WISA Network

Focusing on the empowerment, self-sufficiency, and
independence of individuals with disabilities.

About WISA

WHO WE ARE

Work Incentive Specialist Advocate (WISA’s) – WISA’s are individuals who have been certified to provide work incentive counseling services to DAR clients who are receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Virginia WISAs use WorkWORLD (WW), an online, Virginia specific program that provides accurate information on how an SSI/SSDI beneficiary’s financial circumstance will change once they go to work. Our credentialed WISA’s are certified by Cornell University ILR School Employment & Disability Institute. 

WHAT WE BELIEVE 

We believe that our personal and professional experiences enable us to provide a person-centered approach along with accurate information that focuses on the empowerment, self-sufficiency, and independence of individuals with disabilities who receive disability benefits and other public entitlements. Our goal is to help our clients make informed choices and decisions which will result in a decreased reliance on public benefits programs and thereby increasing their self-esteem and the financial well-being of our clients. In serving our clients, we prioritize the needs of our clients above all else, which is the epitome of the person-centered approach.

 

Certified DARS Vendor # 252134

 

WHAT CLIENTS CAN EXPECT

EDUCATION, INFORMATION & EMPOWERMENT

  • We meet and listen to the needs of the client and their family and carefully explain their benefits and work incentives in detail
  • Explain the definition of disability according to Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • Gather all information regarding benefits and other pertinent information
  • Explain the Ticket to Work Program
  • Explain Trial Work Period TWP/EPE
  • Explain What are IRWE’s and BWE’s
  • Subsidy and Special Conditions
  • Explain how a PASS accounts works
  • Explain what are Able Accounts
  • Provide a detailed Work Incentive Plan
  • Explain the Benefits Planning Query (BPQY)
  • Explain how employment impacts health insurance (Medicare)
  • Research support services & community resources and services
  • Provide a clear explanation of 1619 (b)
  • Inform the clients about 301 benefits

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Contact

Location

1712 Rokeby Ave.
Chesapeake, VA 23320

EMAIL US

info@wisanetwork.org

Call Us

(757) 572-0974