Known as a development disorder, autism is a serious condition under the umbrella of what are known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Conditions like these appear in early childhood usually before the child turns three years old. In recent years statistics show that autism diagnosis in children has risen, but this can also be partly due to improved detection methods.
Although autism has no cure, continual therapy in the early years can make a big difference as your child grows. If you have an autistic child or know someone with the condition you might be eligible for the Canadian Disability Tax Credit and other benefits.
The main cause of autism is genetics. There are a few genes that seem to influence autism. These genes can affect the way certain brain structures develop. Although most genetic issues are hereditary and passed on from a previous generation, some can occur from a random mutation with no clear hereditary link.
Researchers are now exploring if autism can also be triggered by environmental factors such as pollutants, viral infections and vaccines.
Autism affects three major areas: social skills, language and behaviour. Though symptoms can be mild to severe, all autism disorders influence a child’s capacity to converse and interact with others.
Some common symptoms in children are that they prefer to play alone and avoid making eye contact. They may also have language development delays, like not being able to form sentences, understand their meaning or make simple conversation. Behavioural symptoms include rhythmic gestures, rocking, constant movement or becoming disturbed if their routine is broken.
Disability Tax Credits for Autism
If you have an autistic child or know someone dealing with the condition, we’re here to help. We can assist you in applying for the Disability Tax Credit for yourself or your loved one under more than one category, including, but not limited to, mental functions, feeding, dressing and speaking. At HandyTax, we’ve helped many others like you successfully claim Canadian tax benefits. A free consultation is just a phone call away.