Q I heard that the Social Security Administration has special rules for people who are blind or have low vision?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that blindness has a severe impact on a person’s ability to work and keep a job. For this reason, the SSA has a number of special rules for those who are blind.
- A higher monthly earning limit: Work incentives make it easier for those who receive disability benefits to work. If you are not blind, you may earn up to $1,040 a month and still qualify for SSDI. If you are legally blind, you may earn $1,740. If you are self-employed, the amount of time you spend working is not held against you. You may continue to receive SSDI, as long as your net monthly profit averages $1,740 or less.
- Ability to work when over age 55: There are special guidelines for those who are both legally blind and age 55 or older. If a person who meets these conditions earns more than $1,740 a month and is working at a lower skill level than before age 55, benefits are suspended rather than terminated. The applicant may receive benefits whenever his income falls below $1,740 a month.
For more information on disability benefits for vision loss, request a free copy of Five Most Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability. If you have further questions or would like to discuss your personal situation, please contact the Boston disability lawyers at Keefe Disability Law at 888-904-6847.