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    Greetings Fellow Touretters. Have been a member of TSFC for a number of years now. My only claim to fame is submitting the winning title for the Foundation's new e-newsletter, T-Mail. I/We live out NE of Winnipeg.

    --Hugh L

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    Welcome Hugh and thanks for joining the Forum. We'll look forward to your participation.

    Feel free to join in any ongoing discussion or start some of your own.
    Steve
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      Hi Hugh!
      Welcome to the Forum.
      Tina, Forum Moderator, TSFC Staff Liaison

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        Hello Again Tina & Steve and Everybody else.

        My quarrel w/ Revenue Canada continues, and I ask your (plural) advice/insight on the matter.

        Last year I applied to RC for handicap status as a Touretter, with all its potential changes to my tax return. After X number of weeks and a second request of my GP for futher info, RC responded saying, in short, "you're not severely enough handicapped to warrant such." I beg to differ. Has anyone out there been in a similar situation? Might anyone out there share their own experiences w/ Revenue Canada when they said, "Hey tax man, I have a handicap called Tourette's Syndrome."

        More than a little bit curious.

        --Hugh

        PS I hope I haven't sent this message off twice.

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          Welcome to the forum, Hugh. Good to see you along.

          In Australia, you have to have Tourettes very bad for the Government to accept it as being a disability needing Government support.

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            Hi Hugh,
            I'm out of the office most of today, but will see if I can find out more information for you early next week.
            Enjoy your weekend!
            Tina
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            • #7
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              Thanks Spiderthug. Sorry to hear that it's so tough in Oz. Being a ****-eyed optimist, I will wait and see what any of my fellow Canuck Touretters may have to say.


              Originally posted by SpiderThug View Post
              Welcome to the forum, Hugh. Good to see you along.

              In Australia, you have to have Tourettes very bad for the Government to accept it as being a disability needing Government support.

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                Hi Hugh,
                Here's a response from a fellow Canuck Touretter who also happens to be a Chartered Accountant...so I'll try to respond with boring you like a stereo typical accountant.

                I have seen parents be allowed the DTC for their children, for a limited period, meaning that they will need to have a redetermination done at some point to see if they still qualify (as compared to say someone in a wheelchair with a spinal cord injury who will get the credit for life). The theory being that with TS+ that with maturity/coping strategies that the individuals circumstances can improve.

                CRA looks at whether you are "Markedly Restricted" if, all or substantially all of the time (which means greater than 90% of the time), you are unable or it takes an inordinate amount of time, to perform one or more of the basic activities of daily living. (Inordinate amount of Time means significantly longer than the average person who does not have the impairment. The area of disability that CRA would look under would be "Mental Functions necessary for Everyday Life" and whether you are Markedly Restricted.

                They consider Mental Functions to be: adaptive functioning (i.e self-care, health & safety, abilities related to social interaction); Memory (i.e. ability to remember simple instructions, basic info like name & address); and Problem-solving, goal setting and judgement (i.e. ability to solve problems, set & keep goals and make appropriate decisions and judgements..

                They provide examples like being unable to leave the house almost all the time due to anxiety, despite medication & therapy. Or requires daily support due to inability to accurately interpret his/her environment; or incapable of making a common simple transaction such as a grocery store purchase without assistance.

                As I said, I have seen parents get the credit for children, typically in combination with ADHD for the inability to remember simple instruction aspect and severe executive function issues. Adults I have not seen much success - typically because they grow out of it or have learned coping abilities.

                From my own opinion, I don't know if TS would qualify unless your tics were bad enough that you couldn't hold a pen or it took too long to type because you were ticcing. Any approved cases I have seen have been more for the other co-morbid disorders (ADHD, OCD, exec function).

                Hope this helps and I wish I could say it was as easy as saying "I have TS" and it's a slam dunk approval.....

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                  Hello Tall Ticer (and Tina).

                  Thanks for the info indeed --as the late 90%-taxed George Harrison put it, If you drive a car I will tax the street/If you get too cold I will tax the heat/If you take a walk I will tax your feet/If you try to sit I will tax your seat....

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                    I know in Alberta that some children (including mine) have been approved for the DTC while others have had to re-submit the forms from specialists on a few occasions and still have not been approved. It is probably very hard for the approvers to understand the impact of Tourette without actually seeing it directly. I guess in Alberta it also helps (at least from optics) if the family is involved with the provincial government office Family Support to Children with Disabilities.

                    Jenny

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                    • #11
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                      Hello Jenny.

                      Thanks for your message. My "dialogue" with Revenue Canada continues....

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