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Disabled Parking Placard

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All of the information about the Misrad Harishui’s Disabled Parking Placard is available in Hebrew on the Misrad Harishui website. The following is a summary of the major details:

An individual does not need to be part of Bituach Leumi’s general disability program to be eligible for a Disabled Parking Placard.

Entitlement

The following individuals are entitled to a disabled parking placard:

  • A person who, due to disability in his legs, requires a vehicle for transportation.
  • A person with a degree of disability of at least 60%, for whom transportation without a vehicle may cause a deterioration in health.
  • A disabled person requiring a wheelchair for mobility.

Degree of disability and health risk is established based on submitted documentation, including a doctor’s letter explaining mobility limitations or risks.

 

Submitting the Claim

The claim for the Disabled Parking Placard is available on the Misrad Harishui website. It is a very simple single page request, but it must be accompanied by the following documents:

  1. a copy of the car registration
  2. a copy of the applicant’s Teudat Zehut + insert
  3. a doctor’s letter and medical documentation relating specifically to mobility

If the individual requesting the parking tag is not the vehicle owner then more documentation is required, such as copies of the owner’s identification establishing immediate family relation, or an affidavit from a lawyer establishing a non-relative’s relationship to the applicant, or other documents for leased or employer vehicles.

 

Mail Only

Applications should be mailed to:

יחידה לטיפול במוגבלי ניידות

ת.ד. 72 חולון, 58100

It can take up to 90 days to process an application.

 

Multiple Vehicles

With the proper documentation a parking placard may be issued for multiple vehicles. In this case, one placard will be issued with the identification numbers of each vehicle to which it applies. The placard can then be placed in whichever vehicle is being used by the disabled at the time.

 

Registration Fee Discount

Individuals with a Disabled Parking Placard are also entitled to a significant discount on the vehicle’s registration fee. In order to receive a refund on a registration fee that has already been paid, one must submit this request along with a blank (unsigned) check from the bank account in which the refund will be deposited directly by the Misrad Harishui.

 

Additional Details

There are many additional benefits to having a Disabled Parking Placard besides being able to park in designated parking spots. The full regulations are sent with the placard.

It should also be noted that a few years ago the Misrad Harishui redesigned the placard to the size of a credit card, which must be displayed prominently in the front window of the car. Therefore, along with the card, they send a card holder.

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Mobility Benefits

Note: This information is intended to aid interactions with qualified social workers and other assistance professionals.

The mobility benefits program provides various forms of assistance to people with impairments that limit their mobility, with the aim of helping them to integrate into the community and develop an independent life. These benefits include eligibility for a monthly allowance as well as various loans for vehicles and vehicle accessories. Each benefit in this program has its own conditions of entitlement.

All of the details of Bituach Leumi’s Mobility program are available in English on the Bituach Leumi website. The following is a summary of the major details:

Mobility Allowance

A monthly allowance is paid to those with limited mobility to assist with mobility expenses whether or not they are vehicle owners.

Vehicle owners’ allowance rates are established based on multiple factors, including:

  • Personal Variables such as the beneficiary’s percentage of mobility limitation, if the beneficiary is the driver, an earner and/or a long distance (40 km round trip) commuter.
  • Vehicle Variables such as engine size, insurance prices, gasoline prices, maintenance costs, the value and nature of special accessories installed or vehicle design.

A person without a vehicle is entitled to an allowance in an amount equal to that paid to a person with a valid driver’s license, who earns a salary, owns a vehicle with an engine volume of 1,800 cc, and for whom a 100% mobility limitation has been established.

For example: The mobility allowance paid to a person for whom a 100% mobility limitation has been established with a valid driver’s license, earning a salary, owning a vehicle with an engine volume of 1,800 cc was NIS 2,049 in July 2008.

Vehicle Loans

The following loans may be available to beneficiaries:

  • Loan for the taxes due on the purchase of a vehicle
  • Loan for a percentage of the cost of a new vehicle before taxes
  • Loans for vehicle accessories such as wheelchair lifts and other aids

Loan repayment is postponed for as long as the vehicle is in use by the beneficiary under continuing eligibility conditions, the amount due is reduced over this time, and in some cases the loan ultimately becomes a full grant. If a person remains eligible for mobility benefits he may also be able to receive loans multiple times to replace vehicles and/or accessories.

Establishing Entitlement & Submitting the Claim

The process of entitlement to the mobility benefit involves the Misrad Habriut along with Bituach Leumi. A person must first submit the Application for Medical Examination to Establish Mobility Limitations to the district health office (Misrad Habriut) where a medical committee will established the percentage of limited mobility according to a list of defined impairments, usually after a direct examination of the claimant.

After the percentage of mobility limitation is established,  the Claim for Benefits Under the Mobility Agreement must be submitted to Bituach Leumi.

Both of these forms list the necessary accompanying documents, which include medical documentation, driver and vehicle licenses, and other materials depending on each case. Assistance from a kupah or hospital social worker, or others familiar with the process, can be very useful in preparing the forms and accompanying documents.

Start of Entitlement

The beneficiary is eligible for the mobility allowance from the date the percentage of disability is determined by the Misrad Habriut medical committee. If the claim to Bituach Leumi is submitted later, the allowance is only paid for up to two months retroactively.

Limitations

A person after retirement age can not receive a mobility benefit unless they began receiving it beforehand.

Eligibility for multiple special pensions from Bituach Leumi, such as the Attendance Allowance or Child Disability, can sometimes conflict. In other cases double benefits are acceptable, usually when the circumstances are more severe.

Additional Details

Learning to Drive a Vehicle with Special Accessories

A person with limited mobility who must drive a vehicle for special accessories while sitting in a wheelchair, can learn to drive in a Bituach Leumi vehicle equipped with accessories to assist those learning to drive or learning to use the special accessories that will be installed in their vehicles.

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Rehabilitation, Walking and Mobility Devices: Health Ministry Purchase Assistance

Rehabilitation, Walking and Mobility Devices

The Ministry of Health assists in funding the cost of rehabilitation, walking and mobility devices for persons with a permanent disability based on criteria established in the ministry procedures. The service is provided to the public through the health offices.

People with disabilities who receive assistance from another source, including: Disabled IDF and Ministry of Defense veterans, victims of hostilities, work-related accident victims, road accident victims from 1975 onwards, and victims of Nazi persecution are not entitled to assistance from the Ministry of Health. People with disabilities who are hospitalized in nursing homes or in facilities of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services (retirement homes) are only entitled to funding towards the cost of walking devices and artificial limbs.

Funding Policies

The amount the Ministry of Health funds 90% of the cost of mobility devices, 75% of the cost of rehabilitation devices, and the contribution towards the cost of walking devices varies, all vased on the maximum price set by the Ministry of Health or by using the lower of three price quotes. A citizen who has difficulty in financing his part of the purchase can apply to the social worker at the health office, who is authorized to reduce the amount of the co-payment. For links that detail further information, see the “More Information” section at the bottom of this page.

Prior to the purchase, it is important to consult with the responsible official in the health office for help with applying for funding. Some or all of the following documents may be required:

  • Medical report signed by a doctor.
  • Letter of recommendation of a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist from the insuring health fund.
  • Children’s special education institutions should also attach the recommendation of a physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
  • Functional nursing care report signed by a nurse and social welfare report signed by a social worker.

Additional documents will be requested, when necessary.

Note: It is recommended that individuals consult with the district health office before starting the process of purchasing an item.

Repair of devices:

The Ministry of Health contributes towards the cost of repairing motorized mobility devices after the supplier’s warranty expires.

List of devices

Note: We always aim to provide the most updated information available, though the Ministry of Health may update its information from time to time and this is always first reflected on their Hebrew website.

Rehabilitation devices

  • Hearing aids for children up to age 18
  • Low vision aids, such as telescopic and microscopic eyeglasses, for children up to age 18
  • Special contact lenses for children unable to wear eyeglasses
  • Prosthetic breast (and first bra), eyes, nose and ears

Mobility devices

  • Manual wheelchairs, buggies, motorized chairs
  • Inserts
  • Commodes
  • Special cushions for wheelchairs
  • Manual and electric fowler and hi/low beds
  • Electric air mattresses to prevent pressure wounds
  • Home lifts (hydraulic or mechanical)
  • Reverse walkers, walkers, forearm walkers and forearm crutches

Walking devices and prosthetic limbs

  • Orthoses (for walking)
  • Prosthetic limbs
  • Cosmetic glove for artificial hand
  • Special medical shoes
  • Prosthetic socks

Additional devices for recipients of (government) allowances

  • Regular walkers
  • Various types of walking canes
  • Sponge cushions and mattresses to prevent pressure wounds

More information

For more details, see Assistance Funding Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Assistance Devices on the Ministry of Health’s English website, or the following pages we translated as part of our collaboration with Kol-Zchut:

 

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