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I Have Disabilities and I Want to Work: Benefits Advisors

Authored By: Northwest Justice Project LSC Funded

This publication is for people who live in Washington state, have Social Security disability-based benefits, Medicare, SSI-related Medicaid or long term care services, or other disability based benefits and want to work. Publication #7408EN


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Should I read this?

Yes, if all these are true:

  • You live in Washington state.
  • You have Social Security disability-based benefits, Medicare, SSI-related Medicaid or long-term care services, or other disability-based benefits.
  • You want to work.

What is a benefits advisor?

Social Security and other programs have trained advisors to give expert advice on your benefits so you do not do something to put them at risk.

How do I find a benefits advisor?

The list attached is the last publicly available version of this list. For an updated list, contact Technical Assistance at the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE). Their website is www.gowise.org.

Some programs are available only for specific groups. These are the program categories:

  • You have a developmental disability.

  • You get SSI or SSDI.

  • You are a client of the Department of Services for the Blind.

  • You use a behavioral health specialist.

  • A few other categories.

*The Social Security Administration funds Community Work Incentives Coordinators. You can use one of them if there is no other category that describes you or is not as appropriate.



This publication provides general information concerning your rights and responsibilities. It is not intended as a substitute for specific legal advice.
This information is current as of September 2017.

© 2017 Northwest Justice Project — 1-888-201-1014.

(Permission for copying and distribution granted to the Alliance for Equal Justice and to individuals for non-commercial purposes only.)

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Last Review and Update: Sep 22, 2017