HOH individuals being unjustly denied the Disability Tax Credit

Check out CHHA National website for more information (click here) on the facts of Disability Tax Credit and the unfairness it brings to those who are hard of hearing. Also check out MP Peter Julian’s Bill to Canada’s Parliament (http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/Bill_C-577).

See the Press Conference on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/PeterJulianMP?feature=mhum#p/a/u/1/WtIG7O7ys3w -Part 1

– Part 2

You can help by voicing your opinions and show support to Bill C 577 by writing to your MP and to the Media!!

From the CHHA National website (see the link here), the following was posted as a press release …

Ottawa, October 5, 2010 – The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA), a national organization representing millions of Canadians who live with hearing loss, urges the Government of Canada to amend the words contained in the eligibility criteria under the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) as it applies to individuals who are hard of hearing. The present criteria, particularly the words “quiet setting”, have caused a great deal of uncertainty amongst physicians, audiologists and other qualified authorizers of the Disability Tax Credit Certificate. This uncertainty has led to many hard of hearing individuals being unjustly denied the Disability Tax Credit, and brought to the forefront its discriminatory nature.

The only direction on what a “quiet setting” might mean comes from case law. Barber v. The Queen (2001 CanLii 863), which is the only case where the court sets out the purposes of the Income Tax Act in relation to Disability Tax Credit, acknowledges that the question of the definition of “quiet setting” is squarely before it, and proceeds to give a definition [see paras. 52-55]. It is the law from Barber upon which we have based our recommendations.

In response to complaints about the uncertainty of the present criteria, the CHHA National Working Group on the Disability Tax Credit has developed a proposal to revise the criteria in an effort to give effect to the purpose of the Disability Tax Credit. In developing our position on this issue, we have consulted with our members across the country as well as key organizations such as the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) which represents some 5,500 speech-language, and audiology professionals, the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA), and VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children which represents the interests of hearing impaired children in Canada.

CHHA thanks Peter Julian, NDP-Burnaby-West for tabling Bill C-577 (An Act to amend the Income tax Act (hearing impairment)) to correct this discrimination.

Further information is available from our website at www.chha.ca/chha/dtc.php.

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is the voice of hard of hearing Canadians, providing educational programs and advocating self-help. Its aim is full hearing accessibility in Canadian society. It is there to… Help to Hear Those Who Love to Listen.

For more information, contact Michael Currie, Chair, National Working Group on the Disability Tax Credit, Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, at currie.ab@gmail.com or 1-604-626-5971.

Turn That Down ….

you really might be going deaf! Hearing loss in teens has increased significantly, leading researchers to warn teens to turn down their toys. There is an article from Globe and Mail, dated August 17, 2010 that might help shed some light on IPODs, IPHONE’s or other related toys that use standard issued earbuds for headphones.

Turn it down: Teen hearing loss up 30 per cent“.

Captioning Telephones

From the CHHA National’s Office ….

Over the past few months, an important issue has surfaced which needs immediate attention:

Captioning Telephones

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is working hard to bring CapTel telephones to Canada. This telephone combines the convenience of a telephone with the text capabilities of the internet showing you the incoming caller’s words in text form in real time as captions on your CapTel telephone or over the internet. Your callers do not have to dial a special number to connect to the captioning service like they do with the TTY phone. They call your own number and the captions simply come up automatically on all calls incoming or outgoing. During your phone conversations text is displayed word-for-word in caption form of everything the caller says on the telephone’s built-in screen. A petition has been started to show support in bringing CapTel phones to Canada.

Download this petition and return to the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association immediately to show your support for this type of technology.

If you are interested in obtaining multiple signatures for this petition, please contact the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (chhanational@chha.ca).

To learn more about CapTel, visit their website at http://www.captel.com