The participation in society of people with disabilities
An essential objective is to ensure that persons with disabilities have the same opportunities as non-disabled people in all aspects of life, not only in the workplace (equal treatment). The Ministry of Social Affairs' Sozialministeriumservice offers a variety of services to achieve this goal. A pass for people with disabilities The handicapped person's pass is a government-issued picture ID that serves as evidence of disability for purposes such as tax and fee exemptions. The application for the handicapped person's pass must be made to the Sozialministeriumservice. The pass is granted in the form of a card for applications submitted after September 1, 2016. To get a dmv handicap placard follow the link. Please be aware that the disability parking placard is not a parking permit (as specified by Section 29b of the Road Traffic Regulations) that entitles you to park in a specially marked disabled parking spot. This kind of parking ticket has been available from the Sozialministeriumservice as of January 1, 2014. In the same vein, a disability parking placard is not evidence that you are one of the disabled people entitled to benefits (registered disabled persons). The Socialministeriumservice website has further details on the handicapped person's pass, including how to apply for one and how to add new entries to an existing pass. Allowance for parking Parking permits granted by the Sozialministeriumservice under Section 29 b of the Road Traffic Regulations have been provided at no cost to applicants since 2014. Prerequisites for Obtaining a Parking Permit If you have a disabled person's pass and other information indicating that you cannot be expected to utilize public transportation owing to permanent mobility issues caused by your handicap, then you are eligible to get a parking permit. Parking permits cannot be obtained without first applying to the relevant provincial office for a handicapped person's pass, which includes this extra entrance. Application You may submit your application either electronically or manually (PDF, 256 KB). The online application cannot be processed without either a citizen's card or a signature captured through mobile phone. To comply with ICAO standards, please provide a passport picture taken inside the European Union. Permits for parking that have since expired Permits issued before to 2001 from the Sozialministeriumservice are no longer valid as of December 31, 2015, and new applications must be submitted. A parking permit granted by a city council or other local administrative body cannot have its details updated, a replacement issued, or any other action taken in regard to it. Even in these situations, a new parking permit application is required. A financial cushion for the disabled Support fund grant applications may be submitted to either the Sozialministeriumservice or a rehabilitation system organization. Each individual project is only eligible to receive one award. Grants from the assistance fund might go as high as €6,000. Funding Prerequisites and Requirements It needs to be for something really particular (for example the adaptation of a flat to make it suitable for a wheelchair user, or the adaptation of a car or the purchase of an assistance dog). A 50% or greater impairment is required. The individual must have an established primary residence in Austria. As an example, if they are a single individual, their monthly income cannot be more than €1933.30. The application has to be submitted before the work may begin. Everyday spending is unsupported (e.g. electricity or gas costs, maintenance costs, the purchase of household devices). To qualify for a grant, it must be shown that the money will be used sensibly and productively. Subsidies are not guaranteed under any law. The Social Ministry Service must also determine whether and how much other funding bodies may contribute. Subsidy eligibility requirements documentation Applying for a grant from the Support Fund for People with Disabilities requires the submission of the following materials: medical documentation detailing the nature and extent of the condition or an official document attesting to the fact that the bearer is handicapped (such as a disabled person's pass, an official decision on long-term care benefit, or an enhanced family allowance); income verification documents, and quotes from certified experts in the field, in the event of any purchases or planned work. Requests for funding from the Social Ministryservice's Support Fund for People with Disabilities should be submitted there. Disability aids The Sozialministeriumservice offers recommendations for assistive devices that may be used in the workplace or at home. Some aids are available for rent from organizations including social service providers, medical equipment retailers, and health insurance funds if purchase is not an option. EIN:BLICK brochure 3 (Rehabilitation) summarizes further information on medical and technological assistance (in German). The seventh brochure in this series focuses on available methods of financial support. The Brochure Service is where you may get a hold of any and all of the EIN:BLICK pamphlets. Dogs used for assistance and therapy Conditions for the official registration of assistance and therapy dogs, as well as criteria for conducting a quality-focused evaluation of these canine companions, are spelled out in the Federal Disability Act (BBG). These rules, which are applicable nationwide, define the breeds of dogs that may be legally recognized as service dogs or therapy dogs. Public entities and subsidy-granting organizations will only acknowledge canines that meet the requirements of Section 39a of the BBG. Guidelines have been created to provide more specific procedures for evaluating service dogs and therapy dogs. You may get the rules as a PDF (188 KB). The section on grants and guidelines has further details. The Ministry of Social Affairs has commissioned the Messerli Research Institute of the Veterinary Medical University of Vienna to carry out the evaluations, and the institute's inspection body may be contacted for further information. Please contact the provincial office of the Sozialministeriumservice if you have any queries concerning financial support for acquiring an assistance dog or enrolling it in a disabled person's pass. The federal government, the provinces, local authorities, public transport associations, and private organizations can all use the nationally standardized definition of assistance and therapy dogs to create regulations regarding the access of these dogs to certain areas and exemptions from bans on dogs.