One of the most common questions we are asked is “what financial benefits can a person who has low vision or is blind receive?”
Accessing benefits and funding for a person with vision impairment can be complex and time consuming and will vary from person to person.
We’ve set out some options below, but if you require more information, simply contact us and one of our friendly team will be more than happy to talk through options open to you.
Please note that eligibility for benefits and funding are dependent on individual circumstances and we are unable to give specific advice or process applications.
There are currently four options for funding, depending on your individual situation:
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- My Aged Care (MAC)
- Department of Vetran Affairs (DVA)
- Self funding
Why should I choose Quantum as an NDIS, MAC or DVA Service Provider?
Quantum is a registered NDIS, MyAgedCare and DVA provider. We meet strict quality and safety requirements and provide specialist staff who understand the challenges of living with low vision, blindness or a learning disability. Our staff are committed to helping and supporting you to ensure our Assistive Technology is tailored for your specific circumstances.
Benefits for people who are legally blind
Aside from service funding options, people who are legally blind can access a number of benefits and concessions including:
People who are living with blindness or low vision, may be eligible to receive the “Blind Pension”, which generally refers to the Disability Support Pension (DSP).
The “Blind Pension” provides financial support for a either a single person or someone part of a couple, who are permanently, legally blind.
“Blind Pension” eligibility
If you are permanently and legally blind there are two variants of “Blind Pension” that you may be eligible to receive:
- If you are under the age of 66, and unable to work, you may qualify for the Disability Support Pension (Blind).
- If you are over the current retirement age of 66, you may be eligible for the Age Pension (Blind).
“Blind Pension” assets test
Neither variation of the “Blind Pension” is means tested (your assets and money in the bank are not taken into account), but the amount received will depend on your own individual circumstances.
Benefits for seniors who are legally blind
Seniors, over the current retirement age of 66, who are legally blind, may be eligible to claim the Age Pension (Blind).
Alongside this, you may qualify for MyAgedCare funding for your supports and services.
Public transport & Taxi / Uber Subsidy Scheme
People living with a vision impairment are entitled to travel free or on special concession rates across a range of public transport options, taxis and UBERs. Your free Vision Impairment Travel pass is linked to the State in which you live.
Other benefits for people living with blindness or vision impairment
Individuals with low or no vision may be entitled to a number of financial entitlements, depending on your individual circumstances: