Disability Tax Credits and Benefits for Down Syndrome

Introduction

Down syndrome is a serious lifelong condition causing mental retardation and developmental delays. Genetics and abnormal genes are primarily responsible for causing Down syndrome in children. The underlying symptoms may be mild to severe directly impacting the severity of developmental issues.

Down syndrome is attributed to be one of the leading causes of genetically influenced learning disabilities in children today.

If you have a child or loved one living with Down syndrome you might be eligible to receive benefits from the Canadian government like the Canadian Disability Tax Credit.

Causes

Many people think that Down syndrome is inherited. Although the condition is genetic it isn’t inherited but rather accidentally caused by abnormal cell division. Normal human cells contain 23 pairs of chromosomes. In each pair one chromosome is from the father, the other from the mother.

Down syndrome is caused when irregular cell division in chromosome 21 occurs. There are basically three genetic variations namely, Trisomy 21, Mosaic Down syndrome and Translocation Down syndrome. All of the above three genetic variations are responsible for the developmental issues and distinctive traits of Down syndrome.

Symptoms

A child with Down syndrome.

A child with Down syndrome.

Children with Down syndrome have noticeable characteristic features like a small head and short neck, slanting eyes and abnormally shaped ears. Many children might also exhibit weak muscles, small fingers or the ability to be highly flexible. Most Down syndrome babies develop slower than normal babies and reach developmental milestones at twice the age of their normal counterparts.

Risks

You might be at greater risk of having a baby with Down syndrome if you already have a child with the condition. Although fairly low there’s still a 1% chance of having another child with Down’s. Also if you plan to have a child in your later years, your risk increases. By age 35 your risk level is 1 in 400 and by age 45 the risk increases to 1 in 35.

Disability Tax Credits for Down syndrome

Having a child or family member to support with Down syndrome can be hard to cope with. At HandyTax we’re there to help. You might qualify for the Disability Tax Credit under more than one category, including, but not limited to, mental functions, feeding, dressing, speaking, hearing and elimination.

We’ve helped many others like you successfully claim Canadian tax benefits. Call us to confidentially discuss your unique case today.