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People with Disabilities

Disability Assessment and Diagnosis

The Social Insurance Administration (TR) assesses the disability of those who apply for disability benefits in accordance in accordance with regulation. The administration may require the applicant to undergo a special evaluation to determine rehabilitation eligibility before the assessment is performed.

Disability Diagnosis

The State Diagnostic and Counselling Centre is responsible for the examination and diagnosis of children with disabilities and other developmental disorders. Parents and other relations may contact the centre for information and assistance, and the same applies to regional offices for people with disabilities.

The parents of children with disabilities or chronic illness are entitled to support benefits. Parental benefits are paid until the child is 16 or 18. Applications for parental benefits are available from the Social Insurance Administration. A medical certificate needs to be submitted alongside the application, and if the child has a disability, a report from the regional office for the disabled should be included.

Disability Assessment

An person aged 16 to 67 may request a disability assessment, in consultation with their doctor, when it becomes clear that they will not fully recover from an accident or illness. The assessment is typically performed after the individual has received sickness benefits for one year.

A certificate from a doctor and the individual's application for disability benefits and related payments, along with other support documents, must be submitted to the Social Insurance Administration.

In some cases, the person applying for the disability assessment is called in for an interview or medical examination, which is performed by the medical staff at the Social Insurance Administration. In such cases the person in question may be entitled to a refund for travel expenses, which is handled by Health Insurance in Iceland.

Disability benefits are calculated according to a standardized scale, which takes into a account the results from the disability assessment.

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