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On June 13 - 14, Social Security’s Ticket to Work team exhibited at the annual conference of the National Council on Independent Living to provide information and employment resources to recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI). This year’s event, titled, “30 years of Advocacy: And Miles to Go Before We Sleep” was held in Washington, D.C. During the two-day exhibit, the Ticket to Work team met nearly 200 beneficiaries, community partners, Employment Networks (EN) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies.
To the nearly 200 individuals who attended the Ticket to Work exhibit, the team distributed a variety of informative materials, including:
- Ticket to Work brochures
- Megan Riggs’ Success Story
- Youth-in-Transition slick sheet
- Ticket to Work Wallet cards
- Common Work Incentives table
Additionally, attendees were invited to participate in the upcoming Twitter Chat on Friday, June 22 focused on Youth in Transition as well as the WISE Webinar on Wednesday, June 27) focused on Work Incentives and benefits protections.
Discover what the Ticket to Work program can do for you. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (866) 968-7842 (V) or (866) 833-2967 (TTY/TDD).
April is National Financial Literacy Month! The topic of finance is has special meaning for people with disabilities. The Ticket to Work program wants to share some tips to help you take charge of your money. Did you know that if you receive SSDI or SSI benefits, you must tell Social Security about any changes in your earnings, your living situation, or other circumstances that affect your financial status?
Below are three practical tips you can apply this month:
Tip #1: Create a budget
Have you ever wondered at the end of the month, “Where did all my money go?” A good way to avoid this is to track your expenses and create a budget. Read budget tips from The Federal Trade Commission. You can also download free templates online, such as this “Expense Worksheet” from FinancialLiteracyMonth.com.
Tip #2: Keep your information up-to-date
Protect your earnings by avoiding overpayments. An overpayment is when you receive more money than what you should have been paid by Social Security. Take an active role to safeguard your earnings by keeping your information up-to-date with Social Security. This means reporting when you start and stop working and if you change your hours or rate of pay. It also means reporting if you have a change in living arrangements, as well as your resources such as bank accounts or cars. Watch our March 2012 webinar, “Preventing and Managing Overpayments: A Webinar for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries” to learn more. You can also download the transcript, audio and presentation slides here.
An Open Message to Social Security Disability Beneficiaries from Associate Commissioner Bob Williams
Every year, thousands of people with disabilities find jobs and leave behind Social Security disability benefits to support themselves and create better futures. As you think about going to work, Social Security wants you to be confident in your choice and to understand what Ticket to Work is all about:
- The Ticket program offers you the help you need to work, earn more money, and support yourself as much as possible.
- The Ticket program is voluntary. You decide if it’s right for you.
- Ticket to Work gives you the choice to partner with an approved Employment Network (EN) or your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agency to get the career counseling, job placement, ongoing support, and other services you need to be able to become or stay employed or find a better job.
- The goal of Ticket is for you to earn a better quality of life through work than you had on benefits and to give you a safety net while you work toward supporting yourself.
- By participating in the Ticket program, you are agreeing to try your best to earn your way off cash benefits.
- Social Security understands that going to work is a major change, and if you can’t completely eliminate your need for cash benefits, you won’t be blamed.
On February 29th we answered YOUR questions at our second Facebook Question and Answer (Q&A) event. It was held after our monthly WISE webinar.
Questions and answers were on such topics as part-time work, school, Ticket to Work and other Work Incentives. We hope you enjoyed the session as much as we did!
If you missed the event, you can read the transcript by clicking “Read More.”
You can also always get your questions answered by calling the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) 866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD) or connecting with a service provider using our Find Help Tool.
In a recent interview with Disaboom, Tamara Mena, a motivational speaker and model, candidly shared her personal experiences with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Ticket to Work program.
Here are some of her thoughts and tips.
On Motivation and Attitude “Generally in life, but even more so when we face tragedies, we have the ability to see ourselves either as survivors and fighters or victims. Life is what we make of it, and we have the power to do ANYTHING.”
On the Importance of Education “After my accident, the first thing I had to do was work arduously to regain my independence, all so I could go back to college and finish strong. I wanted to be passionate about the Communications major I chose to study.”
- On Job Interviews Tamara believes just like anyone looking for a job, your resume should be professional, and you should dress appropriately for the job. She encourages you to:
- Show confidence
- Be aware of your energy level
- Present a good attitude
- Don’t put the focus on your disability
- Research the employer
- Have passion for the job
- On Employment and the Ticket to Work Program "Most people with disabilities are scared they will immediately lose their benefits if they go back to work. This is a fallacy. Ticket to Work will support you. They don’t just drop you when you decide to go back to work; they will work through the process with you.”
Read the full Disaboom interview with Tamara Mena.
Thanks, Tamara, for sharing your successes with Ticket to Work!
National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: You Asked. We Answer. Work Incentives That Work For You
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 1:00 p.m., EST
Live! A Choose Work Facebook Q&A immediately following the webinar
If you have heard of Social Security’s Ticket to Work, Ticket program, or sometimes simply the Ticket, then you have likely heard of Work Incentives—the special rules and guidelines for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries ages 18 through 64 who are ready to enter or re-enter the workforce. What you may not know however, is that Social Security offers more than 25 Work Incentives specifically designed to help you succeed at work so you can eventually work your way off benefits and into a better, more self-supporting lifestyle.
One of the best ways to learn about Ticket to Work and Work Incentives is through a Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar. Join us on February 29 from 1:00-2:30 p.m., EST, as we explore some of your most frequently asked questions during the National WISE Webinar: You Asked. We Answer. Work Incentives That Work For You. This month’s WISE webinar will answer a few of the most frequently asked questions about Work Incentives:
You asked, “What if I am ready to work?” We’ll provide information about:
- Ticket to Work & Work Incentives
- Substantial Gainful Activity
- Timely Progress Review
- Trial Work Period
You asked, “What if I succeed at work?” We’ll provide information about:
- Extended Period of Eligibility
- Expedited Reinstatement
- Earned Income Exclusion
- Student Earned Income Exclusion
Immediately following the February 29 WISE webinar, we encourage you to join our live Facebook Question & Answer session where Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts continue to answer your questions.
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 Work Incentives. If you wish watch, listen to, or read the transcript of a past webinar, you can download any WISE webinar from our webinar library from any Internet enabled device.
When you’re ready to find a good job that leads to a good career and a better self-supporting future, attending a WISE webinar is a great way to start.