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Ticket Talk Podcast Series Highlights

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The Ticket Talk podcast series shares interviews with disability employment experts and service providers, “Where Are They Now” follow-ups with our success stories participants, information about Social Security Work Incentives and answers to frequently asked questions about working and disability benefits.

In case you missed these episodes, this month we are highlighting our most popular podcast episodes on self-employment, Section 503 regulations, protection and advocacy, and Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) projects. 


To learn more about Ticket Talk, you may want to listen to our first podcast episode titled, The Ticket to Work Program May be Right for You! featuring former Social Security Associate Commissioner Bob Williams.  

Download Ticket Talk to your smartphone or tablet and take it on the go or stream it from your home computer. If you do not use a smartphone or tablet, you can read the podcast transcript. Ticket Talk will soon be available on iTunes too! Be sure to sign up for email updates to be notified of this new option. You can find all Ticket Talk episodes on the Choose Work Blog in the category Ticket Talk Podcasts.

If you have an idea or a topic you would like to hear more about in an upcoming podcast, please share it in the comments below.

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New Revised Regulations Create a Brighter Future for You

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In our latest Ticket Talk episode, we share information about an updated law, Section 503, which can support you on your journey to financial independence.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 has supported people with disabilities for more than 40 years by offering services, promoting awareness, and providing fair opportunities for people with disabilities. The newly revised Section 503 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against people with disabilities and requires employers to take affirmative action in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting and retaining people with disabilities.

These new rules are expected to create more employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Are you wondering how these changes can affect you?  In our Ticket Talk podcast, we’ve highlighted a few facts about the new regulations that every Social Security disability beneficiary who is exploring their work options should know. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript to learn what you need to know regarding these changes in Section 503.

Subscribe to Ticket Talk Podcasts for interviews with program and disability experts, success stories from real beneficiaries, and program news and updates!

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New Ticket Talk Podcast: Where Are they Now?

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Catching up with Success Story participant Rob McClain

Ticket to Work Success Stories highlight the achievements of real people who found a path to a better future with help from Social Security’s Ticket to Work program. On our latest Ticket Talk episode, we catch up with Success Story participant, Rob McClain, whose story was featured in July 2013.

Listen to this podcast or read the transcript. You can also watch or read Rob's full success story to learn more about his journey.   

Rob received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) due to kidney failure and related health complications. Before his disability interfered with his ability to work, Rob ran a towing and trucking company in his hometown in Wisconsin. While receiving disability benefits, he earned a college degree and decided that participating in the Ticket to Work program could help him achieve his employment goals. After recovering from a kidney transplant, in 2011, Rob wanted to return to work.

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Ticket to Work's Top Reasons to Consider Self-Employment

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Have you ever considered working for yourself? Do you have a passion for entrepreneurship? Self-employment may be an option that can put you on the path to financial independence.  In our latest Ticket Talk podcast, we share some reasons to try self-employment as a work option. Entrepreneurship is a way to both be your own boss and become financially independent.

There are many reasons to try self-employment. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript to learn about why you may want to consider it. Self-employment can be rewarding. Decide whether working for yourself is right for you.

To hear more about why self-employment may be the way to achieve your work goals, you may also want to check out our recent webinar, “Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work: Achieving Financial Independence.” This link takes you to a recorded webinar with audio and closed captions.

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A New Ticket Talk Podcast Episode: Protection and Advocacy for You!

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Would you like to have a better understanding of your rights as a Social Security beneficiary? Do you think you may have been discriminated against because of your disability? Do you want to know how you can go about requesting reasonable accommodations to help you function more effectively on the job? In our newest Ticket Talk episode, we spoke with the Director of a Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security organization who answered some of those questions!

The Protection & Advocacy (P&A) network is the nation's largest provider of legal and advocacy services for people with disabilities. Social Security's P&A Program, known as Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS), serves Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who want to work. PABSS organizations are responsible for protecting the legal rights of Social Security disability beneficiaries by providing information, advocacy, legal representation, and other support services.

This podcast features Lillie Lowe-Reid, PABSS Director of Disability Rights New Jersey. As a PABSS advocate, she represents eligible beneficiaries to remove barriers hindering successful employment. Lowe-Reid explains the advocacy and support that individuals with a disability may need to secure, retain or re-gain employment.  Some of these services may include vocational rehabilitation, requesting reasonable accommodations, support navigating other related organizations and services to support their efforts to work and protect their rights. You will also hear some common questions asked by other beneficiaries and a few real-life cases from Disability Rights New Jersey.

If you receive disability benefits and you want to work, or you feel like you may have been discriminated against or need assistance with accommodations, listening to this episode may help answer your questions so you may start on the road to financial independence. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

Ticket to Work helps people with disabilities transition from benefits to employment. For more information on Ticket to Work, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work or call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1- 866-833-2967 (TTY).

Subscribe to Ticket Talk Podcasts for interviews with program and disability experts, success stories from real beneficiaries, and program news and updates!

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A New Ticket Talk Podcast Episode: A Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Projects Working for You!

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Do you need to better understand your Social Security disability benefits? Are you uncertain what will happen to those benefits if you start working again? On our newest Ticket Talk episode, we spoke with a Community Work Incentives Coordinator who can help you answer those questions!

This podcast features Angie Hoffman, who provides one-on-one counseling on disability benefits at the Brevard Achievement Center in Rockledge, Florida. Brevard Achievement Center is a Work Incentives Planning and Assistance, or WIPA, project. WIPA projects are community-based organizations that help disability beneficiaries make informed choices about work, and they help working beneficiaries make a successful transition to financial independence. Each WIPA project has a Community Work Incentives Coordinator like Angie, who advises beneficiaries one-on-one about benefits and the effect of work on those benefits. For example, Angie tells us how she helps beneficiaries create a plan that incorporates their current benefits and their work goals.

Angie explains how you can access a WIPA project near you. And she describes how WIPA projects work together with other service providers, such as Employment Networks to support the employment goals of disability beneficiaries who want to work.

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Ticket Talk Podcast: Anupa Iyer Discusses Mental Health and Youth In Transition

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On our newest Ticket Talk episode, we speak with Anupa Iyer, a young woman who experienced tremendous challenges associated with her mental illness during college and after transitioning to the workforce.

“Work and school helped me recreate my life. With each passing day, I shed my identity as a patient and rebuilt myself as a student, advocate and future attorney.”

Anupa Iyer

This podcast follows Anupa’s journey from school through employment and institutions to the front lines of advocacy for people with disabilities. Anupa discovered her disability as a college student, but her symptoms worsened over time. This resulted in her spending time in institutions and on medications that made it difficult for her to function.. Work helped Anupa rebuild her life and her confidence, and enabled her to reintegrate into the community. While it took eight years before she was ready to share her story, her challenges with mental illness have helped to shape her career.

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Ticket Talk Podcast: Technological Advancements: Empowering and Enabling People with Disabilities

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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.

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