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Celebrating Presidents' Day: Honoring George H. W. Bush and the Signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act

In honor of Presidents’ Day, we wanted to acknowledge President George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States (1989 – 1993) for signing into law the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

The law was enacted by Congress in 1990 and was signed into law on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay services.

Over the last 23 years, the ADA has helped assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities of all ages and races. The ADA has had far-reaching ramifications: more students with disabilities are graduating from high school and college, and more Americans with disabilities are receiving the support they need to live and thrive in their communities. With the emergence of the Internet and other digital technologies, ADA requirements have helped provide people with disabilities with equal access to education, employment and many other facets of life through accessibility rules for software and devices.

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Subscribe for Ticket to Work's Interactive Email Series, "The Journey to Financial Independence"

Ticket to Work Email Campaign

Social Security’s Ticket to Work program is pleased to announce the launch of our email series called “The Journey to Financial Independence.”

This email series will provide information about how Ticket to Work can help you or someone you know achieve the goal of becoming financially independent through work. Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary service for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who are interested and able to work.

When you opt-in to participate, you will receive emails once every week or two. They will contain information and resources to help you on your journey to make more money and eventually eliminate your reliance on benefits. You will learn more about the Ticket to Work program and how to access resources that may be available to you.

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Start Your Job Search Today at a Career Fair!

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!

Veteran Recruiting (Online)

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!

Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs (In-person)

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National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: Ticket to Work: Free Support Services for People Who Have a Disability and Are Ready to Work

February 2014 WISE Webinar

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 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 February 26 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
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  • Where to find more information

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.

Questions?

Email us at support@chooseworkttw.net or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

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Digital Learning Day: Supporting Career Development Goals with Technology-Assisted Learning

On Wednesday, February 5, teachers and students will come together to celebrate the third annual Digital Learning Day. Organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education, the day’s events will recognize policies, innovative teaching and effective applications of technology that support teachers, improve learning, and helps every student achieve their highest potential.

Increased access to digital learning tools has enhanced education, learning and career development in numerous ways, especially for people with disabilities. For example, due to recent rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission, thousands of people who are deaf or visually impaired can now receive accessible communication devices so they can access the Internet to learn and work.

At Ticket to Work, technology-assisted learning helps us support the career development goals of people with disabilities who want to work. We use digital learning tools, like webinars, blogs and social media to help Social Security beneficiaries age 18 through 64 learn how Ticket to Work can help them on their journey to financial independence.

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Helping Young People with Disabilities Find Their Passion: Andraéa LaVant's Story

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The You Can Work series continues to spotlight the achievements of jobseekers with disabilities who found their path to a better future with help from Social Security’s Ticket to Work program. Our new Success Story features Andraéa LaVant, a mentor to teens and the Inclusion Specialist for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC). Andraéa knows first-hand what it is like to negotiate adolescence with a disability. As a young woman with muscular dystrophy who successfully navigated college and the workforce, Andraéa is a strong role model for the girls. She conveys the benefits of many valuable learning experiences through creative, engaging activities designed to set young people up for success.

At 30, Andraéa is young enough to remember the importance of establishing a sense of one’s identity early on. Too often, she notes, children can grow up defined by their disability. She helps teens create the self-awareness they will need to enjoy a future that includes fulfilling activity.

Andraéa manages Camp Starfish, a Girl Scout camp in Rockville, MD, where girls with developmental disabilities make friends and discover new experiences in a supportive environment. A week of fun activities that help campers identify the skills and interests which make them unique ends with a “Passion Show”, a showcase celebrating each child’s “passion.” Every girl that began a tentative walk down the makeshift runway finished with a palpable sense of empowerment.

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Money Mondays: Financial Wellness Resources from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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Are you ready to gain control of your finances but unsure where to start?

Everyone needs good advice regarding their personal finances, but for people with disabilities, the barriers to financial independence can be especially high. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may be able to help! The CFPB was founded in2011 to educate the public about managing personal finances, enforce laws governing banks, and compile information aimed at protecting consumers.

The CFPB is building a suite of resources designed to help you take control of your personal finances and get on the road to financial independence.

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The Top 10 Choose Work Blog Posts of 2013

As 2014 gets into full swing, we wanted to reflect on the past year and showcase our most popular blog posts of 2013.

The goal of the Choose Work Blog and our Money Mondays series is to provide you with information and resources to help you on your path to financial independence. We hope that you are finding our blog posts informative and useful!

In 2013, the blog saw tremendous growth. We published 129 blog posts that attracted over 60,000 pageviews! Below are the top 10 blog posts based on visits starting from the most read post in 2013:

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