Greenville One-Stop Workforce Center
D I S A B I L I T Y N E W S
Volume II – Issue 3
PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR
; Identify yourself before you make physical contact with a person who is
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! blind. Tell him your name and your
role is it’s appropriate, such as a
security guard, usher, case worker,
receptionist or fellow student. Be sure SOCIAL SECURITY’S to introduce him to others who are in DEFINITION OF DISABILITY the group, so that he’s not excluded.
; If a new customer or employee is blind The definition of disability under Social
or visually impaired, offer him a tour Security is different than other programs.
of your facility. Social Security pays only for total disability.
No benefits are payable for partial disability
; People who are blind need their arms or for short-term disability.
for balance, so offer your arm – don’t
take his – if he needs to be guided. Disability under Social Security is based on
(However, it is appropriate to guide a your inability to work. We consider you
blind person’s hand to a banister or disabled under Social Security rules if you
the back of a chair to help direct him cannot do work that you did before and we
to a stairway or a seat). decide that you cannot adjust to other work
because of your medical condition(s). Your
; If the person has a guide dog, walk on disability must also last or be expected to last
the side opposite the dog. As you are for at least one year or to result in death. This
walking, describe the setting, noting is a strict definition of disability. Social
any obstacles, such as stairs (“up” or Security program rules assume that working
“down”) or a big crack in the sidewalk. families have access to other resources to
provide support during periods of short-term
; If you need to leave a person who is disabilities, including worker’s compensation,
blind, inform him first and let him insurance, savings and investments.
know where the exit is. Leave him
near a wall, table or some other www.socialsecurity.gov
landmark. The middle of a room will
seem like the middle of nowhere to him.
; A person who is visually impaired may IN HELPING
need written material in large print. A
clear font with appropriate spacing is
just as important as the type size. OTHERS, WE
Labels and signs should be clearly
lettered in contrasting colors. It is
SHALL HELP easiest for most people with vision
impairments to read bold white letters
on black background. OURSELVES; FOR
GOOD WE GIVE
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families and careers, health professionals and
service providers in the disability sector. US!
**If you have any questions about the
content of this newsletter, please call the
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