January 15, 2014
You are invited to join our live Twitter chat on January 24, 2014, at 12 p.m. EST. We will be talking about the benefits of mentoring for youth with disabilities with Joe Timmons from the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration and other participants.
Get your questions answered and learn about new mentoring resources by participating in the discussion!
Here are the event details:
Topic: Mentoring Works! A Discussion on Mentorship, Youth and Disability
Date of: Friday, January 24, 2014, 12:00 p.m. EST
Instructions: Sign in to Twitter and follow us @chooseworkssa and participate by using hashtag #DEChat in your posts. It will be a fun and informative discussion. You can also follow the discussion in our TweetChat room.
If you’re interested in learning more about employment through the Ticket to Work program prior to the Twitter chat, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) and talk to one of our Help Line representatives.
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January 8, 2014
Join us for our next WISE Webinar on January 22, 2014 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EST. Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
This webinar is a great opportunity for individuals who have previously participated in a Ticket to Work and Work Incentives webinar to learn more about the path to financial independence.
The January 22 webinar will present tips, tools, and resources that help you:
Learn how to save what you earn
Understand tax benefits that may apply to you
Gain basic financial knowledge such as budgeting and expense tracking
If you cannot make the live event, wish to review the information, or are looking for a particular webinar topic, our most recent webinars can be downloaded from our webinar library.
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January 8, 2014
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. When you cannot be at the event in person, virtual career fairs offer a unique opportunity for you to engage in real-time 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.
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January 1, 2014
A new year is a new beginning! Now is a great time to set goals and make plans for the future.
Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions have to do with employment and financial wellness. Choosing to work can change your life. If finding employment is one of your New Year’s resolutions, Ticket to Work may be able to help. We can connect you with the right people to help you explore your options, prepare for work, gain experience and help you understand the affect working may have on your benefits. Explore our website for more information about the program, email us at email@example.com, or call our Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) to get started!
Whether you are looking for a job or already have one, managing your money better can help you reach your goals for 2014. Financial wellness begins with understanding your income, your spending, and how much you save. Here are some common topics on financial wellness from our #MoneyMondays series:
No matter what your resolutions are for 2014, pursue your goals and make this your year! Don’t forget that Social Security’s Ticket to Work program may be able to help along the way!
We wish you a happy and healthy 2014!
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December 31, 2013
January is National Mentoring Month, and this year’s theme is, “Mentoring Works.” Mentoring can have an important influence on a person’s educational, professional, and overall development. Mentoring usually involves a formal or informal relationship that develops overtime between two people, a senior mentor and a junior protégé. Mentors provide wisdom, technical knowledge, assistance, support and empathy. They are more than just an advisor.
Thinking of returning to work, but fearful that your disability may get in the way of you being successful on the job?
Looking for a job and in need of job search support?
Stressed from your job search?
Currently working and need support and guidance on how to retain your job?
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December 30, 2013
Have you considered working for yourself? Self-employment may be an option that can put you on the path to financial independence!
Self-employment has a number of benefits including deciding where and when you choose to work. But, trying to work for yourself also has some risks. For example, it may be difficult to obtain the initial funding required to get your business started, or you may not have the information and resources you need to develop a business plan.
The good news is that the Ticket to Work program can help people with disabilities who are interested in self-employment. Many vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and workforce development professionals are implementing strategies and establishing partnerships with other public and private sector organizations to promote entrepreneurship as another option to financial independence. Opportunities to start a business exist across a broad spectrum of occupations. You can decide to try a new career or explore your passions.
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December 27, 2013
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.”
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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December 23, 2013
The new year is almost here and it is the perfect time to make some important financial decisions to start 2014 on the right track.
Did you get a job, a raise or a promotion this year? If you were lucky enough to increase your income in 2013, it might be the perfect time to create a budget if you haven’t done so already. The first step toward financial independence is developing a budget and then sticking to it, which can be hard during the holidays.
Here are steps to create a monthly budget so you can plan how to pay your expenses and save for your goals:
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