Expenses can include transportation to and from work, federal and state income taxes, union dues, or translation of materials into Braille.

If a person is on SSI and is blind, expenses needed to earn income that are paid for by the individual (not necessarily related to the disability) can be excluded from the income determination for SSI purposes. Examples of these expenses can include transportation to and from work, federal and state income taxes, union dues, or translation of materials into Braille.

Blindness


“Blindness” for Social Security purposes means either:

  • Central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens; or
  • A limitation in the fields of vision so that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle of 20 degrees or less (tunnel vision).