The National Association of Benefits and Work Incentive Specialists (NABWIS) announces its inauguration. We are the many and varied professionals providing assistance to individuals who receive disability benefits.
Because of the complex and numerous interactions between cash benefits, health care, and subsidies many individuals with disabilities are discouraged from working because they fear for their financial and health futures.
"I would love to try to work some but I'm afraid I would lose my health care and Social Security. The work incentives are just too complicated for me to understand."
In communities all across America, hundreds of benefits and work incentives specialists are trained to provide information and in-depth analysis to individuals currently receiving benefits so that those individuals can make informed choices about employment. Some practitioners are funded by the Social Security Administration, some of us work for state agencies, while others work in community rehabilitation programs. All of us are committed to seeing that people with disabilities get the highest quality information available to support choices regarding work and increased economic self-sufficiency. The profession of benefits and work incentives planning and assistance is a growing field -- taking its place as a critical employment support service for individuals who receive disability benefits.
As the profession of benefits and work incentives specialists matures, the creation of a national association to promote education, credentialing and a broad understanding of the field is a natural next step.
"What an exciting time to bring together work incentive and benefits specialists to take a leadership role in assuring that people with disabilities get the high quality information and analysis they desperately need to promote their own economic self sufficiency." Mary Ridgely
We are glad you stopped by this website. We hope that you will participate in NABWIS as we create an organization committed to excellence.
The organization of NABWIS consists of the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, and standing committees.
Ray Cebula, Chair
Email Ray for more information about the Membership Committee.
Jolene Wyler, Chair
Email Jolene for more information about the Governance Committee.
Molly Sullivan, Chair
Email Molly for more information about the Finance Committee