1. The challenges of Diabetes as a disability

    A person diagnosed with diabetes, a disease in which blood sugar levels cannot be managed by the body due to lack of production or failure to react to insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. This hormone that plays an important part in regulating metabolism by assisting in the absorption of certain compounds. The production of glucose; a simple sugar that circulates in our blood st…Read More

  2. How Amputation Affects Someone Physically and Mentally

    There are a variety of medical reasons for amputation, but having one or more of your limbs removed will most definitely have consequences on an amputee’s life. The most obvious effects will immediately be seen physically, as aspects of everyday living will need certain adjustments depending on the condition of the amputation. A person dealing with an amputation will also experience a degree of …Read More

  3. ASD and Disability Tax Credits

    What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a diagnosis for a developmental disability that can range greatly in severity. In the past, ASD was broken down into several different diagnoses including Asperger syndrome and PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified). The common symptoms found throughout the spectrum include difficulties with communicati…Read More

  4. Chronic Pain

    What is Chronic Pain? Chronic pain is any pain a person has that lasts longer than six months, or any pain that continues far after the point at which pain would normally stop for a given injury or ailment. Backaches, headaches, and joint pain are the most common types of chronic pain. Cancer, arthritis, injuries, years of poor posture or being overweight can also cause pain that refuses to go awa…Read More

  5. A Brief Overview of Borderline Personality Disorder

    Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a severe form of mental disorder. It is one of the many disabilities that First Support can help you get disability benefits for. It was named in the late 1930s by Adolf Stern, who thought the condition existed on the ‘borderline’ of psychosis and neurosis. While this classification has long been challenged by mental health professionals on the basis th…Read More

  6. The Effects of Anxiety

    While everyone will occasionally feel anxious, those feelings generally pass once a typical anxiety-inducing event (job interviews, family illness, etc.) is over. But not everyone gets over anxiety, or even have what most people would consider an event that acts as a cause for anxiety. Some people are saddled with anxiety in that they aren’t able to control it without help from doctors, psychiat…Read More

  7. We Work Hard to Get You Your Refund

    Dealing with paperwork is not usually something a person looks forward to, especially when that paperwork is concerned with taxes. The dread of filling out forms can be even more prevalent for those with disabilities, as they have to fill out even more paperwork to apply for their tax credit. At First Support Professionals in Toronto, we're here to do the hard work for you, helping you with the ap…Read More

  8. Living on Your Own with a Vision Disability

    Living on your own provides you with the freedom to set your own schedule, follow your own routine, and determine what you’ll do each and every day. Living on your own with a disability, such as blindness, may seem restricting, but many people are able to arrange their homes and their lives to accommodate their disability. Those who have vision issues are capable of living normal, healthy lives,…Read More

  9. The Disabling Effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an overwhelming condition in which a person is unable to cope after a traumatic event. Any frightening experience like assault (physical or sexual), natural catastrophe, loss, death of a loved one, war, etc. can trigger this condition. Numerous studies have indicated that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) does not only mentally disturb a person but also advers…Read More

  10. Depression in Adulthood

    Depression is not just a state of being ‘too sad’; it is a medical condition that is more than mere sadness in everyday life. It has chronic symptoms and disturbs the daily functioning of the individual suffering from it. It is not a result of a single event; rather, many factors come into play to develop depression over a period of time. The causes may be genetic, psychological, social, or a …Read More