Just a few short years ago parents rarely knew if their child was going to be born with a life altering disability and would be left scrambling to learn and prepare for their child’s special needs only after they were born. Thankfully, science and medical technology have now reached a point where several of the most common and most devastating genetic disorders can be detected prenatally, giving the parents time to educate themselves and prepare for the child’s arrival.
What is Cri-du-chat Syndrome?
The name of Cri-du-chat syndrome literally comes from the French term for “cat-cry” or “call of the cat” and refers to the distinctive catlike crying sounds made by babies born with the syndrome. This characteristic cry is caused by a combination of problems relating to the larynx and nervous system. This and other symptoms are caused by a partial deletion of the short end of chromosome 5. Cri-du-chat syndrome typically causes severe cognitive and neurological deficiencies and requires a lifetime of expensive medical needs. Applying for the Canadian Disability Tax Credit program can supply you with over $30,000 to help offset these costs or anything else you might need it for.
Symptoms of Cri-du-chat Syndrome
As with the majority of disorders caused by chromosome abnormalities, the deletion from chromosome 5 which is responsible for Cri-du-chat syndrome is copied into every cell in the body and therefore affects nearly every system within the body. In addition to the catlike crying sounds, people born with Cri-du-chat typically suffer from severe cognitive, speech and motor delays, behavioral issues and trouble swallowing among other symptoms.
How Canadian Disability Benefits Helps
Cri-du-chat is a serious genetic disorder which causes negative health effects that last a lifetime. This is why Canadian Disability Benefits should be one of the first calls you make when you receive your child’s diagnosis. We can help you apply for up to $35,000 in Canadian Disability Benefits to help you prepare for the special needs your child will have and any other adjustments