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Benefits and Employment

Social Security Administration resources:

Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI)
Social Security Supplemental Security Income Benefits (SSI)

Spotlight on Student Earned Income Exclusion: This provision allows a person who is under age 22 and regularly attending school to exclude earnings from income.

Social Security Work Incentives- General Information
Social Security Administration, Red Book- A Guide to Work Incentives
The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Programs.
Social Security Administration, Ticket to Work Program
Everyone age 18 through 64 who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of his or her disability is eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work program.
Ticket to Work connects you with free employment services to help you decide if working
is right for you, prepare for work, find a job or maintain success while you are working. If
you choose to participate, you will receive services such as career counseling, vocational
rehabilitation, and job placement and training from authorized Ticket to Work service
providers, such as Employment Networks (EN) or your state Vocational Rehabilitation
(VR) agency. Here are some success stories about the Ticket to Work program
Myths regarding working with benefits flyer

Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA) Project
Provides free benefits counseling to Social Security disability beneficiaries to help you make informed choices about work. WIPA projects offer a range of services to help you understand your options if you choose to pursue work. WIPAs are staffed by Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) who provide in-depth counseling about working, earning more money, and how working may affect your benefits.

Local organizations that provide benefits counseling: Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICS) or Community Partner Work Incentive Coordinators

Walton Options for Independent Living
Able South Carolina

For more information about WIPA services, call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)
The PABSS Program helps people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and have a disability-related employment issue. PABSS advocates provide legal support, advocacy and information to assist beneficiaries to resolve employment-related concerns.

Contact your local PABSS project for more information.



American Job Center

ATTENTION Claimants: Don’t lose your benefits
The S.C. Legislature has changed the requirement for UI Benefits eligibility. Claimants now must make at least two (2) weekly job search contacts through SC Works Online Services at You must register with the site and sign on with your username and password for the search to be counted in our system.

If you do not conduct two searches through the SC Works Online System you will not receive payment for the week.

For more information, please visit and click on the Work Search banner.



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