Overview

The Assistance for the Visually Impaired may be awarded to a person who is 14 years of age and over who is completely or partially visually impaired.

What you'll get

The Assistance for the Visually Impaired is paid every 4 weeks in advance.

Please click here for a Schedule of Benefits Rates.

Eligibility

General eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant is 14 years and over
  • An applicant can be gainfully occupied since eligibility for the Assistance for the Visually Impaired is not Capital Means tested. From January 2022, the applicant is not weekly means tested. Thus both Capital and Weekly Means will not be taken into consideration.
  • The applicant has been suffering from the visual impairment prior to reaching the age of 60
  • A person who is already in receipt of the Assistance for the Visually Impaired and is turning 60 years of age will have the entitlement increased to the equivalent of the Age Pension rate
  • The provisions of Article 90 of the Social Security Act (Cap. 318.) “Duplicate Rights” apply, wherein a beneficiary cannot be in receipt of two pensions; benefits; assistances or allowances concurrently but to the most beneficial pension; benefit; assistance or allowance
  • A Medical Board will decide whether the case falls within the medical parameters for payment of this assistance. An applicant who was eligible for the Disabled Child Allowance prior to turning 14 years of age may still be examined by a medical board

How to apply

General documentation:

  • Visual Impairment Disability Specialist Report which can be downloaded by clicking here
  • Copy of ID Card

Fill in and submit the application online.

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