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Virginia Resources

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) projects are organizations within your community authorized by Social Security to provide free benefits counseling to Social Security disability beneficiaries to help them make informed choices about work. WIPA projects are essential partners on the path to employment that can help you determine whether work is right for you and how work may impact your benefits. Once you begin working, WIPA projects can also provide information and support to help you make a successful transition to financial independence.

Endependence Center, Inc.

Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs (VA ACCSES)


Additional Resources

A Guide to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Groups and Organizations
This booklet explains the SSI program in an easy to follow manner. It is designed to help institutions, groups and organizations that have contact with potential or current SSI recipients.

Social Security: Benefits for Children with Disabilities
This booklet is for the parents, caregivers, or representatives of children younger than age 18 who have disabilities that might make them eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. This booklet will help you decide if your child, or a child you know, might be eligible for SSI or Social Security.

SSA Disability Benefits Issues Affecting Transition Age Youth
This document provides information on the importance of considering Social Security Disability Benefits in the transition planning process. Issues and strategies for success are explored.

SSI Spotlights
The SSI Spotlights are in-depth looks at some of the program rules referred to in the booklet, Understanding Supplemental Security Income. They are designed as handouts to help applicants through the process of applying for and receiving SSI benefits.

What You Need to Know When You Get SSI
This booklet explains some of your rights and responsibilities when you receive Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Saving for Post-Secondary Education: Strategies for Individuals with Disabilities Factsheet

There is a common misconception among individuals with disabilities, their families and the disability services provider community that saving for post-secondary education is not permitted under the Social Security disability benefit program rules.

Parent-to-Child Deeming Factsheet

When applying for or receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the eligibility and amount of payment for a child SSI recipient below the age of 18 is determined by considering the income and resources of parent(s) responsible for the child SSI recipient’s welfare.

Student Earned Income Exclusion Factsheet

The Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) is a work incentive that allows certain SSI recipients who are under age 22 and regularly attending school to exclude a specified amount of gross earned income per month up to a maximum annual exclusion.

SSI and Age-18 Redeterminations Factsheet

Passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (P.L. 104-193) in 1996 required that all Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who turn 18 years of age must have their eligibility reviewed as if they were applying for adult SSI for the first time, without consideration of previous disability determinations.

Student Earned Income Exclusion Calculation Sheet

Excel spreadsheet people can use to calculate the Student Earning Income Exclusion (SEIE). This is a special work incentive for SSI recipients under the age of 22.

Critical Transitions for Students on SSI who Reach their 18th Birthday: FAQs for Teachers

Developed for teachers to help them understand the SSI age-18 redetermination process.