March 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pacific Summit Wellness Building
600 E Main St
Elma, WA 98541
Jenny Crook

WELN Social Security Benefits,

 Work Incentives, and Unpaid Work Experiences

March 11th & 12th, 2020

This WELN training is sponsored by Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, and Thurston Counties in collaboration with the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).

The goal of this two-day training is to inspire particpants to realize that work is important and achievable for people who experience disabilities. This training will further help participants understand that people with disabilities can work and retain essential benefits, allowing them to move toward greater financial gain from employment. As well as offer a deeper understanding of unpaid work experiences including how they can provide a powerful mechanism for discovering an individual’s strengths, skills and interests. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the differences in how income affects the two social security cash disability benefits programs (Title II and Title XVI)
  2. Have a basic understanding of an impairment related work expense and a plan for achieving self-support
  3. Gain a general knowledge of the rules for Medicaid vs. Medicare, and the associated cash benefits program for this framework
  4. Have a working description of how access to Medicaid may be essential in accessing employment services
  5. Gain the ability to list how, where and why benefits planning is accessed
  6. Recognize that other means-based programs can also be affected by increases in income
  7. The Federal and State Regulations related to unpaid work, volunteering and internships
  8. Key considerations and strategies to allow the individual an opportunity to learn about their interests, strengths and skills, and to build their portfolio and resume for paid work
  9. Stories and scenarios about how work experiences have been used well and poorly and how to avoid common pitfalls of the Volunteer Trap

The Washington Employment Learning Network (WELN) core employment series is a 4 part series for employment professionals to receive core competency training.  WELN is accredited by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). 

Find more information on ACRE here.


 The Trainers:

Susan Harrell, Wise, has worked with and on behalf of people with disabilities through direct service, service agency management and governmental and agency consulting since 1985, with a specific focus on employment as an essential component to assure community integration, financial stability and quality of life.  Susan specializes in the following consultation and training topics: Job Development; Job Coaching; Social Security and Medical Benefits; Work Incentives; Individual Resource Development; Person-Centered Planning; and Policies and Regulations Related to the Self-Sufficiency of Individuals with Disabilities.  Susan recently obtained a Certificate in Advanced Professional Development for Assistive Technology Application from California State University, Northridge.

Additional Information:

  • Coffee and boxed lunch will be provided each day 
  • In order to receive a certificate of completion for this training, attendees can miss no more than one hour total during this two-day event
  • If you need any additional accommodations please contact Jenny Crook, [email protected] at least 2 weeks prior to the event to allow for adequate scheduling time. 


Stay Beyond Inn & Suites

800 E. Main Street

Elma, WA  98541

(360) 482-6868


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