Aid to the Blind (AB)

The Aid to the Blind (AB) program provides cash assistance to low-income Colorado residents who are under age 60 and who have at least a six-month total disability that precludes them from working. The goal of the program is to provide interim financial assistance while waiting for approval of supplemental security income (SSI). The AB program provides financial benefits up to $200 per month. Any other income such as wages, Social Security benefits (SSA), SSI, veteran's assistance, etc. may reduce the amount of the AB payment


Applicants must be under the age of 60. Applicants may have countable resources up to a maximum of $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 for a married couple. Examples of resources are; cash (not spent in the month you receive it), checking or savings accounts, certificates of deposits, vehicles, boats, motor homes, stocks and bonds, life insurance, burial contracts or policies, and secondary property, etc. Additionally, applicants must have less than a 10% visual acuity in the better eye with corrections or not more than 20/200 central vision acuity in the better eye with correction.

How to Apply

Pick up an application from our office, call to have one mailed to you, or print an application online. Bring the completed application for assistance and all required documents into our office. Applications cannot be processed without all required documents, which include:
  • Proof of identity (driver’s license, ID card, resident card, U.S. passport, etc.)
  • Social Security number
  • Applicants need to also apply for SSI

Spanish applications are available.

Application Process Period

AB applications will be processed within 60 days from the date our office receives your completed application and all required documents.

More Information

Visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website for more information about AB.

Visit the Social Security website for information, instructions, and applications for SSI.