Persons may be eligible for assistance in the Blind, Deaf or Disabled categories if they are 18 years of age or older and have been certified by the Medical Advisory Board.
Applicants/clients may apply for assistance to the Medical Advisory Board
- as early as their 18th birthday
- if it is believed that, once certified, they will be financially eligible for social assistance based on all other criteria.
Applicants should be advised of these criteria to avoid unnecessary applications.
An application for Blind, Deaf or Disabled Category which is rejected by the Medical Advisory Board for an applicant/client cannot be appealed through the Department of Social Development. The case manager may request the decision be reviewed by contacting the Secretary of the Board if the case manager believes the definition of Blind, Deaf or Disabled as stated in Regulations under the Family Income Security Act were met. If still rejected, the applicant/client must wait six (6) months before reapplying, unless their medical condition undergoes significant change.