Withdrawals

Created by Christian Louden, this video presents students (in kind of a weird way) with options for addressing an academic crisis.

studentawards.com

With over $82 million in awards available in its database, studentawards.com is seeing its membership rapidly expand: a recent Calgary Herald story profiled the website.

DSM-V and Autism: what do the changes mean?

The fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was recently released.

Among the changes in the new edition is that the separate diagnostic labels of Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, and Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified have been replace by one umbrella term – Autism Spectrum Disorder.

At the Fall 2012 Autism Research Institute Conference, Pamela Compart, M.D. spoke about what the changes may mean to individuals and families living with Autism: watch the video of Dr. Compart’s presentation.

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a long-term savings plan to help Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future. If you have an RDSP, you may also be eligible for grants and bonds to help with your long-term savings.

You should consider opening an RDSP if you have a long-term disability and are:

  • eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (disability amount);
  • under the age of 60 (if you are 59, you must apply before the end of the calendar year in which you turned 59);
  • a Canadian resident with a Social Insurance Number (SIN); and
  • looking for a long-term savings plan.

You may contribute any amount to your RDSP each year, up to the lifetime contribution limit of $200,000. With written permission from the RDSP holder, anyone may contribute to the RDSP.

For more information on the RDSP, watch Making the RDSP Work for You – a video presentation from the 2010 NEADS conference.