The Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) is a Social Security Administration research project created to help Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries return to work. BOND services are conducted at 10 sites throughout the United States. Erie 1 BOCES is the Enhanced Work Incentives Counselor (EWIC) for the Western New York BOND site. EWIC services provided by Erie 1 BOCES consist of benefits advisement (Federal, State, and County), employment readiness evaluations, preparation, and counseling for nearly 300, randomly selected, BOND participants under special project rules. Adding to the complexity of the project, the 300 participants were selected from 26 counties, form Buffalo to Syracuse, Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania boarder and all demographics.
For more information, please contact David Bowens, Assistant Project Manager, at 716-821-7517.