Amy Thomson

Outreach Specialist
Outreach Specialist
Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute
College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences

Phone: 608-266-1164

Brief Biography

Amy earned her Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from UW-Madison. She has practiced work incentive benefits planning for over 15 years, and was a benefits specialist trainer in a previous position. She is currently an Outreach Specialist/Employment Policy Analyst with the Employment Initiatives team and UW-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute based at the Department of Health Services, with a focus on work incentive benefits planning and employment for people with disabilities. She is currently working on the SSDI Benefits Offset National Demonstration or BOND and focusing on outreach and recruitment for the Promoting the Readiness Of Minors in Supplement Security Income or PROMISE grant. She also is on the board of the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association and chair of the peer review committee of the Work Incentive Benefits Specialist Association. She has been the WRA secretary since 2009.

Research Interests: Improving employment for people with disabilities and financial literacy

Professional Interests: Employment, work incentives benefits services, financial literacy


Coordinate and track outreach statewide for Wisconsin PROMISE a program for youth with disabilities and assist with recruitment.


    • MS Rehablitation Counseling
      WI, United States, 1999
    • BS Psychology
      UW-La Crosse
      WI, United States, 1997


    Oral Presentation

    • Anderson, C. A., Liddicoat, T., Thomson, A., & Lannan, T. (March, 2008). The Emerging Profession of Benefits Counseling: State and National Perspectives. CARF Annual Employment and Community Services Conference, Tucson, AZ.

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Benefits Work Incentive Specialists (NABWIS)
  • Work Incentive Benefits Specialist Assocation (WIBSA)
  • Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association (WRA)