What is considered a severe disability?

You are considered to have a severe disability if any of the following apply:
  • You permanently lost the use of one or both feet.
  • You permanently lost the use of both hands.
  • You are permanently blind.
  • You are unable to earn a living due to a permanent condition or impairment of indefinite duration.
  • You have a permanent condition that, without special equipment or outside help, limits your ability to:
    1. Earn a living
    2. Maintain a household
    3. Transport yourself
Special equipment doesn't include items such as glasses, ordinary crutches, hearing aids, or contact lenses.

You don't qualify for this exemption if one of the following applies:
  • You have a temporary disability from an injury or illness and are expected to recover.
  • Your condition keeps you from doing your former work but does not prevent you from doing other kinds of work without special equipment.
If you have a permanent severe disability, your physician must write a letter describing your disability. Keep the letter with your permanent health records.

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