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November 15, 2013
Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Developmental Disability Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1963.
The Developmental Disabilities Act, as it came to be known, was a landmark. For the first time, people with disabilities had access to services that could help them rejoin their communities instead of being confined to institutions. Over the last half-century, the law has helped revitalize the lives of countless Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Today at 1:00 PM ET the White House will honor the law’s 50th anniversary with an event you can watch live at www.whitehouse.gov/live. The event will highlight the accomplishments of the past fifty years, examine current challenges, and look ahead to the future of disability policy. Speakers from the Obama Administration and representatives from a number of disability organizations will attend.
The Ticket to Work Program is one of many services today that assist people with disabilities on their journey to independence, just as the Developmental Disabilities Act did fifty years ago. To learn more about employment assistance from the Ticket to Work program, explore our website, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY). We’ll be happy to discuss your options!
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November 19, 2013
November is “National Family Caregivers Month,” recognizing those who support people with disabilities or elderly people in their families. This year, the theme is “Family Caregivers – Now More Than Ever!”
According to the Caregiver Action Network, 39% of adult Americans are caring for a loved one who is sick or has a disability, which is an increase from 30% in 2010. As the number of family caregivers increases each year, it is important to take time to recognize and support our caregivers. If you know a person who serves that role to another, we encourage you to take time to say “thank you” in a special way this month. Caregivers can be an important part of a Ticket to Work participant’s employment team, providing support at home that helps ensure success at work.
This month reminds us that people who give of their time and talent to help others may also need care themselves. Visit these websites for more information and support resources:
Also, check out the Disability.gov Disability Connection: 10 Things You Need to Know about Caregiving post.
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November 18, 2013
If you’ve used your Ticket, found a job, are keeping a budget and have started to save a little, you might still have questions about saving limits. In this post, we will share some ways you can manage your cash and benefits while saving.
The Saving Limit
If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you should make sure you are aware whether your total resources (for example, the total of your cash, checking and savings accounts, or stocks, bonds or IRAs) are within the program guidelines so that you can anticipate any changes to your cash benefits and avoid overpayments.
For example, if you receive SSI, the total for your countable resources cannot be more than $2,000 for an individual. You can own a home and one car for essential transportation, and the value of these items is not counted against the $2,000 resource limit. The limit is $3,000 for a couple. Remember, if you exceed cash benefit limits, your cash benefits will stop.
Certain assets are not counted when Social Security determines financial eligibility for SSI or your state determines financial eligibility for Medical Assistance. For a complete list of assets that are not counted, go to: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/textresources-ussi.htm.
Ways to Save and Receive Benefits
There are ways to save money while you are collecting benefits and trying work. In past posts we shared information about Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS), and an Individual Development Account (IDA). Today we are sharing another option, a Special Needs Trust.
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November 8, 2013
During the month of November, we take time to honor Veterans. Earlier this year, the Ticket to Work program provided an information series for Veterans about helping overcome financial, employment and health challenges after completing service. In case you missed them, we’ve listed links to the informational series below:
Post-traumatic stress (PTSD) – Learn more about the signs and symptoms of this disorder. Also, find support and resources for Veterans and people who suffer from PTSD.
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November 5, 2013
As you may know, this month was National Disability Employment Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task.” In recognition of this campaign, our newest Ticket Talk episode explores the evolving landscape of technological innovations that are empowering and enabling people with disabilities by maximizing their independence, productivity, and participation.
This podcast episode highlights the expansive influence of the internet; how it has changed the way societies communicate, collaborate, advocate and educate. For people with disabilities, this evolution has unique potential, as it reduces the health digital gap and addresses physical barriers, judgment or stigma. This episode also provides insight into smart phone applications that can act as assistive technology for communications and learning as well as resources for technology training and accommodations.
Check out the podcast or read the transcript.
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November 4, 2013
Work can be rewarding. For people with disabilities, returning to work or trying work for the first time can lead to more money and a more fulfilling life. Through work, many people meet their career and financial goals.
With the Ticket to Work program and Work Incentives you may discover a new career or return to a previous one to earn more money than receiving benefits. The program offers services and supports to guide you on your path to financial independence.
What does financial independence mean for people receiving disabilities?
Financial independence can mean being able to support yourself to meet your wants and needs with money that you earn from a job
It means being able to make choices and have options about what you buy, where you live, and what you do with your free time
It means not being limited by Social Security disability benefits and working your way off of cash benefits whenever possible
Learn what financial independence means to Lisa, Rob and Michelle, some of our Ticket to Work Success Stories who used the Ticket to Work program and Work Incentives to return to work or find a new job!
Think about how it would feel to have more money and get paid to do what you love. Through work, you can meet new people, learn new skills and contribute in meaningful ways.
Having more money from working can help you meet your career and personal goals, not to mention help reduce some stress. Check out some past Money Monday posts to help you get started on managing your money.
Money Mondays: Setting up a Bank Account
Money Mondays: Start Saving With Your New Bank Account
Money Mondays: Creating a Budget Today to Improve Your Tomorrow
Money Mondays: Know Your Credit
Read more money savings tips and financial wellness at #MoneyMondays!
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November 1, 2013
Throughout the month, in-person and virtual career fairs are taking place around the country. If you are looking for work, a career fair gives you an opportunity to get connected with employers who are currently hiring and talk directly with their recruiters. Additionally, virtual career fairs offer a unique opportunity for you to engage in real time from the comfort of your own home with employers who are ready to hire!
Below is a list of fairs occurring in November. Register today!
Veteran Recruiting (Virtual)
Veteran Recruiting is dedicated to serving the military community, including those with disabilities, by providing access to industry-leading employers through virtual career fairs and live video interviewing services. This event is exclusively for active, guard/reservists, Veterans and military spouses. You will connect with potential employers to explore a wide range of jobs available to you. Research employers, visit employer booths, chat with recruiters, and browse available jobs…all from your home computer!
Hiring our Heroes for Veterans (In-person)
Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, helps Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 560 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Through March 31, 2013, 20,200 Veterans and military spouses had obtained jobs.
November 1, 2013
Join us Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 3:00 PM, EST
If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need to transition to financial independence.
The November 20 national WISE webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you! Disability benefits experts will teach you about:
Ticket to Work
Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Projects
Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)
Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. Registration information will also be available online the day of the webinar.
Immediately following this webinar, log on for our Facebook Question and Answer Session and receive expert answers to your questions about Ticket to Work!
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