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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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Live Life to the Fullest with Disability.gov - Your Guide to Information

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People visit Disability.gov for a variety of reasons. Some are looking for information on how to apply for disability benefits, and others want to know where they can find affordable and accessible apartments. As the federal government website for information on disability policies, programs and services, the Disability.gov team’s number one priority is to evaluate every resource to ensure you are connected to information that helps you live life to the fullest. Essentially, Disability.gov is a huge directory of resources from government agencies, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations.

If you have a disability and want to return to work, the Ticket to Work program can help you explore your options. You’ve found the Ticket’s website, but what if you need to access public transportation or paratransit service to travel to job interviews? What if you’re attending college or vocational training in a new city and need to find a doctor who specializes in your disability or want to connect with a support group? That’s where Disability.gov comes in.

A few months ago, Disability.gov launched the “Guide Me” tool to make searching on the site easier by walking visitors through four steps.

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Money Mondays: Tax Resources for People with Disabilities

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Tax season is here! If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to organize your financial information and start preparing and filing your tax forms. There are a number of resources available to help you file your taxes, and you may qualify for some additional tax benefits.

If you or someone you know has a disability and need help filing taxes this year, there are a number of resources that are available:

  • Download accessible forms and publications. The IRS offers content in a number of accessible formats to accommodate people who use assistive technology including screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays, and voice recognition software. The tax forms and publications can be downloaded or viewed online.
  • Watch the IRS Accessibility video. The video highlights how to find accessible tax information, products and services.
  • Visit an IRS volunteer tax site. The IRS offers volunteer sites that help individuals with a low- to moderate-income (about $52,000 or less) obtain free tax preparation assistance. These sites are managed by volunteers that are certified by the IRS. Visit www.irs.gov/Individuals/Find-a-Location-for-Free-Tax-Prep to find a site in your state.
  • File your taxes online for free with MyFreeTaxes.com. The service helps people access free tax preparation and filing assistance services online at home, at a community center or with the help of a nonprofit partner.

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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"

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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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