DRN WIPA Program

The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN) has a Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program.  This program is part of the Ticket to Work Program that operates in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania. More information about WIPA programs in other areas can be found on Social Security’s website or choosework.net.

Our primary objective is to promote employment and enhance self-sufficiency.  The services are designed to help persons who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) due to a disability, who are at least age 14, but not yet full retirement age, and who are interested in employment.  Our services help persons to understand Social Security’s employment supports under the SSDI/SSI programs and all the work incentives available.  A summary of Social Security’s employment supports can be found in the Red Book.

The DRN WIPA Program helps persons develop a plan to achieve their employment goals by making informed choices about their options for training and work and by understanding how earnings affect their benefits.  Services are provided to eligible individuals and their support persons.  Services are completely voluntary, confidential, and free of charge.

WIPA services assist and educate eligible beneficiaries who want to know:

  • how work will affect their cash and health benefits
  • what work incentives are available
  • how to access appropriate Employment Networks
  • additional services/resources available to help reach your employment goal
  • how to obtain assistance with potential problems which employment may have upon their Federal, state and local benefits
  • the tools and knowledge to manage your own benefits

WIPA does not make any determinations about a beneficiary’s benefits. The Social Security Administration and the other agencies who administer the beneficiary’s benefits are the ones who make determinations.

 

DRN WIPA Program
Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (www.drnpa.org)
The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
1-800-692-7443 Ext. 309 (voice) • 215-789-2498 (TDD) • 215-558-5765 (fax)