Disability ID card for celiac disease: for whom the application is worthwhile

After being diagnosed with celiac disease, those affected often ask: Do I need a handicap ID now? How you get it, what financial relief it brings and what possible disadvantages an established disability can have

Will I get a disability ID because of celiac disease?

A diagnosis of celiac disease is usually not enough to get a handicapped ID card. An ID card is only given to people who are severely disabled. For this, the responsible pension office must determine a degree of disability (GdB) of at least 50. The degree of disability is graded from 10 to 100 in steps of ten.

As a rule, a GdB of 20 is determined for celiac disease. But there are also cases in which the GdB is higher: For example, if gluten-free food does not alleviate the symptoms in the long term and other illnesses arise. That is not excluded. If celiac disease is diagnosed late, many sufferers have secondary diseases. This can flow into the overall GdB.

A diagnosis is not just a disability

Establishing a disability is not about diagnosis. The degree of disability should reflect the impact on participation in life in society. The decisive factor is the effects of a health impairment or illness. Multiple impairments are not simply added together. The reviewers usually assume the most serious illness. However, they take into account how serious the further impairments are.

Sofia Beisel is a research assistant at the German Celiac Society

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Sofia Beisel from the German Celiac Society (DZG) believes that you have to decide individually whether you want the GdB to be determined. "What diseases do I have? What else is there? How is the development? - Am I talking about the diet or are there any problems?" There could be no general answer to that. But if several impairments come together, an application can be worthwhile, says Beisel. Because the disadvantage compensation is higher, the higher the GdB. Compensation for disadvantages are benefits such as tax breaks. They are intended to compensate for the financial burden for medication, care or aids that disabled people are exposed to in everyday life.