2.4.7 How is the degree of disability determined?
Once the application is received, the person will be notified the day, time, team and address of the Main Centre that they need to go to for the examination of the disability.
At the Main Centre, there are the so called EVOs (Evaluation and Orientation teams); teams made up of a doctor, a psychologist and a social worker, who will carry out specific actions to establish the diagnosis, evaluation and description of the disability.
Their duties are:
- Evaluating the disability and the degree of it.
- Revising the degree of disability in case of aggravation, improvement or misdiagnosis.
- Determining whether another person’s help is necessary in the disabled person’s daily life.
- Determining whether they would have difficulty using public transport.
- Deciding whether the degree of disability will have to be revised periodically or if it will be permanent.
- Issuing reports and certifications.
The members of the team can carry out any actions that they find necessary and ask for all the information and tests required for the development of their report.
They will later submit a proposal with the following data:
- Diagnosis of the disability.
- Type and degree of the disability.
- When applicable, score on the scale to determine the need of a third person’s help and the mobility limitation in order to use public transport.
A percentage of 33% is necessary for the disability to be recognized as such.
There is a special situation, that could be called “qualified disability”, whenever another person’s help is needed and the degree of disability, or chronic illness, of the person is equal or higher than 75%.