Help make change to the governments criteria on hearing disabilities

Help make change to the governments criteria on hearing disabilities

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Jim Macphee started this petition to Canadian Government and

A parent of a child born profoundly deaf is eligible for cochlear implants if there is no internal damage to the cochlea. After receiving the implants the parents are left to fend for themselves for most of the cost of maintaining and replacing the implants.

Dryer boxes, dry bricks, microphone protectors, batteries, sealed swim gear, sealable batteries, retentioners, insurance plans, replacing the very expensive processors every 5-8 years when the manufacturers stop servicing them and consider them obsolete. Implants need to be taken off at bedtime and the recipients are again 100% deaf. Homes need to be retrofitted with special alarms for fire, CO, and combustible gas as standard alarms will not be heard. All of these items costs parents a minimum of $300/month.

The way the government decides if a person would qualify for disability is whether or not with the implants they can “hear in quiet”. The world is not a quiet place. The recipients will be limited to things they can do and jobs they can get in the future. Not trying taking away from another disability but cochlear implants are a prosthetic all said and done. Somebody loses a leg and they require a prosthetic to cope. A deaf person requires this prosthetic to hear.

There are some recipients who receive disability status, but most do not. There is no fair line. If you are going to give it to one than you must give it to all. It’s only fair. 
With the disability tax credit, parents can get a break on there taxes and keep this money to cover new processors and all of the required accessories without struggling to pay for their rent or mortgage all because a child was born with a genetic disorder. 

Lets get this message across to our government and make a change.

 

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