It's tax time again! The 1st form at the link below you can have completed by your PCP. It's a $500 tax CREDIT for those with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Intellectual Disability (look at the form to see if you are eligible). This form is good for 5 years, so keep a copy!
Form AR1000RC5 at bit.ly/2nsqzzI
The 2nd form doesn't need your PCP's signature. It's a $500 tax DEDUCTION for those with disabilities (again, see the form to determine eligibility). This one needs to be submitted yearly.
Form AR1000DC at bit.ly/2BDBdZy
Some may also qualify for this one: A credit of up to $2,400.00, per year, per child, is allowed to individuals or to families with a dependent child or children with Phenylketonuria (PKU) , Galactosemia, Organic Acidemias, and Disorders of Amino Acid Metabolism for expenses incurred for the purchase of medically necessary foods and low protein modified food products. Does not require PCP signature.
Form AR1113 at bit.ly/2EnpCAI
If you’re just now finding out about these credits & deductions, you can go back & claim the past 3 yrs also. It’s very easy. You may complete these forms for EACH child you have that qualifies.
Please look at the forms at each of the links to determine your eligibility.
(originally shared from Arkansas Autism Network, links have been updated to reflect 2017 taxes)
Customized skiing and riding experiences for people with disabilities. At the BOEC, they view skiing and snowboarding as sports that can be enjoyed by all!
My family had such a wonderful experience again this year with Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) that I feel like I need to share it with you. Our family (including my 13 year old daughter, whom happens to have Down
syndrome) went snow skiing in Breckenridge, CO over the New Year’s holiday. This was her second time to snow ski with the BOEC. Those of you who know my daughter know she tends to be somewhat stubborn. She either loves a sport or hates it. If she decides she doesn't like a sport, there’s really no quick or easy way to change her mind. The wonderful thing about the Adaptive Ski & Ride School at Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is the ski instructors take the time to find out what motivates the individual they're working with. Each
individual participating in the Adaptive Ski & Ride School is assigned two
instructors. My daughter's ski lesson this year went something like this… ride ski
lift up the mountain, SKI, make snow angels, SKI, snowball fight... and repeat.
From a mother’s perspective, I could not have asked for a better experience for
my daughter and my family. She loved it and asked to go back, day after day, to
see her “friends”. Ski school with the BOEC allowed my husband and I time to ski
with other experienced skiers with the comfort of knowing that our daughter was in
excellent hands – and YES, she can ski. Again, I highly recommend the BOEC to
any family (with an individual with a disability) thinking about taking a snow
skiing vacation to Breckenridge or Keystone, CO.
This is the link to the ski school
https://www.boec.org/adaptive-ski- ride-school/ .
Scholarships and financial aid are available, upon request.
- Candia Nicholas, Program Director
Staff of the Family Support Program (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)