Our Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) services now cover all of Iowa and several counties in Northwestern Illinois!
- WIPA is a grant-funded program sponsored by the Social Security Administration.
- Disability Rights IOWA (DRI) staff members who provide WIPA services are called Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs). They focus on beneficiaries’ choices, future, and especially work goals.
Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) provide work incentives planning and assistance services to Social Security beneficiaries who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), who want to pursue gainful employment/self-employment or who are already employed or self-employed.
- If you have basic questions about how earnings may affect your Social Security disability benefits, start by calling the Ticket Helpline 1-866-968-7842.
- If you need services that are more detailed, the Ticket Helpline will refer you on to a CWIC that covers YOUR part of the state.
Northwestern Illinois Counties now served by Disability Rights Iowa:
Starting March 16, 2020 and until further notice, DRI staff have been encouraged to work from home. During this time while we are working remotely, we will continue to be available by email during regular work hours and will be checking voicemail and mail daily. Our staff will continue to participate in as many client meetings and appointments as possible using phone calls, conference calls and Zoom technology. If meetings are unable to be hosted through technology, we will work to reschedule after social distancing protocols have been lifted.
Please contact our office ahead of time if you need to make arrangements to deliver documents or speak with someone before coming to our office location, as staff will not be available to receive walk-in’s at the office.
DRI phone: 515/278-2502, ext. 12
Visit DRI’s new resource page https://disabilityrightsiowa.org/disability-justice-for-people-of-color/