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What is the definition of ‘severely disabled’ under the Disability Allowance?

Social Welfare Department

Definition of ‘severely disabled’

A person will be considered as severely disabled within the meaning of the Social Security Allowance Scheme if he/she is certified by the Director of Health or the Chief Executive, Hospital Authority (or under exceptional circumstances by a registered medical practitioner of a private hospital) as falling into one of the following categories :

  1. Disabling Physical Condition or Blind
    This means that a person is in a position broadly equivalent to a person with a 100% loss of earning capacity according to the criteria in the First Schedule of the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance (Cap. 282) :
    1. Loss of functions of two limbs
    2. Loss of functions of both hands or all fingers and both thumbs
    3. Loss of functions of both feet
    4. Total loss of sight
    5. Total paralysis (quadriplegia)
    6. Paraplegia
    7. Illness, injury or deformity resulting in being bedridden
    8. Any other conditions including visceral diseases resulting in total disablement
  2. Disabling Mental Condition
    This means that a person is suffering from a mental condition which produces a degree of disability broadly equivalent to that in category (A) above:
    1. Organic brain syndrome
    2. Mental retardation
    3. Psychosis
    4. Neurosis
    5. Personality disorder
    6. Any other conditions resulting in total mental disablement.
  3. Profoundly Deaf
    This means that a person, who suffers from a perceptive or mixed deafness with a hearing loss of 85 decibels or more in the better ear for pure tone frequencies of 500, 1,000 and 2,000 cycles per second, or 75 to 85 decibels with other physical handicaps such as lack of speech and distortion of hearing.
Last update: 27 Sep 2019
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