I am a New Yorker with a disability, and I want to:
Transition from school to work

If you have a child receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and looking for a job, you must know how work will affect their benefits. In addition to the usual SSI incentives for individuals with disabilities, who return to work, the Social Security Administration has a phenomenal work incentive entitled the student earned income exclusion. This incentive provides that If an individual is under age 22 and regularly attending school, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program will not count up to $1,640 of earned income per month when SSI calculates the payment amount. The maximum yearly exclusion is $6,600. These amounts are for the year 2010. They are adjusted each year based on the cost-of-living. There is an excellent At A Glance on this topic.

What if I Still Have More Questions About How My Child's Benefits will be Impacted by Going to Work?

If you have any questions about how your child's benefits will be impacted by going to work, you can contact specialists to assist you toll-free at 1-888-224-3272 VOICE, 1-877-671-6844 TDD. The hotline is available during business hours Monday through Friday, except on holidays. Every effort will be made to return calls the same day or within one business day.

SSA has also contracted with local organizations to provide work incentive and planning services for Social Security SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. The Work Incentive Planning Assistance (WIPA) agencies have people who have been specially trained to help individuals with disabilities considering returning to work or returning to work. You can get a list of the WIPA's in New York at: https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/oesp/providers.nsf/bystate

Additionally, a Work Incentives Information Network exists within New York State. Credentialed benefits practitioners are available to support you in making choices about work. You can access a directory of these practitioners online at .

Finally, SSA has contracted with Employment Networks to assist individuals who are seeking employment find employment at no cost to the SSDI or SSI recipient. If you want more thorough information on Employment Networks, we have produced a Self-Help Guide entitled Choosing an Employment Network PDF (440 KB)  |  TEXT (8 KB).


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New York State Office of Mental Health Burton Blatt Institute K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Employment and Disability Institute