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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.



The mission at AboutAssistedLiving.org is to help people with disabilities and the elderly maximize their healthy years and age gracefully. There is an online database of tools, references, and articles that cover topics like available care options, financial support, and free resources that are available in every state. 

Alliance of Disability Advocates

Alliance and its staff help people with disabilities solve day-to-day problems that interfere with independent living. Alliance provides information and referral services, peer support, independent living training, community-based housing transition services and advocating for people with disabilities.

  • Phone: 919-833-1117
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
  • College for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators

    Researching and selecting a college that fits the needs can be daunting, but that challenge can be even greater when you’re a student with disabilities. However, that doesn’t mean your options are limited. As technology has advanced, so has accessibility for all students.

    Disability Partners

    Disability Partners provides independent living services, community education, advocacy and more for people with all types of disabilities.

  • Phone: 828-631-1167 (Sylva) or 828-298-1977 (Asheville)
  • Location: Sylva and Asheville, NC
  • Disability Rights North Carolina

    Disability Rights helps people across North Carolina gain access to services and opportunity through its legally based advocacy.

  • Phone: 919-856-2195
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
  • Joy A. Shabazz Center for Independent Living

    The Center provides advocacy, peer counseling and peer support, independent living skills training, information and referrals, with other related services for persons with disabilities.

  • Location: Greensboro, 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
  • NC Statewide Independent Living Council

    Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are consumer-controlled, community-based organizations that provide programs and services for people with disabilities and their families.  The goal of CILs is to promote and support opportunities for people with disabilities to fully participate in an integrated community and search for the possibilities to live as they choose.

  • Location: Statewide
  • Supported Living Guidebook/Resource Manual

    NCCDD’s Supported Living: Making the Difference initiative set out to demonstrate how individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) can live in a home of their choice in the community with certain supports. The initiative uncovered many of the challenges that individuals with varying levels of needs face in making a successful transition to living in their own home with support. Working with numerous community partners, Vaya Health compiled all of the learning experiences and lessons learned into this guidebook or resource manual titled “It’s My Home.”


    The Adaptables: Center for Independent Living

    The Adaptables encourages independent living for persons with disabilities and is committed to help individuals with disabilities become more fully integrated into society.

  • Phone: 336-767-7060
  • Location: Winston-Salem, NC
  • 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
  • Vote: It's Your Right

    A Know-Your-Rights Guide for Voters with Mental Disabilities and Advocates

    This guide explains the voting rights of people with mental disabilities. It also talks about unfair laws or policies which might restrict your right to vote and explains what you can do about them. This guide, which you are reading now, is written for people with mental disabilities—such as intellectual, developmental, or psychiatric disabilities--and their families in language that’s easy to understand.

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    This project was supported, in part by grant number 2001NCSCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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