Do Various Neurological Disorders Qualify for the Disability Tax Credit?

It’s time to clear up the myths and misconceptions surrounding the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). We’re welcoming The National Benefit Authority (NBA) for a Guest Blog on this topic.

First of all, the Disability Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit, meaning you can only use it to reduce the income tax you may have to pay. However, the DTC is also retroactive (up to 10 years), so you if it’s 2017 now, you can claim it back up to 2006.

This retroactive aspect of the DTC is the reason why some people may receive a substantial refund while others may receive little to nothing back – your DTC amount depends on the income tax you paid during the years you are claiming the DTC. But even if you can’t claim your Disability Tax Credit, many people don’t know that the DTC is transferrable to a family member who’s been supporting your basic necessities may be able to.

DTC Eligibility – What is a Disability?

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Walk It Off Spinal Cord Wellness Centre Celebrates 2 Years!

Walk it Off Spinal Cord Recovery CentreWalk It Off (WIO) fundraised for 1-1/2 years to reach the goal of $30,000 to officially open the doors to the facility. Since that date, we look back on the accomplishments of our organization and our clients as we celebrate 2 years of operation.

January 21, 2012 was the grand opening of Walk It Off Spinal Cord Wellness Centre Inc. and the start of reaching milestones.

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WIO – December Donations Discount Member Program Fees

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We all look for a way to give this time of year. What better present than the gift of health in the form of donation? Walk If Off would love your generosity to assist with our Members’ Recovery Programs. For the month of December, all donations will be directed to discount our members’ program fees. Please give generously and be a part of Spinal Cord Injury Recovery.

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Decreased Bone Mineral Density & Joint Contractures for Those with SCIs

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In our last blog post, we talked about the potential complications of immobility for those with spinal cord injuries (SCIs).  In this blog post, we’ll elaborate on issues such as decreased bone mineral density (BMD) and the potential for joint contractures (joint immobility).

Bone Mineral Density

In a healthy individual, the body goes through a cycle of reabsorbing minerals from the bones to use (or in a sense, borrow) for other bodily functions and processes to keep the body in homeostasis (regulating properly). The body then replaces the minerals, adding them back to the bone. At about the age of 30, bone density starts to slowly decrease, as the body reabsorbs the minerals faster than it can be replaced in the bone. There are other factors that may speed bone density loss, such as:

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Standing Tall Even With a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

standingIt’s Summer…You pack your bags for the weekend, pile your family into the car and head up north to the cottage or beach. When you reach your destination two or three hours later, getting out of the car and standing up tall, stretching and taking that deep cleansing breath, is an instant relief.  It’s innate in all of us to stand, even after a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Imagine not having the ability to stand and losing your mobility and the possible complications to your health from your disability.

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Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery & Wellness Centre

WIO Adds 4 Significant Pieces of Equipment

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Welcome to our new website! Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery and Wellness Centre (WIO) has had a very successful fundraising year enabling us to add 4 significant and valuable pieces of equipment to our therapy program. With over $60,000 raised, we were able to purchase a Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike ($35,000), a VibePlate ($3,500) and most recently, a LiteGait harnessed walker and GaitKeeper treadmill ($23,000). Becoming a Not for Profit organization and subsequently the ability to fundraise for our equipment, has allowed us to provide our program at an affordable cost so we can reach more individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI).

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