Disability Tax Credits and Benefits for Tourette Syndrome


When you come across a person who exhibits repetitive movements, which seem to be out of his or her control, he or she might be affected with the Tourette syndrome. Tourette syndrome, which is otherwise described as a tic disorder, is a neurological defect, which involves involuntary movements or sounds exhibited by a person. Though it is more often noticed in a person between the age group of 3 to 9 years, this syndrome could affect people of any age group. A statistical report shows that more than 200,000 Americans exhibit chronic Tourette syndrome. For some people the symptoms of this syndrome could be seen throughout their life, whereas for some people the condition gets better as days progress. If you are in Canada and are affected by Tourette syndrome, you would be eligible to apply for the disability tax credit and other benefits that are offered to Canadian residents.


Unlike other diseases, the cause of Tourette syndrome is an unknown entity. There is no classification or a specific reason for a person to become affected by the syndrome. Recent researches and experiments have come up with an idea on what could possibly be the cause of the condition. People with abnormalities within different parts of their brain, which includes, frontal lobes, cortex and basal ganglia, are found to exhibit Tourette syndrome. Defects in those regions of the brain, which are responsible for the nerve cell communications, could also be a possible reason for Tourette syndrome.


People affected by Tourette syndrome are likely to exhibit certain common symptoms, which are discussed below:

  • Tics are the most common symptoms seen in all those people affected by this syndrome. Sometimes the tics might be complex, involving repeated movements of certain muscles.
  • Different types of tics include repeated blinking of eye, shrugging of one’s shoulders and sudden changes in facial expressions.
  • Apart from the movement of muscles, vocal tics could be seen in some people. People who exhibit vocal tics tend to clear their throat more often, with a grunting sound.
  • It is possible that certain complex tics could involve a pattern of repetitive movement, which combine a particular set of muscles.
  • During complex tics, head twists might occur combined with the shrugging of shoulders.
  • Certain people, who are affected with a complex vocal tic, speak out words that do not have any real meaning and that would not be understood by anyone.
  • Before a person exhibits a tic, he or she could experience a sensation in his or her muscles, which are affected by the syndrome.
  • Once a person experiences a sensation, he or she would prefer to complete the tic, to get relieved from the sensation.
  • Mental stress and anxiety could increase the complexity of a tic.

Disability Tax Credits for Tourette Syndrome

It is necessary to be aware of the fact that with help, sufferers can control the complexity of a tic that they experience, by keeping one’s mind in a peaceful state. A person who suffers from Tourette syndrome would be eligible to apply for the disability tax credit under the categories such as mental functions and speaking offered by the Canadian government. HandyTax can help you maximize your claim!