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 Benefit Rates.

Eligibility

• The applicant should be 14 years and over.

• An applicant can be gainfully occupied since eligibility for the Assistance for the Visually Impaired is not Capital Means tested. However, any other additonal income not derived from the applicant’s main employment, must not exceed the current minimum wage. In the case that any additional income does exceed the current minimum wage, then the difference by which this is exceeded will be deducted from the awarded rate.

• 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

Fill in the online form and submit.
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