Cerebral Palsy is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood, with symptoms and signs varying between different people. It is caused by abnormal development or damage to parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture. Poor coordination, weak and stiff muscles, trouble speaking, and tremors are among the most common problems that may occur. When CP is found in babies, often they will not walk or crawl as fast as other children their age. Seizures and the ability to think or reason generally occurs in approx. 1/3 of all Cerebral Palsy cases. Symptoms may increase over the first few years of a child's life, however the underlining problem does not worsen.
Often the cause for CP is unknown. CP is partly preventable through immunization of the mother and efforts to prevent head injuries in children. There is no cure for CP; however, supportive treatments, medications, and surgery may help many individuals.
The Canadian Government has put programs in place to help people with Cerebral Palsy, such as the Disability Tax Credit. This allows individuals that qualify to reduce the amount of tax they pay or have paid, retroactively up to 10 years. While there are different variations of CP ranging from mild to severe, if an individual is unable to work, they may transfer their unused tax credits to a family member. Once someone is DTC certified, the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is another remarkable tool that allows for up to $90,000 in grants and bonds.
If you or someone you care for has Cerebral Palsy, contact us today and let us help maximize the benefits in which they may be entitled to.