Many Canadian citizens don’t know that they can go to organizations like The National Benefit Authority for help accessing various disability tax benefits if they (or their children) have qualifying learning disabilities. A learning disability can really hold someone back from living a normal life; at the very least, it makes it difficult to have the same financial well-being, lifestyle and social life as the average person. This is why the Canadian government offers tax benefits such as a Disability Tax Credit and savings plans for the disabled, their parents and other caregivers. The application process can be complicated, but organizations such as The National Benefit Authority are available to help navigate through the complex and time-consuming process.
The Truth About Learning Disabilities
The truth is that many of the skills we take for granted are the ones that people with learning disabilities have the most difficulty developing. The everyday skills of looking for a job, finding a place to live, choosing places to eat, shopping for groceries, searching for basic amenities, developing friendships and adjusting to a new place are not always so easy for someone with a learning disability. For those who have all these skills, it has taken years of social conditioning and training that most of us don’t even think about. Just fending for oneself in the most basic conditions can be very difficult for someone who has lived their whole life with learning disabilities.
This is why benefits such as the Disability Tax Credit are available to people with learning disabilities. It’s a matter of making life a little fairer for those who have the most challenges facing them.
What is a Learning Disability?
Learning disabilities may include a number of different disorders affecting cognitive abilities. The most common learning disabilities are evident in early childhood, and parents must work around these disabilities as they raise their child. Learning disabilities may also come about later in life, such as in post traumatic stress disorder when a person has been through a traumatic event or series of events.
It may be difficult for individuals and their parents to define the learning disability they are coping with, and even more difficult to explain the disability to the proper authorities when applying for Disability Tax Benefits. This is one of the reasons why The National Benefit Authority and other organizations work closely with learning disabled and their families.