Conducting a Successful WISE. Susan O’Mara. Virginia Commonwealth Univ WIPA National Training Center. WIPA is a NEW Service!. WIPA is NOT just the same old service with a new name – WIPA services represent an important paradigm shift! The new WIPA initiative is focused on 3 things:
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Virginia Commonwealth Univ
WIPA National Training Center
WIPA is NOT just the same old service with a new name – WIPA services represent an important paradigm shift!
The new WIPA initiative is focused on 3 things:
Promoting paid employment
Collaborating with key stakeholders to accomplish 1 and 2 above
Helping beneficiaries identify, select and/or clarify their career goals;
Helping beneficiaries determine what services, supports or accommodations may be necessary to achieve the desired career goal;
Explaining SSA’s Ticket to Work program and the array of vocational services & supports available to individuals with disabilities in the local service area;
Connecting beneficiaries with the specific services and supports needed to obtain and/or maintain paid employment; and
Assisting beneficiaries with disabilities to resolve problems related to work efforts, higher education, occupational skills training and work attainment or continuation of work.
To support the work efforts of beneficiaries, the WIPA initiative must be fully integrated with employment and support services in the community
CWIC's must be familiar with the employment services and resources in the community, and should partner and maintain strong working relationships with these agencies
WIPA programs are required to target their outreach activities toward beneficiaries who desire to work.
WIPA programs work closely with the PMRO in the delivery of outreach services.
WIPA programs should devote no more than 10% of their resources to outreach activities
Outreach is an ongoing, never-ending activity
WIPAs must carefully budget staff time to perform outreach
Work smart by doing research and developing a written outreach plan
Stay focused – outreach should result in appropriate referrals!
WISE events are the primary method for directly marketing WIPA services to beneficiaries
WISE events are key to jumpstarting and growing collaborative partnerships over time.
Mary Ridgely, M.S.
Day of Event
CESSI Ticket to Work