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Aid to the Blind (AB)
The Aid to the Blind (AB) program provides cash assistance to low-income Colorado residents
who are under age 60 and who have at least a six-month total disability that precludes them
from working. The goal of the program is to provide interim financial assistance while waiting
for approval of supplemental security income (SSI). The AB program provides financial benefits
up to $189 per month. Any other income such as wages, Social Security benefits (SSA), SSI,
veteran's assistance, etc. may reduce the amount of the AB payment.
Applicants must be under the age of 60. Applicants may have countable resources up to a
maximum of $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a married couple. Examples of resources
are; cash (not spent in the month you receive it), checking or savings accounts, certificates of
deposits, vehicles, boats, motor homes, stocks and bonds, life insurance, burial contracts or
policies, and secondary property, etc. Additionally, applicants must have less than a 10%
visual acuity in the better eye with corrections or not more than 20/200 central vision acuity
in the better eye with correction.
How to Apply
Pick up an application from our office, call to have one mailed to you, or apply online.
Bring the completed application for assistance and all required documents into our
office. Applications cannot be processed without all required documents, which include:
- Proof of identity (driver's license, ID card, resident card, U.S. passport, etc.)
- Social Security card
- Applicants need to also apply for SSI
Application Process Period
AB applications will be processed within 60 days from the date our office receives your
completed application and all required documents.
Visit the Social Security website for information, instructions, and applications for SSI.
205 S. 6th Street
P.O. Box 929
Westcliffe, CO 81252
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
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