Is Tourette’s Syndrome a Disability?
Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition involving involuntary actions, movements, or sounds. It’s the most common form of tic disorder, typically diagnosed in children, with symptoms worsening as a child moves from adolescence to teen years.
Tourette’s syndrome symptoms vary with the severity of the condition. Facial tics are the most common, though rare forms of Tourette’s can have a person capriciously shouting swear words and obscenities. The causes of Tourette’s are linked to two factors: the person’s family history, and their sex. Males are about three to four times more likely than females to develop the condition.
Complications with Tourette’s are not unusual either. People with the syndrome frequently experience behavioural and social challenges that damage their self-image. Conditions associated with Tourette’s include:
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Learning disabilities
- Sleep disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Anger-management problems
There’s currently no cure for Tourette’s syndrome. Therefore, treatment aims to control tics that interfere with everyday activities or functioning. Medications of a wide variety are the primary treatment option (eg. Medications that block dopamine, ADHD medications, antidepressants, etc.), with therapy (behavioural, psychotherapy) being another alternative.
How does the Disability Tax Credit work?
Tourette’s Syndrome is an inconvenient condition that can make certain aspects of living difficult to manage. Particularly in the case of children with Tourette’s, involuntary vocal or physical outbursts can be embarrassing situation in school.
The Canadian government recognizes Tourette’s syndrome as a disability for these reasons, making disability tax benefits readily available to families combatting the condition. The Canadian Disability Tax Credit (DTC) or the Child Disability Benefit are programs families can turn to for relief from these unavoidable disability costs. This disability tax refund is designed to balance tax equity, alleviating the financial and emotional costs associated with Tourette’s or other disabilities.
How can the NBA help me?
The National Benefit Authority has helped over 40,000 Canadians recover their disability tax benefits, doing all of the diligent research and paperwork required for a successful claim. Many eligible Canadians who qualify for the DTC don’t submit their claim, as the application process is notoriously complex and precise.
We can quickly determine your Disability Tax Credit eligibility, fill out your Disability Tax Certificate (or the T2201 application) and other necessary disability tax forms, and communicate with the Canada Revenue Agency on your behalf.
Whether you’re submitting a claim for the first time, or you’re looking to retrieve Disability Tax Credit retroactive assets, our team is committed in recovering every dollar you’re owed!