Entitlements for people with disabilities
Disability allowance and other financial supports for people with disabilities
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Normally the day-to-day expenses of having a disability are higher than they are for people without disabilities. You can apply for a disability allowance (which you keep while studying) or other financial supports to help with the increased costs.
- This is a means-tested payment that you can get from age 16
- You can qualify if you have a long-term disability that affects your ability to work
- You may also get other social welfare benefits on top of this payment
- This is for people who have made social insurance payments over a certain amount of time and are likely to be unable to work long-term due to illness or disability
- This is a means-tested payment for people over the age of 18 who are registered as legally blind or as having low vision
- In order to get this pension, you must satisfy the means test and residency requirements (i.e. you must permanently live in Ireland)
- You will also need to be assessed by an ophthalmic surgeon in order to qualify for this payment
- This is a supplementary payment to people over the age of 16 who are blind or have low vision and are already getting another welfare payment
- The purpose of this payment is to provide extra financial support.
- This is a payment for people who are physically or mentally ill as a result of an accident at work or one on the way to work, or as a result of a disease they contracted because of the type of work they did
- This may be paid as one lump sum or in the form of regular payments, depending on your injury or the type of ill health you have
- You may also be able to get Incapacity Supplement or Constant Attendance Allowance if you are on Disability Benefit
- This is a group of payments you can apply for if you’re ill or disabled as a result of a work accident or an industrial illness
- These payments include Injury Benefit, Disablement Benefit, Incapacity Supplement, Constant Attendance Allowance and Medical Care Scheme
- If you are receiving a disability payment, the Back to Education Allowance allows you to attend a second or third level course while still receiving a social welfare payment
- You may also work part-time if you have this allowance
- There are a variety of medical entitlements for all citizens in Ireland
- These include Medical Cards, GP Visit Cards, the Long Term Illness Scheme, the Drugs Payment Scheme and tax back on medical expenses
- Click here for further information on these entitlements
- There are a variety of schemes that will help you get back to work or to adapt your work environment to meet your needs
- Click here to read further information on these schemes.
- Carer’s Benefit and Carer’s Allowance can be applied for if you’re a full time carer of someone with a disability.
- Household Benefits Package
- Heating Supplement and the National Fuel Scheme
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