Disability Benefits in Canada for Huntington’s Disease
Huntington’s Disease is a brain condition caused by a faulty gene that initiates nerve cell damage, as well as a gradual deterioration and functional loss of various parts of the brain. The disease affects women and men equally, as well as a small proportion of children.
Huntington’s disease symptoms can be serious – movement problems, feeding problems, and communication issues are all common symptoms. Diagnosis of Huntington’s is seen through both behavioural and psychiatric symptoms, including a lack of emotion, and alternating periods of aggression or antisocial behavior.
There is currently no cure for the spread or containment of Huntington’s disease, though some medications and therapies are known to control Huntington’s disease symptoms. Anti-depressants, sleeping tablets, and nerve relaxants to help control involuntary movements are the most widely used medications for the disease’s control.
This physical and mental disability, when left untreated, can rob a person of their independence as their ability to perform basic day-to-day tasks, like feeding and moving freely, are compromised. A person with Huntington’s may become solely dependent on family or extra outside care to assist with the fundamental aspects of living.
How Does the Disability Tax Credit Work?
Due to its impact on a person’s ability to perform everyday activities, Huntington’s disease is classified as a disability by the Canadian government. As such, to help offset the costs of extra care or treatments, the Canada Revenue Agency provides disability tax benefits like the Canadian Disability Tax Credit for families combatting the condition.
Despite being available to many eligible Canadians, unclaimed disability tax credits are surprisingly common. The DTC application process is notoriously 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 support for Huntington’s disease that you and your family are entitled to!