New forms for those with disabilities simplifies language to remove barriers.
Sarah Rieger, CBC News Calgary July 16, 2018
Alberta is making it easier to apply for provincial funding for those with disabilities.
The government announced Monday that it’s new Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) application forms are shorter and use plainer language to remove barriers that prevent people with disabilities from getting the support they need.
Those applying for assistance and their doctors can also now fill out their forms at the same time, when before the form had to be filled out by an applicant and then submitted to their doctor, lengthening the wait time before it could be approved.
There’s also now an online option for applicants to submit their forms.
“We are making changes so that the program is easier to access, more consistent and responsive to Albertans’ needs,” said Minister of Community and Social Services Irfan Sabir in a release.
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The changes were made based on recommendations outlined in an auditor general report in November 2016, which found “long-standing issues related to the program’s application process, how the program is monitored and reported on, and the program’s overall efficiency,” according to the new AISH action plan.
People are eligible for AISH if they are an adult living in Alberta, have a permanent medical condition that limits their ability to earn a living and meet criteria for financial eligibility.
Source CBC News Calgary
Your guide to AISH : the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped program July 2018 in Government of Alberta
How to apply for AISH in Government of Alberta