The Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services subsidizes assistive devices, including braille devices, that are bought to improve a blind person's functioning and aid in his/her personal and social rehabilitation.
- Some examples of such devices are: braille machines, braille clocks (watches and alarm clocks), braille paper, braille measuring tape, braille ruler, braille globe and braille display unit.
Who is Eligible?
How to Claim It?
- Section 4 of Provision 6.7 of the Social Work Regulations: Assistance Purchasing Assistive Devices for the Blind contains a table which includes a list of subsidized items, the level of subsidy and the depreciation period.
- Purchase of assistive devices is performed directly through the company or organization who won the relevant Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services bid, for example: TSR Gaash, Cohen – Advanced Computer and Optical Solutions, and Let’s Talk – Assistive Technologies. The customer’s eligibility to purchase the requested device is then reviewed.
- Likewise, any item on the list may be purchased in a different place and the eligible customer is entitled to a reimbursement from the service provider according to the amount which appears in the table. In order to receive this reimbursement, the customer must present an original tax invoice (no photocopies), a photocopy of his/her certificate of blindness/visual impairment, and a photocopy of his/her identification card (teudat zehut).
- Those purchasing a magnification system, voice software, computer magnification software, a braille display or a braille display with voice support, must fill out a Request for Subsidized Purchase of Computerized Equipment Form.
- Those interested in purchasing a replacement product before the previous product’s depreciation period has ended must purchase the new product at full price.
- For those requiring professional or vocational training, the National Insurance Institute provides assistance in the form of rehabilitation programs. This assistance is provided by the placement coordinators.
- Those who are eligible to receive financial assistance in purchasing braille assistive devices due to another law or arrangement (such as a blind IDF veteran, a blind victim of enemy aggression, or a blind work accident victim) are not eligible to also receive this assistance.
- Someone whose request was not approved may appeal the decision by contacting the RASHAT (seeing, hearing and technology) services in the Disabilities Department.
Laws and Regulations
- Provision 6.7 of the Social Work Regulations: Assistance Purchasing Assistive Devices for the Blind
- Appendix to Provision 6.7: List of Subsidized Equipment and Subsidy Conditions
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.