There is growing concern that Congress will not reauthorize funding for two important Social Security programs that directly affect those with disabilities who wish to work. These services are very important for SS Disability Beneficiaries aged 14-64 who are working or want to work.
The Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program helps beneficiaries understand their options for work. The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is the agency serving Lake and McHenry Counties. The program could end as soon as June 30, 2012 if funding is not authorized. This will harm the ability of disabled individuals to develop options for more independence and engagement.
The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program provides counseling and advocacy for working individuals who may need assistance in the workplace. Equip for Equality is the PABSS agency serving Lake and McHenry Counties. Services could end by September 30, 2012.
Concerned individuals are urged to contact their Congressional Representatives letting them know you support re-authorization.