" The GVDSS does not recommend or support various therapies, therapists, doctors, practitioners, etc. The only Board-approved partnership is with the Victoria Conservatory of Music for the Music therapy program. The GVDSS' mission is to be a support system for one another. It is left to individuals and families to determine the best services, therapies, doctors, and therapists for their particular needs and that fit their personal philosophies.
Financial Information
Financial Information

Many families have questions regarding tax benefits and grants that are available to them to help with their child's needs. The following is a list of funding sources which may help ease the way for families who have children with Down syndrome.

Government Assistance

Child Disability Benefit

The Child Disability Benefit is a federal tax benefit awarded monthly to families who have a child with a disability. To access the CDB, families must fill out and submit the Disability Tax Credit Certificate. This form must be certified by a qualified practitioner, e.g. a pediatrician.

Registered Disability Savings Plan

The RDSP is a tax-assisted savings plan designed to assist individuals with disabilities and their families with long-term saving and future planning.

Medical Expenses Deductions

There are circumstances where medical expenses are eligible for tax deductions. A Disability Tax Credit Certificate is required to claim these expenses.¬

Available Grants

President's Choice Children's Charity

The President's Choice Children's Charity provides financial assistance to families who have children with special needs. Eligibility is income dependent.


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