Down’s Syndrome youths will no longer appear before medical board to benefit from the Severe Disability Assistance
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Over 100 youths with the Down’s Syndrome condition or with a severe disability will not have to appear before the Medical Board in order to benefit from the Severe Disability Assistance.
Currently, relatives of these persons had to re-apply and re-appear before the board as their children had turned 16 years of age and therefore they no longer fell under the Disability Child Allowance category.
Details of the measure were announced during a press conference by Ministers Michael Falzon and Julia Farrugia Portelli, who expressed that this simplification measure leads to less bureaucracy, loss of leave days and other inconveniences.
Minister Falzon stated that the need was felt that this process is terminated, describing the measure as another form of social justice that provides an opportunity to everyone to reach their potential.
Minister Farrugia Portelli said that through this measure, some 90% of persons with severe disability will not have to reappear before the medical board when they reach 16 years of age. She added that notifications were sent to those who reached 16 years between January and August this year, while during August those who reach this age between September and December will also be notified.
Mr George Cremona, director within the Social Security Department, said that the department is reducing bureacracy even in other sectors such as the Carers Grant, given to those parents who care for their children with a severe disability. For this benefit, these parents also do not need to reapply.
Joanne Xerri, a mother of a Down’s Syndrome person, expressed her satisfaction for the measure which, she said, will greatly assist them because as parents they already take a considerable amount of leave to attend their children’s regular appointments.