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Ray Cebula


Ray Cebula spent a total of 23 years working with legal services and protection and advocacy programs, before joining the faculty of the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University, providing direct representation to disabled individuals having legal issues with the Social Security Administration. He began working with the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow. After returning to his home state of Massachusetts he worked with the Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Services Corporation, serving as the Supervising Attorney of the Disability Benefits and Medicare units, until joining the staff of the Disability Law Center in 1987. While at the Law Center his duties included providing technical assistance and training to Massachusetts advocates and attorneys as well as engaging in impact litigation against the Social Security Administration.

Over time he became a specialist in post-entitlement and return to work issues. He has written extensively on both topics and has provided training to local and national organizations. It was this aspect of his work that developed into a contractual relationship with the Work Incentive Support Center at Cornell University's ILR School. He became part of the Work Incentive Support team in 2000, and began providing technical assistance, training and advice to attorneys and legal advocates in the 16 states and territories associated with the WISC. In January of 2005, Ray was brought on staff at Cornell and continues to provide training and technical assistance concerning work incentive programming. Ray also serves as the primary instructor and developer of ediONLINE; the Institute's distance learning program for benefits planners and others interested in learning about the Social Security disability programs and work incentives. Ray is a technical assistance liaison and trainer for the VCU National Training and Data Center.