Hello,

That depends on what your thesis is. If it is about countries providing benefits for those who are blind, NZ and AU appear to have some of the better financial support systems set up.


I am surprised to hear that the set-up in the UK is not so good. I thought it was similar to that of NZ and AU.

If your thesis is about overall societal supports for the blind, this gets a little more complicated. I moved out to NZ eight months ago. Since I have arrived here, and I am living in Christchurch, I have only found one lift with braille or tactile markings on it, and the same with toilet doors. Don't even get me started about the buses. I have been purposefully passed by by buses when the driver realized I was the only person at the stop and noticed my guide dog, and I regularly have drivers forget about my requested stop; in one case causing me to miss an important business meeting because it took an hour to get back to the location. Note: this usually occurs at least three times per week. I have also had the transit authority tell me that I need to understand that when the bus is full, it is completely understandable if the driver forgets about my stop, so the driver will not be repremanded in any way.

Every place has its positives and its negatives regarding how its blind residents are treated.

David Chittenden, MS, CRC, MRCAA


dark wrote:
Maybe it would be worth me looking into the law in newzealand for my thesis, sinse it does seem a better model on this point.

Beware the Grue!

Dark.
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aah I understand
we had this issue and had to fight for it but we get exempt on the grounds that if something happens or if we need extra stuff we can or something to that effect. Interestingly enough people in the us and uk seem to have a few more issues than here. we seem to have got over most of our stereotypes and things which shouldn't bee, I mean we are a small country so exactly why small places get this quicker when we have less people is beyond me.
At 04:24 p.m. 23/11/2009, you wrote:
Hi Shaun,
Yes, there are benifit restrictions. It depends on if the person is on SSI or SSDI. In either case there are some restrictions involved. I can't quite remember the exact amounts, but if I'm correct here is how it works for those people on SSI. You can make up to $80 per month without it effecting your SSI benifits. After that you lose a dollar for every two dollars you earn, or something like that. After a certain point Social security cuts the person off at the knees as he/she is making too much to qualify for the program. Plus he or she must turn in their income to the IRS for tax purposes, and the IRS takes their cut of what you made. Failing to inform Social Security and the IRS of your earnings can actually cause the person involved owing both the IRS and Social Security Administration money. Not to say the least the person can do some serious jail time. So making money especially, unreported money, while on SSI can be a serious problem. I'm going to assume here Jim is on SSI or SSDI. Either way for him to take money under that kind of arrangement is very problematic. SSDI is more flexable, but there are still restrictions involved there too.

shaun everiss wrote:
what, why not afford to make ny cash do you have benifit restrictions like damien does? In new zealand to some extent we are exempt from said things, ofcause if we are earning a million bucs then maybe that would go away but hmph.



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