The allowance is a monthly payment intended to help blind and visually impaired individuals in activities that require mobility.
- Beginning in March 2018 everyone eligible for the allowance receives a uniform allowance amount (including those who are not studying or working) including women up to the age of 67 (instead of the previous age of 62).
- The allowance amount is 1,337 NIS, beginning March 2018.
Who is Eligible?
- Individuals with a permanent Certificate of Blindness/Visual Impairment who are age 18 and above, live in the community and run their own household (including those living in hostels and sheltered housing).
- Eligible recipients must meet at least one of the following conditions:
- Are completely blind
- Have visual acuity of less than 1/60 in the better eye with the assistance of eyeglasses
- Have a field of vision which is less than 10° in the better eye
Who is Not Eligible
- Individuals who went blind after reaching age 67.
- he:נכי צה"לDisabled IDF veterans, victims of Terror, work accident victims and Road Accident Victims recognized as being disabled due to their blindness/visual impairment.
- Mobility Benefit recipients.
- Blind individuals living in a nursing home, long-term care facility, prison, or institution for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities.
- Individuals who are abroad for more than 3 months.
- Individuals with a temporary Certificate of Blindness/Visual Impairment.
How to Claim It?
- The process for checking eligibility for the allowance is included automatically in the examination of eligibility for a certificate of blindness/visual impairment. Applicants are sent a personal letter informing them of the decision.
- The process is the same for those who already have a certificate of blindness/visual impairment and are interested in only examining eligibility for the allowance (such as a minor who has a certificate of blindness/visual impairment and turns 18).
- For more details regarding the process, see: Certificate of Blindness/Visual Impairment.
- The allowance is paid directly into the recipients' bank account on the 28 of the month.
- Someone who was not found eligible for the allowance is entitled to be rechecked after a year has passed.
- Someone whose vision deteriorates is entitled to request a recheck before a year has passed, provided he/she provides documentation showing the deterioration from an eye doctor.
Prohibition of Seizing an Allowance
- It is prohibited to seize an allowance to which a blind or visually impaired individual is entitled, even if collection proceedings have been initiated against that individual.
- If the funds are paid to the recipient's bank account, they may not be seized from that account within 30 days of being transferred there. (After 30 days, the funds may be seized from the account if they have not already been withdrawn.)
- For more information, see: Personal Property Exempt from Seizure in a Writ of Execution.
- The allowance is not considered to be income for purposes of calculating eligibility for various social services benefits.
- If an aspect of a recipient's personal information or status (such as employment or educational status, address, etc.) changes, s/he must inform the Blind Services Department within 10 days of the change on the Change Declaration Form (Appendix D to the Provision 6.1 of the Social Work Regulations).
- For families in which both spouses are blind/visually impaired, eligibility is calculated separately for each of them.
Laws and Regulations
- Provision 6.1 of the Social Work Regulations: Provision of Mobility Allowance
- Appendix A of Provision 6.1 of the Social Work Regulations: Allowance for the Blind/Visually Impaired (Allowance Amount)
- The Blind Services Department (Rehabilitation Branch, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services)
- Notification from the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Services from 29.03.2018 on the topic of raising the amount of and expanding the benefit.
- Allowance Benefit for the Blind and Visually Impaired on the Ministry of Health's "Kol HaBriut" website
- Original information about the blind and visually impaired was primarily based on The Guide to Rights and Services for the Blind in Israel from the Blind Services Department (Rehabilitation Branch, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services), and was uploaded to the site with the assistance of Blind Services Department grant recipients.
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.