The purpose of disability benefits is to strengthen the autonomy and quality of life of persons with disabilities or long-term illnesses.
Assistive devices help sick or disabled persons cope with challenges faced in work or study. They are provided as part of rehabilitation.
Children under 16 can be paid disability allowance if they have an illness or injury that creates a need for care and rehabilitation that lasts at least 6 months and imposes particular strain and requires a greater commitment than the care of non-disabled children of the same age.
Disabled or chronically ill persons aged 16 years or over can be paid disability allowance if their ability to function remains diminished for at least a year and their illness or injury causes impairment, need of assistance and/or additional expenses.
Disabled or chronically ill persons pensioners can be paid Care Allowance for Pensioners if their ability to function remains diminished for at least a year and their illness or injury causes impairment, need of assistance and/or additional expenses on a weekly basis.
Dietary Grant for persons with coeliac disease
Persons with coeliac disease over the age of 16 years are eligible for a Dietary Grant towards the cost of maintaining a gluten-free diet.