The special allowance is an economic benefit, paid on demand in favour of the partially blind.
The special allowance is for blind people, regardless of age or income.
Start date and duration
To be entitled to the financial allowance, citizens must make a claim for recognition of their health conditions, by submitting a claim through the "Civilian invalidity - Submit application for acknowledgements of health requirements” service. Once the health and administrative requirements have been confirmed, the financial allowance is paid starting from the first day of the month following the one in which the claim was made or, in exceptional cases, from the date indicated by the relevant health authorities in the report of acknowledgement of the civilian invalidity sent by INPS.
What am I entitled to?
For 2020 the amount of the allowance is € 212.86 and is paid in 12 monthly instalments.
Blind people who meet the health and administrative requirements are entitled to the special allowance for blind people:
- acknowledgement of partial blindness, with residual vision not exceeding one twentieth in both eyes, due to congenital or contracted cause or accident at work and service, but not in war;
- Italian citizenship;
- foreign citizenship; community registration in the registry office of the municipality of residence;
- non-EU citizenship and residence permit of at least one year referred to in Article 41 of the Consolidated Immigration Act, even when not having a long-stay permit;
- a permanent and regular residence within the national territory.
The allowance is also due for those who are hospitalised in a public institution.
It is incompatible with a constant attendance allowance.
It is incompatible with war, work or service disability, but whoever claims it can choose the most favourable benefit.
It can be combined with the non-payable pension and benefits granted for total civilian invalidity or deafness (multi-disabled persons).
When can I claim?
To receive the allowance, the disability must be confirmed in advance by means of a medical-legal consultant and the issuance of a health report.
It is therefore necessary to obtain an introductory medical certificate from a GP including the read code which should be entered in the health verification claim and sent to INPS using the “Civilian invalidity - Procedures for confirming health requirements (InvCiv2010)” service.
The confirmation process is complete after INPS has sent out the civilian invalidity report. This is sent either by registered mail with a return receipt or to a certified email (PEC) address if provided by the applicant and can be accessed through the on-line mailbox service.
Once the report has been received with acknowledgement of the disability, the citizen must submit the AP70 form through the service for “Civilian invalidity - Send socio-economic and income data for the granting of financial allowances”.
For submitting either the health verification claim or the confirmation of socio-economic requirements (AP70 form), the citizen can independently use the on-line services available on the INPS portal, accessing them using their fiscal code and PIN or SPID (Public system for digital identification). Alternatively, claims can be made using on-line services offered by institutions for advice and social assistance.
How can I claim?
Once the introductory medical certificate and the attached code have been obtained, the claim must be made to INPS on-line using the dedicated service.
Alternatively, claims can be made via institutions for advice and social assistance or via Italian organisations for the disabled (ANMIC, ENS, UIC, ANFASS) using their on-line services.
With the exception of claims made by cancer patients, it is not possible to submit a new claim for the same allowance until the current one has been completed, or, in the event of a judicial appeal, until the final judgement has been reached.