WIRC

New Hampshire's Online Destination for Information about Benefits
Planning and Work Incentives for Individuals with Disabilities

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After graduating from college I worked as a Digital Mapping Technician with a budget that plans for my $776 in SSDI to end.

Tabatha W.
Keene, NH

The Work Incentives Resource Center is maintained through a partnership with the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability, Granite State Independent Living, and the Granite State Employment Project.

Links

Links to other useful resources and organizations are provided in this section, organized by category. If you would like to recommend a new link, or find that one of the existing links has changed or no longer operates, send us a message.

Links from this site are provided to help people research various topics and do not constitute endorsements by Granite State Independent Living or the Institute on Disability.




Benefits Information



U.S. Government Benefits Planning Information

Disability.gov is a federal government web site that provides access to comprehensive information about disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits.

NH Governor’s Commission on Disability Benefits Information

The Governor’s Commission advises the state on disability issues, oversees implementation of the American’s with Disabilities Act, and provides information about programs and services, including benefits information.

Granite State Independent Living

GSIL is a statewide nonprofit, service, and advocacy organization that provides tools for living life on your terms – so you can navigate your own life and participate as fully as you choose in your community, just like everyone else. We have offices in Concord, Berlin, Keene, Littleton, Manchester, Nashua and Dover.

Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Plan)

US Department of Health and Human Services information about Medicare Part D



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Employment



Vocational Assessment and Career Planning

An information brief developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability

Work-Based Learning

Information about developing successful work-based learning sites for career education developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability

Job Seeker’s Toolkit

This is a free web-based instructional guide to searching and applying for jobs that is offered by the American Federation for the Blind, but is equally applicable to any job seeker. A login is required, but there is no cost.

LinkAbilities

This Nashua-based organization, one of 2 lead agencies for the Granite State Employment Project, maintains a website with information and resources about both employment for job seekers and employers.

Entrepreneurship

Information at disability.gov about self-employment.  (Select Employment then Self-Employment & Owning a Small Business)

The Road to Self-Sufficiency

Manual on Self-Employment for Youth with Disabilities developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability



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Transition



Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions

This Keene-based organization, one of 2 lead agencies for the Granite State Employment Project, maintains a website with information and resources about both employment and transition to adult life.

Transitioning Youth with Mental Health Needs to Meaningful Employment and Independent Living

Information brief developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability

Transition Planning: A Team Effort

Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it.  The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities offers this helpful information to help in Transition Planning.

Starting with Me: A Guide to Person-Centered Planning for Job Seekers

Information about person-centered career planning developed by the University of Massachusetts Institute for Community Inclusion



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Advocacy



Disabilities Rights Center

The DRC is New Hampshire’s protection and advocacy organization providing legal advocacy for individuals with disabilities, including difficulties with Social Security, Medicaid and other benefits through the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program.

NH Governor’s Commission on Disability Benefits Information

The Governor’s Commission advises the state on disability issues, oversees implementation of the American’s with Disabilities Act, and provides information about programs and services, including benefits information.

NH Client Assistance Program

A program of the Gov. Commission on Disability that assists individuals who have difficulties getting vocational rehabilitation services or complaints and VR services.



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Organizations



New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Includes the Division of Human Services, and the Division of Long-Term Care.

New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation

The state VR website with information explaining programs, services, and contact information for regional offices.

Social Security Administration

This site is a good place to start for information about Social Security’s disability benefits.

Click Here to access SSA's Disability Benefits Booklets in electronic format

Click Here to access the SSA’s administrative rules and policies The public version of the Program Operations Manual systems (POMS) is a primary source of information used by Social Security employees to process claims for Social Security benefits.



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Other Useful Links



Federal Tax Highlights for Individuals with Disabilities

This IRS publication describes the various tax credits and deductions that apply to taxpayers with disabilities.

Guideposts for Success for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Corrections System

Information brief developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability.

Home Modifications to Promote Independent Living

This fact sheet from AARP explains home modifications and how they can increase accessibility and safety for older adults so they can stay in their homes. It also addresses common home modifications needed for older adults and how to get assistance to pay for them.

Social Security Redbook

The Social Security Redbook is a summary guide to employment supports for persons with disabilities under the social security disability insurance and supplemental security income programs.  CLICK HERE to learn what's new in 2015.

Social Security Work Site

The Social Security Work Site is a website devoted to information for individuals who are receiving disability benefits and want to return to work.

World Institute on Disability - EQUITY Newsletter

The mission of the World Institute on Disability (WID) in communities and nations worldwide is to eliminate barriers to full social integration and increase employment, economic security and health care for persons with disabilities. WID's EQUITY Newsletter provides the connection between the disability and asset building communities. If you are unfamiliar with asset building, EQUITY brings you articles that educate and inspire. For the seasoned asset building community member, EQUITY advises on how to better serve participants with disabilities. Each month, articles from leaders in the field, program administrators, and actual participants with disabilities challenge us to narrow the divide, mutually benefiting both communities. Also included: helpful tips, answers to your questions about disability issues, periodic federal policy updates, and valuable resources.