The Child Disability Benefit is a tax-free monthly payment made to families who care for a child under age 18 with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions.
To get the CDB:
You must be eligible for the Canada child benefit (CCB)
Your child must be eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC)
If you are already getting the Canada child benefit for your child who is eligible for the disability tax credit, you do not need to apply for the CDB. You will get it automatically.
In addition to the standard medical expenses such as prescription drugs and a variety of assistive devices, in 1999 the Federal government recognized that individuals with learning disabilities may have a need for supplementary educational service.
These expenses may also include tuition costs if a patient, (for example, a dependent);
and qualifies under medical expense credit 118.2.Therefore the expenses paid for the patient are qualifying medical expenses, even though some part of the expense could be construed as being tuition fees.
The school need not limit its enrolment to persons who require specialized care and training.
Refundable Medical Expense Supplement
You may also qualify for a refundable medical expense supplement, if you have claimed eligible medical expenses and your income falls between the specified amounts. You may claim both the refund and expenses.
Patient Assistance Programs
The Canada Disability Savings Grant is an amount that the Government of Canada can pay directly into an RDSP. The CRA will pay matching grants of 300%, 200%, or 100%, depending on the beneficiary’s adjusted family net income and the amount that has been contributed.
An RDSP can collect a maximum of $3,500 in matching CESG grants in one year, and up to $70,000 over the beneficiary’s lifetime. A beneficiary's RDSP can receive a grant on contributions made until December 31 of the year in which the beneficiary turns 49.
Can provide up to $3,500 a year of direct assistance, depending on income, up to a lifetime limit of $70,000.
The bond is an amount paid by the Government of Canada directly into an RDSP.
The government will pay a bond of up to $1,000 a year to low-income Canadians with disabilities.
No contributions have to be made to get the bond and the lifetime bond limit is $20,000.
This bond is paid into an RDSP until the year in which the beneficiary turns 49.
The amount of the bond is based on the beneficiary’s adjusted family net income as follows: the beneficiary family income thresholds are indexed each year to inflation.
If you have been approved for the Disability Tax Credit, you may be eligible for the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
RDSPs are similar to Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) in that contributions you and others make to the plan are not tax deductible. The money you invest grows tax-free inside the plan until funds are withdrawn.
RDSPs can be set up through your financial institution or financial planner.
The individual must:
Jordan's Principle was developed to support the needs of First Nations children for products, services, and supports that might otherwise not be accessed in a timely manner.
Field of study: All disciplines are eligible
Type of award: Applicable towards full-time studies of a first undergraduate degree.
Duration: One year; may be renewed upon re-application.
The Justin Eves Foundation in co-operation with the Cambrian College and the Government of Ontario has established the Floyd Laughren Bursary. Floyd Laughren, from the Sudbury Region is the former Minister of Finance for the Province of Ontario.
The Floyd Laughren Bursary is administered by the Glen Crombie Centre for Disability Services at Cambrian College.
The Structure of the bursary is as follows:
For further information please to go Cambrian College Disability Services at www.cambriancollege.ca
A Disability Bursary is available through the Ontario Ministry of Education. Available in May, deadline based on length of your study period.
This bursary provides up to $2,000 per academic year for students with permanent or temporary disabilities who require education-related services or equipment, such as tutors, note-takers, interpreters, braillers or technical aids, that are directly related to their disability.
You may be eligible if you:
See: https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/A-ZListofAid/UCONT004257.html for all eligibility details.
How to apply: Applicants are advised to complete their application with the assistance of staff from their school’s Office for Students with Disabilities. If your school does not have an Office for Students with Disabilities, you may contact the Ministry for assistance as per instructions on the application. Use the Application for Bursary for Students with Disabilities and Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (BSWD/CSG-PDSE). For students attending a public college or university in Ontario, applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office at their school. For students attending a private institution in Ontario or who are studying outside Ontario, applications must be mailed to the Ministry. For complete details see the instructions on the BSWD/CSG-PDSE application.
Award: $1,000 toward tuition at an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution.
How to Apply:
Documents to Include:
For more information please visit the DCCI website HERE
Storwell is offering an annual bursary of $2,000 in support of foster children to help them attend post-secondary schools and to offer a hand up as they make their way forward in life.
Launch date: September 1, 2022
Fields of study: All disciplines are eligible
Type of award: Applicable to students entering or attending their first undergraduate degree
Number available: One bursary per year
Duration: One time payment, students may re-apply annually
Eligible institutions: Any recognized general/vocational College or post-secondary institution in Canada or USA
How to apply: To be considered for this bursary, simply fill out the application form found at https://www.storwell.com/bursary-application by September 1, 2022.
This is an annual bursary, you may apply at any time your application will be put towards the next award. All information submitted on this form is strictly confidential. For more information: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To investigate other sources of financial aid, students should contact their institution’s Special Needs services.
The following websites may have additional financial aid information:
National Education Association of Disabled Students at: www.neads.ca
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The preschool age and environment are the perfect time and place to recognize ADHD impairments and begin to understand and support these children. Not allowing the child with ADHD to remain at preschool is a disservice to the child as well as the staff who should take the opportunity to learn about ADHD as they will undoubtedly have more children with ADHD cross their path in the future.
Behavioural therapy is the most effective if done as uniformly as possible between home and school. The implementation of behavioural support and strategies can occur even before an ADHD diagnosis, since these techniques are beneficial for all children. The key to ADHD behaviour management is consistency and immediacy through clear, calm positive communication. Children with ADHD are often subjected to an abundance of scolding, nagging and general negative interaction with adults and even other children. This takes a huge toll on their self-image and wellbeing.
Since ADHD is a very individual disorder which presents in a variety of ways, across a range of severities and commonly with coexisting disorders, finding the exact right behavioural plan may take some time. The help of an expert in the field of ADHD may even be required to get the process on the right track. However, here are some basic principles on ADHD behavioural techniques that often work in the home and school setting.
There are a variety of medical professionals that may assess/diagnose (and treat) ADHD:
The assessment and diagnosis of ADHD by a medical professional is generally covered by your provincial health care plan, however, always ask if any additional fees will be charged.
The potential diagnosis of ADHD should include;
Psychologists may assess and diagnose ADHD, but they cannot prescribe medication. Psychologists are not covered by provincial health care plans, but may be partially covered by private health coverage. Speak to the psychologist prior to contacting your private insurance provider.
Children who are struggling academically may seek a psychoeducational assessment to assess whether any coexisting learning disabilities (LDs) may exist along with ADHD. A complete assessment of a child’s learning strengths and needs is essential for a student who continues to be impaired at school. Psycho-educational assessments cost approximately $2,000-$4,000
Important Things to Know About the Health Care Professional that you choose:
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While many behaviours such as: inattention, distractibility, being fidgety, tantrums and oppositional behaviour are common for preschool children these behaviours in a child with ADHD are more extreme. They are more frequent and more intense. Most often young children with ADHD will stand out in a group of children and appear to function as a younger child.
However, each child with ADHD will be unique; they will present with a different group of ADHD symptoms, on a spectrum from very mild to very severe. Symptom levels can vary throughout the day and from day to day but will always become more apparent when the environment and tasks before the child challenge their impaired skills.
ADHD should be treated using a “multimodal‘ approach”. Simply put, this means using more than one type of treatment to manage ADHD symptoms. Examples of ADHD treatments are listed below
Educating parents, individuals, and any other adults who routinely interact with the child about ADHD is the first and most important component of an ADHD treatment plan. Studies have shown that providing education on ADHD greatly increases the chance that treatment will continue long term. The more a family understands about ADHD and how it affects their child, the better they will be at making informed choices and implementing strategies and accommodations in the home. insert link to events page – parenting programs
It is important to seek classroom accommodations for your ADHD child, please refer to our section on education (insert link)
Guidelines on ADHD for preschools developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) state that behaviour therapy should be the first line of treatment for children four and five years of age. However, the guidelines go on to state that if behavioural therapy is not accessible, has not worked, or if symptoms are severe enough that the child or family are at risk of harm, medication can and should be considered. Insert link to“Understanding early childhood ADHD”
Exercise produces several hormones that can benefit brain functioning and help improve focus.
Mindfulness can assist with better awareness of attention, manage stress, be less reactive to impulsive thoughts and be less judgmental of ADHD symptoms.
Sleep plays a major role in our health and development. For example, sleep is important for learning, attention, and memory, academic achievement, and even physical growth1, 2. As such, it is important for children to get age-appropriate quality and quantity of sleep! According to the National Sleep Foundation, school aged children (6-13 years old) should receive between 9 and 11 hours of sleep each night3. Children who sleep less or who have poor quality sleep (e.g., up and down throughout the night) will not be able to perform their best during the day, especially in school.
Access the Canadian Paediatric Society’s article on Alternative ADHD Therapies by clicking here.
Access a comprehensive article reviewing the evidence on Cognitive Training (brain training games) and brain training strategies by clicking here.
It not usually recommended that children under the age of 6yr take ADHD medication, however in certain instances it may be required. Please speak with a knowledgeable ADHD physician to see if ADHD medication is right for your child.
In uncomplicated cases of ADHD, medication management is fairly straight forward and effective with minimal side effects. ADHD medication has been around for more than fifty years and there are thousands of published research papers on their safety and efficacy. There are two types of medications used to manage ADHD medication. For more information on medication please speak with a medical professional
Please refer to the charts below for information on specific medications