Spina bifida, also known as cleft spine, is a congenital birth defect. Once a child is conceived, it begins to develop. The human nervous system develops from a small plate of cells along the back of the embryo. Early in this stage, the edges of this plate begin to curl up toward each other and by doing this they form the neural tube; this is a narrow sheath that closes to form the brain and the spinal cord. As development progresses, the top of the tube becomes the brain and the rest becomes the spinal cord. This whole process usually takes a month to perform. If there are disruptions during this process, the result can be brain disorders and spina bifida is one of them. If you know someone that has spina bifida, you might tell them to consider applying for the Disability Tax Credit as well as the other benefits that are offered by the Canadian government.
Before we talk about the causes, it is important to note that there are three different types of spina bifida, which vary according to the severity of the malformation. Myelomeningocele is the most severe of the three, meningocele occurs when only the lining protrudes, and spina bifida occulta is the mildest form. The exact cause of spina bifida is unknown. There seem to be a lot of speculation from different specialists, yet what is known is that something goes wrong in the first few months. There is definitely no certain gene to get spina bifida and it can happen in any pregnancy. Some people seem to be more likely to give birth to a child with spina bifida. Women with a family history as well as women that already have a child born with spina bifida are at higher risk of having a child born with it.
One of the most common symptoms is paralysis and affects most who are affected with spina bifida. Most of the time, it happens when the child is still in the womb. Other than the obvious spinal cord damage, most of the symptoms are caused by the complications that come from having spina bifida. Many of the complications deal with having troubles doing the everyday things that everyone does.
Disability Tax Credits for Spina Bifida
There are many different symptoms associated with spina bifida and from the complications that it causes. There are many degrees of this disease and it affects everyone differently. The existence of many different degrees of spina bifida is one of the things that make it hard to determine a cause. There is one thing that is for sure; a disease like spina bifida can have a devastating effect on the family. At a time like this when you are trying to deal with the disease, it I nice to know that there is help and support out there. You may possibly qualify for the Disability Tax Credit under different categories, including walking, dressing and elimination (bowel and bladder functions). It would benefit you to contact HandyTax and allow one of our representatives show explain to you how we can help you.