California’s protection & advocacy system

For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA

or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.

Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA)

Disability Rights California’s WIPA Project offers free individualized work incentives counseling to eligible individuals who reside in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Valley Counties.

Eligibility for our Services

Individuals with disabilities ages 14 and have not yet reached retirement age, and are currently receiving benefits based on a disability:

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or
  • Childhood Disability Beneifts (CDB), or
  • Disabled Widow(er) Benefits (DWB), or
  • Cash benefits have been suspended recently due to earned income

  • And meet one of the following criteria:

  • Currently working or self-employed, or
  • Looking for work, or
  • Decided to pursue employment.

If you meet our eligibility criteria, WIPA can empower you with the knowledge you need take the next step toward your employment goal.

Several public benefits have work incentives which encourage employment. These work incentives can be confusing or difficult to understand. WIPA can help you understand these work incentives.

The goal of the WIPA Project is to enable beneficiaries with disabilities to make an informed choice about work. Informed choice means knowing all of your options so you can take the next step toward your employment goal. 

To contact a Community Work Incentives Coordinator call (888) 768-7058 in San Diego, Riverside or Imperial Counties. For other county WIPA Projects please locate your local project at

If you are not yet ready to go to work and want general information about the work rules, please call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1(866) 968-7842 from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Although Social Security reviewed this document for accuracy, it does not constitute an official Social Security communication.

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Transition-Age Youth and Social Security – Age 18 Re-Determination (pdf) (rtf) (Pub #5598.01)

Transition-Age Youth and Social Security – The Student Earned Income Exclusion (pdf) (rtf) (Pub #5599.01)


Other Helpful links

Social Security 2016 Red Book

Disability Benefits 101

Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work (ASL)