How you are eligible for Disability Tax Credit for Speech Impairment
Patients are considered markedly restricted in speaking if at least 90% of the time you are unable to speak or it takes you an inordinate amount of time to speak. An inordinate amount of time means that it takes three times the normal time an average individual would take to speak if they did not have this impairment. To be considered as markedly restricted, one must rely on other communication means such as sign language at least 90% of the time they are communicating.
How it affects the Person’s Daily Life
Speech impairments affect a person’s vocal communication in a variety of ways. They can experience problems including slurred, slowed, hoarse, stuttered, or rapid speech. Symptoms can include stiffness of the facial muscles, drooling, and sudden contraction of the vocal muscles. As a result, these problems can affect a person’s ability to communicate with others. This can interfere with their ability to be understood by others and express their thoughts. Being misunderstood can lead to frustration, as the person with the speech disorder can process and understand their own ideas, however they can’t communicate this to others. Many people try to assist those with speech impairments by completing their sentences or saying things like “slow down.” Unfortunately, this often leads the speech impaired person to feel incompetent or unintelligent.
Speech disorders involve disorders of the voice, including pitch, loudness, or quality. For example, a common speech disorder is stuttering. Stuttering is when a person uses repetition and struggles to get their words out. As a result, communication becomes a challenge as these patients cannot articulate their thoughts, or take an inordinate amount of time to do so. This can cause social anxiety, as many people have reported feeling alone and misunderstood due to their stuttering speech impairment.
Other types of common speech impairments include spasmodic dysphonia, aphasia, dysarthria, and vocal disturbances. Spasmodic Dysphonia is abnormal brain functioning, originating in the basil ganglia. The basic ganglia is the part of the brain that controls the body’s muscle movement. Aphasia is brain damage, commonly caused by a stroke or blood clot. Dysarthria is a muscle and motor condition, which can be caused by Parkinson’s disease, stroke, head trauma, brain tumour, or alcohol consumption. Vocal disturbances can be a result of throat cancer, nodules on the vocal cords, heavy use of one’s voice (singer), or ingesting certain drugs which can cause a dry and tight voice.
Lastly, people with speech problems, specifically articulation disorders, may experience hearing problems. Even mild hearing loss may result in a person losing the ability to reproduce the sounds they hear. It is important to be aware that speech impairments may be genetically passed down, such as stuttering. To improve one’s communication, speech therapists are trained to treat speech disorders. The effectiveness of this treatment depends largely on the frequency of the patient’s visits. Other treatment plans include breathing techniques and relaxation strategies, helping to relax one’s speaking muscles.
The consultants at Disability Credit Consultants can advise you how to claim your credits for speaking impairment. Having obtained the Disability Tax Credit on behalf of past clients, Disability Credit Consultants will be an efficient and effective representative on your behalf.
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