When a child is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, parents may worry about and wonder what’s in store for them in terms of therapy. What kind of funding is available for their child? And how do you go about receiving funding from various charities? This blog aims to provide a few resources for Canadian parents living in Ontario who recently had their child diagnosed with cerebral palsy and other conditions who require additional assistance.
The Child Disability Benefit is a tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under the age of 18 with severe or prolonged mental or physical impairment. If you haven’t done so already, or have recently given birth to a child who qualifies for this additional funding, click here to fill out the form.
To find additional funding, it’s important to keep searching for the latest initiatives charities are organizing. Here’s one:
Presidents Choice, Children’s Charity provides special needs assistance for families whose children have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and various developmental delays. Check here to see if you meet the requirements!
The cost of specialized equipment can be very pricey. To help lighten your expenses, the Assistive Devices Program provides funding for equipment such as wheelchairs, paediatric-standing frames, forearm crutches among other equipment. ADP covers 75% of the cost of some therapy equipment up to an established maximum. For additional coverage, ACSD, Ontario Works and Easter Seals also provide assistance.
With all the extra costs in caring for a child with special needs, every dollar helps. Some costs parents may encounter include: travel expenses to doctors and hospitals, parental relief, hearing aids, dental care, eyeglasses among others. The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities fund helps parents cover some of those extra costs.
To check out the requirements to receive such funding and apply, click here.
Another funding available to parents is the Incontinence Supplies Grant Program for children between 3 and 18 years of age. It aims to assist those with chronic disabilities that result in permanent incontinence or withholding problems that last more than six months and require the use of incontinence supplies.
As a parent, it’s important to take advantage of all the resources available. By continuously researching and keeping up to date with funding, grants and charities, it is possible to make therapy, equipment and other necessities more accessible to you and your family.
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