November 28th - ASK an Expert: Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)


Noon - 1pm



Join Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) and ASK Resource Center as they discuss transition strategies and work incentives!

Attendees will be able to:

  • Know how to refer to the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) project for benefits planning services
  • Describe the two different Social Security disability benefit program
  • Identify work incentives with a transition focus


Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) is a grant-funded program from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that provides individualized benefits planning to beneficiaries who are:
• Receiving a Title II disability benefit, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Childhood Disability Benefit (CDB), and Disabled Widow/Widower’s Benefit (DWB), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) due to a disability,
• At least 14 years old but not yet reached full retirement age, AND
• Interested in, actively looking for, or already engaged in work through wage employment or self-employment.

The goal of the program is to improve employment outcomes and increase economic self-sufficiency for Social Security disability beneficiaries through their understanding of how employment can be an option for them. Disability Rights Iowa (DRI)’s WIPA project is staffed with Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) who are certified to provide benefits counseling to SSA disability beneficiaries in all 99 counties of Iowa and 34 counties of northwest Illinois. With 40 years of combined experience working with individuals with disabilities, Mistie Johnson, Tammy Crouch, and Jenny Lynes bring a varied and wide-ranging expertise in support of their clients’ employment journeys towards financial independence.