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Area Work Incentives Coordinator (AWIC)

A great source of FREE assistance is to utilize Social Security's AWICs. These offices have a number of functions:
* Coordinate and/or conduct public outreach on work incentives in their local areas;
* Provide and/or coordinate and oversee training on SSA’s employment support programs for all personnel at local Social Security offices;
* Handle sensitive or high profile disability work-issue cases, if necessary; and
* Monitor the disability work-issue workloads in their respective areas.

The AWICs coordinate with the Work Incentives Liaisons in local offices, Public Affairs Specialists, the Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) Cadre members, Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Community Work Incentives Coordinators and other personnel to provide improved services and information on SSA’s employment support programs to beneficiaries with disabilities who want to start or keep working.
Social Security's Regional AWIC in Atlanta

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)

Another free source of information is known as a Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) project. A WIPA is a local organizations that has arranged with Social Security to provide information and planning services about work and work incentives to Social Security and SSI disability beneficiaries.

A WIPA can:
* Answer your questions about how part-time, full-time, or seasonal work would affect your individual disability benefits and other benefits you may receive from Federal, State, and local programs.
* Answer your questions about how work would affect your health care.
* Answer your questions about SSA work incentives and work incentives of other programs.
* Discuss your individual employment goals, including possible barriers and the resources or services you would need to overcome any barriers. A WIPA can also help you find those resources and services.
* Help you plan how to use work incentives or other benefits for a successful return to work.
* Help you work with your local Social Security office to put in place the work incentives that you need.
* Help you use your Ticket to Work and find and Employment Network that is right for you.

To find the WIPA project nearest to you, check out the list at right.


Florida's WIPAs

Abilities, Inc. of Florida
2735 Whitney Road, Clearwater, FL 33758
727-538-7370 ext. 365
Serving the counties of—Citrus, De Soto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Levy, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Sumter.

Brevard Achievement Center, Inc.
1845 Cogswell Street, Rockledge, FL 32955
321-632-8610; 800-467-4486 (Flagler & Volusia Co.)
888-310-6525 (Brevard & Indian Co)
321-632-8610 TTY
Serving the counties of—Brevard, Flagler, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Lucie, and Volusia.

Center for Independent Living in Central Florida
720 N. Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789
407-623-1070; 877-891-6448 (Toll Free)
407-623-1185 TTY; 407-623-1390 FAX
Serving the counties of—Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Miami-Dade, and Monroe.

Goodwill Industries of North Florida, Inc.
4527 Lenox Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205
352-335-1311; 877-346-3349 (Toll Free)
Serving the counties of—Alachua, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Columbia, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gilchrist, Gulf, Holmes, Lafayette, Liberty, Marion, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Walton, and Washington.

Independent Living Resource Center of NE Florida, Opportunity Development Inc.
2709 Art Museum Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Serving the counties of—Baker, Clay, Duval, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Madison, Nassau, Wakulla, and St. John's.

Going to Work: A Guide to Social Security Benefits and Employment for Young People with Disabilities

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