Doc Talk #160 – Disability and Disability Benefits

In this show Dr Dan and Jamieson discussed the topic of disability. One of things that is poorly understood is that many disabilities are invisible, or hidden.

We discussed what is meant by disability and some common kinds of hidden disability.

There are a number of supports and benefits available to those with disability, but unless people know about them and take them up, they are not able to maximize their potential.

Unfortunately there has been a proliferation of official-sounding companies which have taken advantage of those seeking benefits, with exorbitant fees.

Disability benefits can be extremely confusing (even as an educated physician with experience of navigating the system). Happily there is a pretty good tool available, the Benefits Finder, on the government of Canada website.