We did it.
It is hard to believe that back in February, that we were just stating this journey with our youngest, Benjamin. I was dreading the fact that we were starting all over with the Autism process, that we have come so far with Owen, and it was frustrating starting all over from the beginning of diagnosis.
Today, that all changed. We reached 2 milestones, it was a, "good news" Thursday.
I opened our mail. In the midst of a bill or two, and coupons, I got the approval for Ben to receive the Disability Tax Credit! What is the Disability Tax Credit?
" The disability amount is a non-refundable tax credit that a person with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions can claim to reduce the amount of income tax he or she has to pay in a year. This amount includes a supplement for persons under 18 years of age at the end of the year. If you are eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC), you may be able to claim the disability amount on your income tax and benefit return. "When we applied to have Owen receive the Disability Tax Credit, they made us jump through hoops. We filled out the forms with the diagnosing Doctor, then sent them away.. only for the government to send them back and wanting more, "in-depth" questions filled out, so we did. He was approved. Ben's process was the same, we filled out the questions ont he initial form, and sent it away! Only to have the approval sent back with no 2nd form process! We were so happy this morning to get this, it helps is so much, what could be better?
A phone call.
Then there was a message on our phone, "Hi Vanessa and Ryan, this is ........ from Bethesda, you know already know Ben was approved for IBI funding, so we want to meet and discuss goals..." . I almost dropped the phone. I had no idea Ben was approved, there was no letter today (I am sure it will be here tomorrow now, lol) but she made my day. I was waiting for this news since the assessment, questions and video was sent to McMaster on the 24th of September. You always have it in the back on your mind that maybe something may not go right, maybe he wont get it because we work at Bethesda; all these feelings go through your mind. Hearing that Ben was approved I believe will be the highlight of my month, amazing! and is a huge worry off of our shoulders, unfortunately it is still 3 years from now. Next step is a meeting next Thursday to discuss goals we have for Ben, round 2 of the process, a process we know all so well.
A mom friend of mine made a good point to me. I was venting about this long wait that we have with Owen (and now Ben, YAY!) on the government funded wait list, and her point was this, " at least you have something to wait for, when my son was diagnosed there was nothing". Its true. Years ago, when Autism was 1 in 10,000 resources, services, and funding was not available - you had to go private and pay thousands upon thousands of dollars to get any sort of help. Even an organization like Autism Ontario wasn't around, families (like ours) in a way, are so fortunate to have the resources we have, but so scary that Autism is becoming more and more prevalent in our society.
2 Major steps in the right direction for our life, our normal.