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2017 Red Book (US Social Security Administration): A Summary Guide to Employment Supports for Persons with Disabilities under the SSDI and SSI Programs

One of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) highest priorities is to support the efforts of disabled beneficiaries who want to work by developing policies and services to help them reach their employment goal. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs include a number of employment support provisions commonly referred to as work incentives. The Red Book is a general reference tool designed to provide a working knowledge of these provisions.

Click here for the English version of the Red Book. Click here for the Spanish version of the Red Book.


Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

VR promotes employment and independence for people with disabilities through customer partnership and community leadership.

  • Phone: 800-689-9090
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
  • Employment First

    Employment First focuses on states and programs align to emphasize the importance of employment services focusing on “ability” versus “disability.”

  • Phone: 919-715-2774
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
  • NC Client Assistance Program (CAP)

    The NC Client Assistance Program (CAP) provides assistance and advocacy for several programs that were created under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related to employment and independent living.

  • Phone: 919-855-3600, 1-800-215-7227 (Toll Free)
  • Location: 805 Ruggles Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
  • North Carolina Assistive Technology Program

    NCATP is a state and federally funded program that provides assistive technology services statewide to people of all ages and abilities.

  • Location: Raleigh, NC
  • Project SEARCH

    Project SEARCH is a high school or young adult transition initiative which is a business-led, one-year, school-to-work program that combines classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training through strategically designed internships for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD).

    As of May 5, 2021, here is a list of the current sites in North Carolina.

    • Alamance Regional Medical Center
    • Atrium Health Pineville (changing to Novant Health- Huntersville)
    • Carolinas Health – Mercy
    • Carolinas Health – Union
    • Durham Regional Hospital
    • Embassy Suites – Cary/RDU
    • Mission Health (changing to AB Tech)
    • Moses Cone Hospital
    • Novant Health – Brunswick
    • UNC Adams School of Dentistry
    • Vidant Medical Center – Greenville
    • Wake Forest Baptist Health – High Point
    • Southwestern Community College

    Watch for new sites coming soon in North Carolina.

    Questions? Contact Kristy Brinson, Project SEACH State Coordinator for North Carolina

    [email protected] 

  • Phone: Office: 919-855-3529, Mobile: 910-271-2878
  • The Arc of North Carolina

    The Arc of North Carolina is committed to securing for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work and play.

  • Phone: Asheville office: 828-254-4771, Charlotte office: 704-568-0112, Raleigh office: 919-782-4632, Wilmington office: 910-791-9022, Housing Division: Greensboro office: 336-273-4404
  • Location: 343 E Six Forks Rd. Suite 320, Raleigh, NC 27609
  • The North Carolina Association for Persons in Supported Employment

    NC APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

  • Phone: 919-368-1463
  • Location: Charlotte, NC
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Local Offices

    Find a local VR office in your hometown to get resources on employment opportunities.

  • Location: Statewide
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