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Posted by: In: Uncategorized 22 Dec 2015 0 comments
special need community

Montreal Special Needs Community In today’s detached, technology-run world, it’s hard to feel part of a community. Who has time to connect to people who have similar challenges, common interests, and shared goals? But community is so important. Without a community, we are just lonely individuals struggling to do what’s best for ourselves and our loved ones. Especially in the special needs world, community is a necessary ingredient for belonging, for support, for resources. The Montreal special needs community has been blessed with Inspirations News. This biannual publication was created...

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 10 Nov 2015 0 comments
Quebec disability benefits

If you receive a disability tax credit from the federal government for yourself or a dependent, then you are most likely eligible to receive compensation from the Quebec government, too! Quebec benefits are paid out differently—and applied for differently—than the federal benefits. Disabled Quebecers over 18 The AMOUNT FOR A SEVERE AND PROLONGED IMPAIRMENT IN MENTAL OR PHYSICAL FUNCTIONS tax credit may be available for adults over 18. If you already have a DTCC that you received by filing a federal T2201, that may be all you need. In special...

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 07 Oct 2015 0 comments
investment planning for disabled

If you are the caretaker for a disabled family member, planning for his or her future weighs heavily on your mind. How will your loved one manage on his/her own? You want to set aside a sizable investment without compromising your child’s benefits. Yes, the tangled web of investment planning and government regulations must be carefully navigated. CBC News recently highlighted the case of a mother who tried to responsibly plan a better future for her daughter with cerebral palsy. Daughter Sarah was subsequently denied government benefits because of an...

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 01 Sep 2015 0 comments
handicap parking

The handicap parking spot is open. But every single other parking spot in the entire parking lot is taken. Could you park there? Should you park there? Will you park there?     If those joggers in California would have just taken a moment to think, and consider the inconvenience they cause by illegally and unethically occupying the designated handicap parking area, they would never have done it! Each offender knew someone with a disability. You and I know individuals with disabilities, too. You and I know the difficulties faced...

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 11 Aug 2015 0 comments

Check out this view on disability from the World Health Organization. Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Disability is thus not just a health problem. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of...

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 04 Aug 2015 0 comments
learning disability tax credit

“My child has a learning disability. Will she qualify for the disability tax credit?” This is one of the most common questions I get, and often, the answer is yes! First, let’s take a look at the conditions set forth by the Canada Revenue Agency, and then how learning disability might fit with those qualifications. Impaired Mental Function One of the medical conditions listed by the Canada Revenue Agency is “mental functions necessary for everyday life.” The most common mental functions occur under two subcategories: adaptive functioning and memory. Adaptive...

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 24 Jul 2015 0 comments
disability tax credit

A Layman’s Explanation The DTC (disability tax credit) is defined by the Canada Revenue Agency as “a non-refundable tax credit used to reduce income tax payable on the income tax and benefit return. A person with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions may claim the disability amount once they are eligible for the DTC.” In other words, a disabled adult with a qualifying disability is required to pay less income tax because of other expenses and difficulties he or she faces on a day-to-day basis. If the disabled individual...

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 17 Jul 2015 0 comments
Disability Financial Assistance

Disability Financial Assistance Corporation (DFAC)  was founded when a frustrated mother approached a friend with accounting experience, requesting help applying for assistance for her child with disabilities. This firsthand experience demonstrated how complicated and overwhelming the application process was, especially for parents already overloaded with responsibility. So many families and individuals could benefit from collective knowledge and experience—and DFAC was born. To expand services further, a partner with extensive experience in special education was invited aboard. Together they boasted a law degree, fifteen years’ experience in special education, experience in...

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