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June 3, 2013
In the month of June, we will be featuring special content relevant to America’s Veterans with disabilities.
Returning to the workforce after active duty can be stressful, both emotionally and financially for many Veterans- with or without disabilities. One of the best ways to decrease the anxiety associated with this transition is by carefully managing your finances. There are a variety of resources available for Veterans who are searching for money management tools and we’ve listed several below. But first, here are a few tips for achieving personal financial success.
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June 18, 2013
It’s that time of year again- graduation. While this is a very exciting time in a young person’s life, it also brings up a lot of questions: Where do I go from here? Who is hiring? Will finding a job be more difficult if I am a person with a disability? Should I try to work? Graduating means something a little different to everyone. Most importantly, what graduating means is that you have closed one chapter of your life and will soon start another one. Where should you begin? Ideally, the first step is to fulfill your personal goal of employment.
If you have just graduated from high school or college, entering the workforce may be a good option for you. There are real benefits to working. First, you’ll have the opportunity to use the skills you developed in class. You worked hard to get your diploma- why not use it? Second, becoming a part of the workforce gets you one step closer to becoming financially independent. Earning a paycheck builds self-esteem and gives you more freedom to do (and buy!) what you want. Third, working can make your life more fulfilling. The relationships we discover in the workplace often turn into lifelong friendships. Working gives you a sense of purpose and contribution to your community.
You may have concerns about the challenges the working world presents. Many people with disabilities fear they’ll be treated differently because of their disability or their workplace will not provide them with reasonable accommodations. There are laws and regulations in place that try to prevent all those things from happening. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) helps ensure that you are treated equally in the workplace. ADA guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications.
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June 17, 2013
It’s no secret that being in the military taught you valuable skills. However, you may not have considered some of the civilian-life applications for those skills. One way to use the skills you developed during your military career is becoming an entrepreneur, or starting your own business. Entrepreneurship is a way to both be your own boss and become financially independent. According to the Small Business Administration, over 14% of all small businesses in America are started by Veterans. In fact, Veterans are twice as likely to start a small business as Non-Veterans. Many skills that you learned in the military are also relevant to successful small business owners. These include:
Strategic Outlook: Your service probably taught you to identify problems and solve them quickly. Products or services that solve problems can be big sellers.
Organizational Skills: Organization is a fundamental element of military service. Owning your own business means managing deadlines, budgets, product development, sales, customer relations and much more. Being organized will help you keep on top of it all.
Risk-Tolerance: Starting a small business can be a risk. It can take months or years to turn a profit, even after investing your time and money into a business. Until then, you’ve still got to pay your bills and market your product. Time in the service equipped you perform in high-pressure situations, which will help you tolerate the risk inherent in unknown profit expectations.
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June 10, 2013
By Guest Blogger, Eva LaManna, Manager of Programs
A cancer diagnosis can cause a great deal of fear and uncertainty. Many people never anticipate having to deal with the variety of family, household, legal and financial issues that may arise. One of the biggest areas impacted is the work life of a survivor. While many patients and survivors want to continue working through cancer, navigating this decision can be difficult. Cancer and Careers (CAC) is the only organization in the United States dedicated solely to supporting people who continue to work during and after cancer treatment. CAC aims to ease the process by providing an array of services and credible referrals to help balance employment and a cancer diagnosis.
Working during and after treatment is extremely important for many patients and survivors. Cancer and Careers recently conducted a survey with Harris Interactive and found that nearly 80 percent of cancer patients and survivors say that continuing to work after diagnosis aids recovery. Individuals who remained employed were motivated by a variety of factors, including feeling well, wanting to maintain a routine, and wanting to be productive.
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June 7, 2013
You are invited to join our upcoming live Twitter chat on June 21, 2013, at 12 p.m. EST, when we’ll be talking about employment services for Veterans with disabilities with Paralyzed Veterans of America.
If you have questions, we invite you to join and participate in the conversation! Here are the event details:
Topic: For Veterans with Disabilities: A Conversation with Paralyzed Veterans of America
Date: Friday, June 21, 2013, 12:00 p.m. EST
Instructions: Sign in to Twitter and follow us @chooseworkssa or @PVA1946 and participate by using hashtag #DEChat in your posts. It promises to be an engaging and informative discussion. You can also follow the discussion in our TweetChat room.
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June 6, 2013
Our newest Ticket Talk podcast features an interview with Dee Gavaldon, Program Manager of Crossroads Diversified Services, an Employment Network, American Job Center (formally called One-Stop) and AbilityOne program participant. Crossroads was established in 1977 as a Sacramento County mental health program, but today it helps people and young adults with all disabilities.
As an expert on disability employment, Dee offers this advice for individuals who have a mental illness and are considering returning to work, or going to work for the first time:
“Consider work as part of your recovery. Work in our society, to some extent, defines people. It gives them more power over their own lives, and it also becomes some of the social fabric. Many of our friends and acquaintances are people that we work with, and [for] people with disabilities, especially [for] those with mental illness, one of the symptoms is isolation, and the work setting is a very healthy way of breaking that isolation.”
Dee provides insight on the full range of services that Crossroads offers such as interview preparation, resume writing, skills assessments, job training and placement, and on-site job coaching.
Listen to our podcast to hear Dee’s expert advice on disability employment, or read the transcript here.
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June 3, 2013
The April 24, 2013, national Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar, Ticket to Work: Support Services for People with Disabilities on the Journey to Financial Independence: Part II archive is now available online. Visit our webinar library to download the webinar, accessible PDF of the presentation, or transcript. If you missed the first event of the two-part series, Ticket to Work: Support for People with Disabilities on the Journey to Financial Independence: Part 1, you may also find that on the webinar libary.
Register online for our next WISE webinar on June 12.
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May 29, 2013
Join us for our next WISE Webinar on June 12, 2013 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT. Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
A WISE webinar is a free, fully accessible, online event designed especially for beneficiaries and their families, community partners, and service providers to learn more about the Ticket to Work program and available Work Incentives. WISE webinars typically occur the fourth Wednesday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., EDT. At each webinar, Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts present engaging information on the program for an hour then conclude with a live question and answer session.
Participants will learn about:
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.
When you’re ready to find a good job that leads to a good career and financial independence, attending a WISE webinar is a great way to start. Our next WISE webinar is June 12 at 3:00 p.m. EDT Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
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