What is Physical Impairment?
Physical impairment when the physical capacity to move, coordinate actions, or perform physical activities is significantly limited, impaired, or delayed and is exhibited by difficulties in one or more of the following areas: physical and motor tasks; independent movement; performing basic life functions. Congenital anomaly, cerebral palsy, amputations and fractured are all included under physical impairment.
Symptoms of Physical Impairment
Symptoms or types of physical impairment include impairments that limit facets of daily living. These types include respiratory disorders, blindness, epilepsy, and sleep disorders. Symptoms include paralysis, altered muscle tone, an unsteady gait, loss of limbs, difficulty with gross-motor skills such as walking or running and difficulty with fine-motor skills such as buttoning clothing or printing/writing.
Available Treatments for Physical Impairment
The first type of treatment available is occupational therapy which is a specialised treatment that prepares people to live successfully in society through the practice and training of purposeful exercises. The second type of treatment is physiotherapy which is a rehabilitative treatment that uses exercises and electrotherapy to improve movement. The third type of treatment is speech therapy which tries to gain back any lost form of speech. The last treatment is medication/vaccine which avoids further deterioration of the person’s condition.
Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit for Physical Impairment
To be eligible for this tax credit, a person must be impaired for over the period of one full year. They can also be eligible if they have difficulty in one of the following daily life activities, such as walking. For a walking impairment, the patient must be unable to walk 100m (a city block) or it must take them an inordinate amount of time (3 times longer than normal) to do so due to shortness of breath.
How To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Physical Impairment
To apply for this tax credit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” it must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable. This form must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. Qualified registered medical practitioners include a medical doctor, physiotherapist, optometrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist.
How DCC Can Help Claim Tax Credit
Disability Tax Credit Consultants at DCC can help to claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits.