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Apply for help for the blind

Aid for the blind supports you financially under certain conditions if you are blind or have the same status as a blind person. This lump sum of money compensates for the additional expenses you incur due to blindness.

Amount of the state allowance for the blind:

  • blind persons of full age: 410.00 euros
  • underage blind people: 205.00 euros.
    There is no annual adjustment.

They receive this regardless of their income and assets.

  • in the case of low income and assets (federal aid to the blind) additionally
    • blind people of full age: 431.77 euros
    • underage blind people: 216.61 euros.
      The aid for the blind is adjusted annually in accordance with the increase in the current pension value in the statutory pension insurance.

Note: In case of receipt of benefits for home care or full inpatient care, the state aid for the blind or the aid for the blind according to the Social Code is reduced.

Prerequisite

You are

  • blind or
  • have a visual acuity in the better eye of not more than 1/50, or
  • have equally severe impairments of the ability to see

Additional prerequisite for receiving state aid to the blind is: The blind person must be older than one year.

Responsible department

the Social Welfare Office

Social welfare office is,

  • if you live in a city district: the city council
  • if you live in a district: the district administration office (Landratsamt)

Note: In some cases, the administrative districts have transferred responsibility to larger cities in their district area. If you live in a district, the district administration office or the municipal administration of your place of residence can tell you the competent authority.

Procedure

You can apply for state aid for the blind and federal aid for the blind at the competent social welfare office in your place of residence.

The responsible office will examine your application. If the result is positive, you will receive a corresponding decision. It will pay out the aid to the blind to the account you specified in your application. As a rule, you will receive the money shortly after you have received the decision.

If the result is negative, you will receive a rejection letter.

Deadlines

none

Required documents

The competent body may request documentation, e.g. evidence of visual impairment.

Costs

none

Miscellaneous

none

Appeal

Opposition

Release note

  • 30.11.2023Sozialministerium Baden-Württemberg