yesterday i had a social worker for blind people come to my house to evaluate what i would need. she informed me of all these benefits i could get as someone who is legally blind. here are some of the benefits she mentioned:
free training in braille and mobility skills
free insurance -- medicaid
supplemental income -- $697 a month
food stamps -- $200 worth a month
a handicapped parking placard
door-to-door transportation services -- $2 a ride
free education (college paid for)
a free cell phone
and in the state of north carolina, i can get all these benefits EVEN IF I HAVE A JOB and an income. all this just because i'm legally blind.
it seems kind of unethical to me. if you have any other disability you can only get s.s.i. if you have no income, but if you're legally blind, you can get s.s.i. even with a job.
and while some of the benefits make sense, like free braille training and transportation, i don't see why i would need food stamps and a free cell phone, especially if i have a job? i'm also debating the handicapped parking placard? blind people can walk across a parking lot. if i can't walk across a parking lot it's cause of my fibro/ra, not my blindness.
i'm debating whether i should accept these benefits because of my chronic pain. i can't see myself putting in 8 hour shifts, or in some fields, 12 hour shifts. however i still think it's unethical that i get these benefits because i'm BLIND and not because of my FIBRO/RA.
does anyone see where i'm coming from? i would love to hear your input. thanks so much.