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Disability Benefit Specialists

What is a disability benefit specialist?

Disability benefit specialists (DBS) help answer questions and solve problems related to Social Security, Medicare, health insurance, and other public and private benefits for people with disabilities.   

They serve people ages 18-59 who have a disability.  Services are free and confidential. Similar services are available to people age 60 or older through the Elder Benefit Specialist program

See a video in American Sign Language about disability benefit specialists. (Duration: 5 min.)

Program brochures are available in English (PDF, 96 KB), Hmong (PDF, 159 KB) and Spanish (PDF, 110 KB).

Program statistics are available for 2011 through 2013.  

Where can I find a disability benefit specialist?

Aging and Disability Resource Centers offer DBS services in every county in Wisconsin.  Find a benefit specialist in your county of residence.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind and need help with your benefits, you may choose to contact the Deaf Disability Benefit Specialist at the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 

Enrolled tribal members who live on or near a reservation in Wisconsin may opt to work with a tribal benefit specialist.

Questions about how working might affect your disability benefits? Contact a work incentives benefit specialist (exit DHS).

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Last Revised: March 17, 2014