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WorkWORLDTM is decision support software for personal computers that is designed to be used by people with disabilities, advocates, benefit counselors, and others. The software helps people find employment-based paths to higher net income through the best use of Federal and State work incentives and benefits. WorkWORLD takes into account the complex interaction of earnings, benefit programs, and work incentives to provide individualized recommendations for safe options as well as alerts to possible problems. It calculates the effects on net income of trying different paths to independence, and provides text, numeric, and graphic results.

The Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) serves as the lead agency for WorkWORLDTM in Virginia, and collaborated with the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI), Department of Education (DOE), Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services (DBHDS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide the funds required for keeping WorkWORLDTM updated and delivered at no cost to state residents. These agencies value WorkWORLDTM software because it helps people overcome their fears of losing benefits if they earn higher wages.

In addition to funding free WorkWORLDTM updates, DRS and DMAS also supported customization of the WorkWORLDTM Help/Information System with Virginia program and policy information. Additional enhancement and customization of WorkWORLDTM incorporated TANF calculations and expanded Medicaid-related calculations and Text Results in the software. DRS also sponsors WorkWORLDTM training seminars and dissemination activities for consumers, staff, benefits planners and employment support vendors.

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