTC application process can become complex, pushing people away from even submitting their T2201 form.
How Can the NBA Help?
The National Benefit Authority is Canada’s largest disability tax service provider, having assisted over 40,000 Canadians in successfully claiming disability credits. Our in-house team of experts can help determine your Disability Tax Credit eligibility, and walk you through each step of your Canadian Disability Tax Credit application. Disability Tax Credit amounts vary on a case-by-case basis, but can be upwards of $50,000 per application!
Work with our team today, and get the learning Disability Tax Credit that you and your family are entitled to!