It is important, as caregivers of children, youth and adults with ASD, to plan for the future. This may include planning living arrangements, caregiver succession, and wills and estate planning.
There are many Federal and Provincial Tax Credits and Programs aimed at easing the financial burden of raising a child with a disability or of living with a disability in Canada. These include:
The Primary Caregiver Tax Credit (Manitoba) http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/tao/caregiver.html
The Disability Tax Credit (Canada) http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/t2201/README.html
The Canadian Child Tax Benefit (Canada) http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/menu-eng.html
The Registered Disability Savings Plan (Canada) http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/rdsp.shtml
The Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network has created a useful and informative website on this topic: http://www.rdsp.com
To learn more about these and other financial planning tools, visit a trusted financial planner or accountant. , visit a trusted lawyer with experience working with families of children with disabilities.