When you have a child with a disability life can feel like a whirlwind of emotions and figuring out where to start and how you can afford various programs can be very stressful.
When our son was little there were many programs we wanted to put him in to help with his Autism. Social groups, programs that would help with his motor skills, his reading, math, speech therapy, and the list went on…
I spent countless hours on the internet and on the phone trying to find ways to afford everything that we needed to do for him.
I met a lady, who I proudly call my friend to this day, which shared some amazing advice with me. Her son had also been born with Autism, and he was a bit older than our son so she had already been through the whole process, and had an amazing amount of knowledge that she was willing to share with us.
She introduced me to Special Services At Home and other great social programs and more. But the one thing that helped us a lot was applying for the Disability Tax Credit through the Government of Canada.
When she first told me about the disability tax credit, I pictured myself climbing the highest mountain in the world, and on this mountain were cougars and other scary animals that would get in my way. I figured it was unreachable and that it would take climbing this mountain to get the job done.
Well… it didn’t! It really wasn’t that bad, we had to fill out some paperwork, visit his pediatrician and make sure all our “t’s” were crossed and our “i” were dotted.
So let me explain how to go about it:
- You need to get the T2201 Form which has 2 parts. Part A needs to be filled out by the child parents/caregiver or person with the disability.
- Part B needs to be filled out by a medical practitioner. You can see a list of practitioners that qualify here. Make sure they certify part B.
- You then just need to mail in the forms or you can send them electronically.
You can see step-by-step directions from the Government of Canada HERE.
We also found out that we qualified for disability support prior to when we sent in our form. This helped open doors to give our son a good head start for his future. We were able to use the money for programs etc, that helped him get to where he is today.
You can find out how much you will get each month once you have gone through the process of applying for the child disability benefit HERE.
Good luck and leave a comment below if you have any questions or just want to add to your experience with this.
Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful. ~ Anonymous