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ODSP Action Coalition provides an overview of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and covers applying for ODSP, ODSP rates, income, earnings, assets and changes, the different types of ODSP Benefits, appeals and tips, and strategies for navigating the system.
You must meet the definition of a person with a disability as set out in the act:
1. That the impairment is continuous or recurrent and expected to last more than one year.
2. That it results in substantial restriction in daily living.
This benefits program is governed by the ODSP Act.
You do not qualify if you have more than the allowed amount of assets (here is the government list), e.g., savings, or property, greater than $5000. Exempt assets are RESP, trust funds, insurance policy, and pain and suffering awards. Check with the government list or your Case Worker.
If your benefits are denied, you may appeal to the Social Benefits Tribunal.
Special benefits are available, for example a Special Diet Allowance (up to $250/month) for those with specific dietary needs. There is also a special dietary allowance for breastfeeding mothers (Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Nutritional Allowance). You need a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner's certificate for this.
- Health benefits
- Prescription drug coverage - a drug card with your monthly cheque, pharmacist may ask for a $2 co-pay. See also: Income Support Directive 9.8 - Drug Benefits
- Dental coverage -basic dental coverage, treatments related to your disability
- Vision care - assistance with costs for glasses, and repairs
- Medical supplies diabetic supplies, surgical supplies and dressings, unavailable through CCAC
- Medical transportation, transport to AA groups, counselling, psychiatrist, mental health therapy, that costs more than $15 per month. Emergency ambulance. If you need a taxi or an escort tell your doctor to put this in writing, or call CCAC. There are northern travel amounts, as well, as distance is often a barrier to a medical appointment.
- Extended Health Benefit prosthetics, back braces, surgical stockings, etc. Costs of completing forms, air conditioners for asthmatics, funeral and burial costs.
- Disability-related benefits
- Guide dog benefit, sign language interpretation...
|Prescription drug coverage|
The Ontario Disability Support Program may help with: purchasing an alerting system (for example, a visual smoke alarm) repairing a hearing aid replacing a battery for a hearing aid or device. This benefit covers the cost of items if other funding is not available.
Assistive devices Mobility devices - batteries and repairs
Here are some examples of mobility devices:
- manual or electric wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, lifting devices.
|Also, take notes in meetings, at appointments.|
Ask a friend to go with you.
You can ask for a volunteer from
Community Home Support to assist you.
If you are overpaid, they will deduct this amount from the next cheque.
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