A person is considered markedly restricted in walking if, even with appropriate therapy, medication, and devices, they meet both of the following criteria:

  • They are unable or take an inordinate amount of time to walk.
  • This is the case all or substantially all the time (at least 90% of the time).

Devices for walking include canes, walkers, and other such devices.

Examples for walking 

Example 1

Rose must always rely on a wheelchair outside the home, even for short distances.

Example 2

Abder takes an inordinate amount of time to walk 100 metres (about one city block), at least 90% of the time, since he needs to stop because of pain and shortness of breath.

Example 3

Natalie experiences severe episodes of fatigue and problems with coordination and balance. Several days at a time, she cannot walk more than a few steps. Between episodes, she continues to have these symptoms, but to a lesser degree. However, these symptoms cause Natalie to take an inordinate amount of time to walk, at least 90% of the time.

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For some people, it may be that mobility poses a significant challenge: for instance, the ability to walk even a short distance like one city block.

The first example shows a person with no apparent mobility impairment, walking a city block without any issues.

In this example, the individual would not qualify for the disability tax credit (DTC).

The second example shows a person using a cane that assists the person in walking at a similar pace to an individual walking without the use of an aid.

In this example, the individual would not qualify for the DTC because the individual is able to walk the city block with the use of an aid, without taking an inordinate amount of time.

The third example shows a person attempting to walk a city block, however this individual has to stop frequently to rest, because of shortness of breath or pain.

In this third example, the individual would qualify for the DTC.

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