Organization : Government of Ireland
Facility Name : Apply for Personal Reader Grant
Country : Ireland
Website : https://www.gov.ie/en/service/231dfe-personal-reader-grant/
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What Is Ireland Personal Reader Grant?
** If you are blind or visually impaired and you need help with job-related reading, you may be entitled to a grant to allow you to employ a personal reader. This grant is only paid if you are employed in the private sector.
** The government will pay an hourly fee, in line with the current minimum wage . It will be paid for an agreed period up to 640 hours a year.
Related / Similar Status : Government Of Ireland Professional Artists On Jobseeker’s Allowance
How To Qualify For Ireland Personal Reader Grant?
You can qualify if:
** You are employed in the private sector and need help with work-related reading because of a visual impairment
** You have recently become visually impaired and are in danger of losing your job as a result of this impairment
** Due to becoming visually impaired you are going to do new or different work for your employer
** Your promotion prospects are being restricted because of reading difficulty due to your visual impairment
How To Apply For Ireland Personal Reader Grant?
** You can apply at your local Intreo office. You will get the application forms you need there or you can download them at the bottom of this page.
** If the application is approved, the department pays you a grant to pay the agreed costs of your personal reader, when you send in a claim form at the end of each month. This form is also located at the bottom of the page.
** You need to complete both forms and bring or send them to your local Intreo centre.
** You and your employer need to meet a case officer and agree the weekly and total number of hours for which you need a personal reader.
** If the application is approved, you will receive a grant to pay the agreed costs of your reader.
** The personal reader must not replace any reading help normally given by work colleagues, relatives or friends.
Download Form : https://www.statusin.org/uploads/pdf2022/65435.pdf
Ireland Personal Reader Grant Guidelines
** This grant is available to blind or visually impaired persons who are employed in the private sector and who need to employ a Personal Reader to assist them with work related reading, which is part of their duties, but which they cannot do due to the nature of their visual impairment.
** The grant is paid to the blind or visually impaired person who, in turn, employs an individual to act as a personal reader.
** The personal reader must not be replacing any reading help normally given by work colleagues, relatives or friends.
Employees can apply if:
** They are employed in the private sector and need assistance with work related reading because of a visual impairment
** They have recently become visually impaired and are in danger of losing their job as a result of this impairment
** Due to becoming visually impaired they are going to do new or different work for their employer
** Their promotion prospects are being restricted because of reading difficulty due to their visual impairment