Looking for a job when you have a disability can be intimidating and challenging especially if you are at the beginning of your career, have been out of the workforce for a long period of time or during this tough job market. Going to work, having a career, and earning a decent living is possible.
On December 14, 2011, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathleen Martinez hosted a major milestone for the Department of Labor – The 10th Anniversary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Fall 2011 marked a decade since Congress established ODEP, which created, for the first time, an office with a permanent focus on people with disabilities and their integration into the 21st Century workforce.
The event was held in Washington, D.C., with featured speakers and guests including ODEP founders, Anthony Coelho and Rebecca Ogle, as well as United States Senator, Tom Harkin of Iowa and Congressman Steny H. Hoyerof Maryland. The event was also accompanied by other prominent government, disability and employer community leaders, who joined Secretary Solis and Assistant Secretary Martinez in reflecting upon ten years of ODEP's work and accomplishments. To learn more, check out the agenda, event speakers, and ODEP’s milestones!
On Wednesday, December 21st at 4:30 PM EST, Social Security will host a LIVE Facebook Q&A chat with Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts. It will be held immediately after the National WISE Webinar. We encourage you to sign up for the Webinar and then join us on Facebook to continue the discussion of how Ticket to Work and Work Incentives can help you find good jobs, good careers and a better self-supporting future.
Social Security’s Office of Employment Support Programs (OESP) is hosting two listening sessions to gain input about a proposed revision of the Ticket to Work EN Report Card. OESP is committed to improving the EN Report Card and invites ideas and comments from:
People who have an interest in the rules we use to administer the Ticket to Work (TTW) program, apply for or receive disability benefits or SSI payments,
As a former TASH Board member and officer, Bob Williams knows that TASH has always been a strong ally of children, adults, and older Americans with the most significant disabilities through the very best and worst of times. Born with cerebral palsy, Williams has had a long, public service career and is a recognized expert on issues affecting the health, independence, employment, and economic well-being of people with disabilities.
Since spring of 2011, Bob Williams has served as the Associate Commissioner for employment support at the Social Security Administration. His office leads Ticket to Work, a nationwide employment program to assist individuals ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to become more financially secure, and fully self-sufficient.
Williams seized this year's 2011 TASH conference theme: "No Excuses: Creating Opportunities in Challenging Times,” to remind attendees that no child should have to wait to be educated alongside their neighborhood friends. Williams declared that no one should have to wait to live a real life or work in a real job for real wages until our nation’s economy gets better.
To access Bob Williams’ full message to the 2011 TASH conference attendees, watch below or the video on our Choose Work YouTube channel.
Todaywe are introducing a new blog series, You Can Work. Created to encourage and inspire, the blog series highlights the achievements of beneficiaries who have used their ticket to gain financial independence, and build a self-supporting future. We first spotlight Megan Riggs, a 27-year-old Ticket to Work beneficiary who enjoys reading, ballroom dancing, and her new job as a Document Control Specialist. Check out her video.
We hope the You Can Work stories will help you, too, overcome your fears and start building a self-supporting future. Visit the website for more Ticket to Work videos like Megan Riggs. As an on-going effort for Social Security, the Ticket to Work program will continue to regularly spotlight beneficiaries and offer new and inspirational success stories to the disability community.
When YOU are ready to change your life through work, try Ticket to Work. Explore www.choosework.net for more information about the program, email us at email@example.com, or call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD). Subscribe to the Choose Work blog today and let us help you throughout your journey to employment and a better, self-supporting future. You’ll receive an alert each time we update the blog!