August 13, 2012
We are happy to announce a new addition to the “You Can Work” blog series! This series features individuals with disabilities who have found a self-supporting future with help from the Ticket to Work program. This month, we spotlight Chris O’Dell, a new dad with a special education certificate who found career success with the help of the Ticket to Work program and an Employment Network named Job Squad.
After graduating from high school, Chris looked forward to gaining independence and finding a job of his own. But, he was also concerned that his lack of work experience and his disability would make it hard to find a job. Eventually, he decided not to let his concerns hold him back. “I got tired quickly of sitting at home, and even though I was nervous at first, I decided to [find help],” he says.
With the help of Job Squad, a Ticket to Work Employment Network that provides employment opportunities and support services for job seekers with disabilities, Chris explored his options. After assessing his skills, potential training, and employment goals, Job Squad found Chris a position as a Custodian for the FBI Criminal Justice Information System.
Now, four years since he pursued employment, Chris is now a devoted father who can support his family. He is proud of what his independence has helped him to achieve. Ticket to Work and Work Incentives helped Chris find his path to self-sufficiency, and it can help you too! Chris O’Dell’s full story is available here.
To learn more about the Ticket to Work program, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).
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December 2, 2011
Today we 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!
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