Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)
WIPA projects are community-based organizations that collect grants from the Social Security Administration to supply all Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability benefit recipients (including youth in the transition-to work age bracket) with free unlimited access to work incentives planning and assistance. Each WIPA project has Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWIC) who:
· Offer work incentives preparation and assistance to benefit recipients with disabilities;
· Execute outreach exploits to those benefit recipients (and their families) who are potentially qualified to participate in state or federal employment support programs; and
· Work in collaboration with private, state, and federal agencies, as well as not-for-profit organizations that serve benefit recipients with disabilities.
If you are a SSDI or SSI disability beneficiary who wants to work, a WIPA project can help you to learn what employment support programs are available to you, and allow you to make informed decisions regarding work.
WIPA services are accessible in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Territories of the Virgin Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. To find the WIPA organization location nearest to you, please call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 for the hearing-impaired. Contact information can also be found in the service provider directory on the Social Security website.