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The Disability Allowance can be divided into Normal Disability Allowance and Higher Disability Allowance. It is a monthly allowance provided by Social Welfare Department (SWD) to the severely disabled Hong Kong residents to meet special needs arising from disability. The Scheme is non-contributory and the allowances paid under the Scheme are non-means-tested.
An applicant is eligible for the Disability Allowance if he/she:
1. meets the following residence requirements:
2. continues to reside in Hong Kong during receipt of Disability Allowance( Please click here for information on the permissible limit of absence from Hong Kong).
3. is not receiving Old Age Allowance or Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA);
4. is not under detention or imprisonment; and
5. meets the criteria of the particular allowance as below：
Normal Disability Allowance
Higher Disability Allowance
Note: If a Higher Disability Allowance applicant has been admitted into the above residential institutions/public hospitals and institutions for receiving care or special schools under the Education Bureau for boarding service at the time of application, he/she will only be given Normal Disability Allowance. As for existing Higher Disability Allowance recipient, his/her allowance will be adjusted to Normal Disability Allowance if he/she has been admitted into residential institutions/public hospitals and institutions for receiving care or special school under the Education Bureau for boarding service for more than 29 days.
From 1 February 2017 onwards, the amount of assistance payable per month of Normal Disability Allowance and Higher Disability Allowance is HK$1,695 and HK$3,390 respectively.
Please click here for the application procedures of Disability Allowance.