Sensory Disability Benefit

Service Description

Blind, deaf or deaf-blind people who have their residence or usual place of abode within the meaning of Section 30 (3) of the First Book of the Social Code in Thuringia receive sensory disability allowance to compensate for the additional expenses caused by their disability without taking income and assets into account. The sensory disability allowance must be applied for.
Sensory disability allowance is also paid to blind, deaf or deaf-blind people who

  1. have their residence or habitual abode in the European Union and not in the area of application of the Basic Law and are employed or self-employed in Thuringia as cross-border commuters,
  2. have their residence or habitual abode in Thuringia and, as a frontier worker, are engaged in employment or self-employment in the European Union outside the area of application of the Basic Law, or
  3. are employed or self-employed in a member state of the European Union outside the scope of the Basic Law as a seconded employee of an employer working in Thuringia or after self-employment in Thuringia, provided that this employment or self-employment does not exceed the expected duration of 24 months.

A person is blind if he or she completely lacks sight. Persons whose visual acuity is not more than 1/50 in either eye or in both eyes, or who have other visual impairments of such severity that they are to be treated as equivalent to this impairment of visual acuity, shall be treated as blind.

Deaf within the meaning of the law are people with congenital or acquired deafness on both sides or people with congenital or acquired hearing loss bordering on deafness on both sides, insofar as they have been awarded the mark "Gl" under the law on severe disabilities due to the hearing impairment.

Deaf-blind persons within the meaning of this law are persons for whom a degree of disability of at least 70 is recognized due to a hearing impairment and a degree of disability of 100 due to a visual impairment.

The sensory disability allowance is 360 euros per month for blind people as of July 1, 2017. For deaf-blind people, this amount increases by 100 euros. Deaf people receive 100 euros per month.

If the blind or deaf person is in an inpatient facility, the sensory disability allowance is reduced to 82.10 euros per month. For deaf-blind people living in an inpatient facility, this amount increases to 164.20 euros.

Benefits that blind, deaf and deaf-blind people receive to compensate for the additional expenses caused by blindness, deafness and deaf-blindness under other legal provisions are offset against the sensory disability allowance.

If blind or deaf-blind people receive cash, non-cash or combination benefits of home care, the sensory disability allowance is reduced to 164.20 euros per month for care level 2 and to 114.80 euros per month for care levels 3 to 5. For deaf-blind people, the amounts increase by 100 euros in each case.
Deaf people receive 100 euros regardless of the care level.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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