WELCOME TO THE WORK INCENTIVES PLANNING & ASSISTANCE (WIPA) PROJECTS
WIPA projects are organizations within your community that provide free benefits counseling to Social Security disability beneficiaries to help them make informed choices about work. WIPA projects offer a range of services to help you understand your options if you choose to pursue work. WIPAs are staffed by Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) who provide in-depth counseling about working, earning more money, and how working may affect your benefits.
Working with a WIPA project can help you:
Understand the rules of specific Work Incentives and how they apply to you
Decide whether the Ticket to Work program is right for you
Understand the potential benefits of employment as a person who receives disability benefits from Social Security while dispelling the myths about working
Analyze how work and earnings may impact your Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), health care, and other public benefits
Understand the services provided by a State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency or an Employment Network (EN), and how they might fit best with your needs
Once you begin working, WIPA projects can also provide information and support to help you make a successful transition to work and financial independence.
For more information about the WIPA project, click here.
For more information about Project 20/20, click here.
The Frequently Asked Questions about WIPA can be found here.
Working with a WIPA project is often a first step for beneficiaries who want to go to work.
The WIPA Project funded by a grant from the Social Security Administration for South Carolina is Walton Options (SC) WIPA Project 20/20 and is located at 514 West Ave North Augusta, SC 29841. 803-279-9611 V/TTY; 1-866-793-3407. The Lead CWIC for WIPA Project 20/20 is Robbie Breshears.
Social Security provides the Ticket to Work National Helpline for beneficiaries of social security benefits based on disability who are thinking about going to work. The helpline can provide basic information about the Ticket to Work program and will refer to WIPA program for services if needed and desired.
The TTW helpline can be reached at 1-866-968-7842/1-866-833-2967 (TTY) from M-F 8am-8pm.
More about Walton Options:
Walton Options is a community-based, consumer-controlled organization providing independent related services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. Named after George Walton, a native Augustan (Georgia) and youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, Walton Options was incorporated in Georgia in September of 1994 as a non-profit organization (501(c)(3). We operate with a consumer-driven board of directors and a staff where over 51 percent are persons with significant disabilities.
As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), we provide Core Services including:
Information & Referral
Life Skills Training
For more information, please visit the Walton Options website.
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