Individuals with Disabilities - Frequently Asked Questions
I would like to go to work, but I am receiving SSI Benefits. How will getting a job affect my Social Security Benefits?
|The Work Incentive Planning Project (WIPA) at the Valley Association for Independent Living offers up to date information on benefits counseling, and assistance to SSI/SSDI recipients who want to work. This project is designed to enhance the employability, employment, self-sufficiency, and career advancement of people with disabilities.
Please visit the Valley Association for Independent Living or call the McAllen Office at 956-668-8245 and ask to speak with your Community Work Incentive Coordinator.
I have recently become disabled and cannot do the work I had been doing in the past. Where can I get assistance and support to overcome my barriers to employment and return to work?
|Information about financial assistance for persons with disabilities preparing for entry or re-entry into the workforce is available at your local Workforce Solutions Career Center.
Information is also available at the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS);
Go to www.dars.state.tx.us, or call 1-800-628-5115
For a complete list of the DARS offices in the Rio Grande Valley, click here.
What can I do if I think my employer or supervisor is discriminating against me because of my disability?
|The office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has a helpful fact sheet, http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/rights.htm, that summarizes federal laws that prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities and provides contact information for further information and assistance. |
Is there anything that my employer must provide to help me do my job and accommodate my disability?
|The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability related nondiscrimination laws have specific requirements regarding reasonable accommodations. Visit The Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Job Accommodation Network (JAN) online, for a wealth of information on accommodations for both employers and employees. Or you may call their toll free number at 1-800-735-2989 (TDD) and 1-800-735-2988 (Voice).
Auxiliary Aids and Services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Equal Employment Opportunity Employer/Program. Deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired customers may contact Relay Texas: 1 (800) 735-2989 (TDD) and 711 (Voice)