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Checklist for people with disabilities and long-term illness

The lists below are to help you to check out all the main services and entitlements for persons with a disability.. The focus is on adults with a long-term illness or disability likely to endure at least one year.

The National Advocacy Service (NAS)provides independent, confidential and free advocacy for people with disabilities – in particular people who are isolated from their community and services, have communication differences, are inappropriately accommodated, live in residential services or attend day services and have limited supports. The service is funded and supported by the Citizens Information Board. You can find contact details for advocates through the Citizens Information Find an Address service.

***Main social welfare payments:

Invalidity Pension

Disability Allowance(means-tested)

Blind Pension

***Extra social welfare benefits:

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme

Free travel

Household Benefits Package

Fuel Allowance

Respite Care Grant

Rent Supplement

Diet and Heating Supplements

Exceptional and Urgent Needs Payment

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

***Transport and mobility supports are available:

Tax relief for disabled drivers and disabled passengers

Motorised Transport Grant

Mobility Allowance

Mobility training for people with visual impairments

Disabled Person’s Parking Card

Parking facilities for people with disabilities

***Working while getting a disability payment ;

Further Education and Training (FET) courses

Community Employment

Partial Capacity Benefit(for people on Illness Benefit for at least 6 months or on Invalidity Pension only)

Rural Social Scheme

Wage Subsidy Scheme

Workplace/equipment adaptation grants

Supported employment scheme

Job interview interpreter grants

Personal reader grants

Education and training

***Options for persons with a disability.

Back to Education Allowance

Third-level education for students with disabilities

Rehabilitation and training services for people with disabilities, sheltered workshops

***Health services and community supports

Community care services

Medical card

GP Visit card

Home Care Package

Day centres and day care

Respite Care

***Health services for people with intellectual, physical or sensory disabilities

Physical and Sensory Disability Database

Intellectual Disability Database

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Mental health services

Chiropody services

Home help service

Occupational therapy services

Physiotherapy services

Public health nurses

***Tax credits

Tax reliefs for people with a visual impairment

Dependent Relative Tax Credit

Trust funds for permanently incapacitated people

VAT refunds on aids and appliances used by people with disabilities

Tax relief for disabled drivers and disabled passengers

Tax relief on nursing home fees and for dependent relatives

Tax relief on the costs of employing a home carer

Home Carer’s Tax Credit

Adapting a home for a senior person or a person with a disability.

Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability

Mobility Aids Grant Scheme

Applying for local authority housing

***Looking for a flat or house to rent

Rent Supplement

Rental Accommodation Scheme

Home Renovation Incentive

Housing Assistance Payment

***Other supports

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