Blindness, SSDI, and the earnings limit

Those who are disabled often face many challenges, but the financial impact of the inability to work is often devastating. From losing the ability to walk to brain damage, there are many ways in which people are incapacitated and unable to work. However, blindness is especially tough for a lot of people and it is important for those who are blind to review various issues related to SSDI benefits and eligibility, such as the earnings limit.

In fact, the Social Security Administration recognizes the severe hardships that many blind people endure and has adjusted the earnings limit for those who are blind to account for these problems.

Looking at the SSDI earnings limit

According to the Social Security Administration, those who satisfy the legal definition of blindness often have a higher earnings limit when it comes to their eligibility to receive disability benefits. During 2020, this limit was set at $2,110 per month, which is typically higher than the earnings limit for other types of disabilities. The SSA realizes the severe impact that blindness has on one’s ability to perform many job duties.

Looking at partial blindness and disability benefits

Sometimes, people who have a certain degree of visual impairment are not considered legally blind. However, they often face many hardships in the workplace as well, such as demotions, the loss of their job and an inability to perform key tasks. Sometimes, people who are partially blind are able to secure disability benefits because of their visual difficulties or as a result of other health-related problems that affect their ability to work.