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DI 21501.030 Arizona APTD/AB State Plan

A. Blindness

3-510.1 Qualifications for Eligibility. The following visual limitations are established by law:

  1. Has no vision or acuity.

  2. Has central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best correction by single magnification.

  3. If there is a field defect in which the peripheral field has been contracted to such an extent that the widest diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees.

B. Permanently and totally disabling

1. 3-601 Definitions

  1. Permanently: The term “permanently” refers to a continuous physical or mental impairment with prognosis for no improvement verifiable by medical findings.

  2. Totally: The term “totally” is not an absolute term implying that the individual must be confined to bed, chair, or institution. “Totally” involves additional considerations, such as, age, training, skills, and work experience, and the probable functioning of the individual in his particular situation in the light of his impairment.

2. 3-607 Employability

An employable person shall not be eligible for APTD. Employability shall be determined by MRT from social and occupational data submitted by the county eligibility worker in conjunction with medical examination evidence as related to the person's occupational history and current physical and/or mental condition.

  1. Homemaker: If a woman's primary or only occupation has been that of a homemaker she will be considered employable if she can perform the daily functions of maintaining a home for herself and her family. A person living alone will not be evaluated as a homemaker.

  2. Other Occupations: Persons with a history of paid employment in competitive occupational settings (i.e., exclusive of sheltered workshop or rehabilitation type work projects) will be considered employable if they are working or are capable of working twenty (20) or more hours per week in such settings regardless of the availability of such employment. Such persons who are working less than twenty (20) hours per week because of the lack of employment will also be considered employable.

    NOTE: Persons who are only capable of performing work in a sheltered workshop setting or rehabilitation work project are considered unemployable for purposes of this section since they cannot compete in the normal labor market.

  3. Rehabilitation Training: An APTD recipient may be enrolled in a rehabilitation program which includes paid employment or job training provided that such program is conducted under the auspices of a bona fide rehabilitation agency, is of a specified time duration, and the income does not exceed the recipient's need after appropriate income disregards are applied. (See 3-1121.4C)

Recipients who, without good cause, refuse referral to DVR or other authorized rehabilitation agency or fail to comply with rehabilitation policy shall be ineligible for APTD. Determination of “good cause” shall be made in conformity with A.P. Manual Section 3-407.5B.