September 23, 2014
By Dania Douglas, NAMI State Advocacy Manager
People living with mental illness are a diverse group with a wide range of talents, who can—and do—work in all segments of the U.S. economy. But they still often have problems in finding and keeping jobs. Each year one in four people in the United States is affected by mental illness. But even though it is common, mental illness still carries a stigma, and those living with it often face discrimination.
Work can be an important part of recovery. Work can provide a structure, a sense of purpose, income and benefits. Despite this, people with mental illness are often unemployed or underemployed. Almost 80 percent of the 7 million individuals in the public mental health system are unemployed, though studies show that at least 60 percent of them want to work.
The good news is that we know there are effective and innovative systems that have helped people with mental illness find and keep competitive employment. The bad news is that these systems are not widely available. Supported employment services are available to less than 2 percent of the people who need them.
In July, NAMI released Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness, a report that explored these challenges and highlighted effective employment programs:
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September 18, 2014
Throughout this month, both in-person and virtual career fairs will take place nationwide. Career fairs can provide you with great opportunities to interact with employers and recruiters who are hiring and help keep you informed of their latest job openings. This is a great time for you to engage with organizations and advance your career search!
Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs (In-person)
Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs (DED) provides the opportunity for local and national employers to meet and interview qualified candidates from diverse communities.
September 18, 2014 – Milwaukee, WI
September 25,2014 – Miami, FL
Hiring our Heroes for Veterans (In-person)
Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, helps Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 560 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
September 18, 2014 – Indianapolis, IN
September 18, 2014 – Kingston, NY
September 18, 2014 – Chicago, IL
September 22, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA
September 24, 2014 – Boulder, CO
September 24, 2014 – Virtual Job Fair
September 24, 2014 – Beaufort, SC – Military Spouse Networking Luncheon & Hiring Fair
September 25, 2014 – Ann Arbor, MI
September 30, 2014 – Aurora, IL
Dice Technology & Engineering Virtual Career Fair (Virtual)
This is an online career fair that will connect job seekers with top employers in live, engaging conversations via instant chat. This event will allow you to connect with multiple companies in an efficient, online environment.
Verizon Wireless Virtual Career Fair (Virtual)
Verizon Wireless is hosting a career fair that can connect you with Verizon representatives as the company looks to add to its growing team.
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September 17, 2014
Our You Can Work blog series continues to celebrate the achievements of adults with disabilities who have found their path to a better future with help from the Ticket to Work program. This month, we introduce Josh Schneiter, a young man who was determined to improve his independence after experiencing a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a child.The Ticket to Work program helped Josh understand how employment would affect his Social Security disability benefits.
Like many people considering employment, Josh was concerned about his benefits. Through the Ticket to Work program he learned about special Social Security rules called Work Incentives which allow many people to transition into the workforce while continuing to receive healthcare benefits, and some cash benefits from Social Security.
Once Josh understood what working would mean for his benefits, his high school transition specialist introduced to him to Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center (PARC), a local Employment Network that helped him participate in the Ticket to Work program. The staff at PARC helped Josh identify internship opportunities in the manufacturing industry, and he began an internship with Futura Industries. Futura is an aluminum manufacturing facility, where Josh was paired with a partner to move packages and dye aluminum strips. Futura provided the job accommodations he needed and the internship worked out well for everyone.
In September of 2013, he accepted a full-time position with Futura. Josh is a valued member of the team, and he enjoys the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie he gets at work. Josh is happy to be contributing to his community through employment. He feels free of the limitations imposed by relying on a fixed income, and enjoys spending time with his girlfriend. Josh is living the “normal” life he imagined for himself. Read Josh’s full story.
With the right support, Josh found his path to a better future. Find yours!
Visit our website for more inspiring stories, and learn how Social Security’s Ticket to Work program can help you.
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September 15, 2014
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the largest national event aimed to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in all 50 states in more than 600 communities, this event rallies volunteers of all ages to become activists in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
You can help raise awareness by participating in a free local event near you!
At the Walk events, you can learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and the support programs and services offered by your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter. You can also get involved with the cause through advocacy initiatives and clinical trial participation.
You can find a walk near you by visiting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s homepage and entering your zip code.
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September 11, 2014
By Karen J. McCulloh, RN, BS, and Beth Marks, PhD, RN
The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2003 in the state of Illinois. As a grass roots organization established by nurses with disabilities, NOND’s mission is to promote equity for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions in nursing through education and advocacy by:
promoting best practices in education and employment
providing resources to individuals, nursing and disability organizations, disability services professionals, healthcare professionals, educational and healthcare institutions
influencing the provision of culturally responsive nursing practice, and
creating systemic improvements in education and employment.
Through NOND, we are challenging the stereotypes and myths about people with disabilities who want to become nurses or have become disabled after earning their license and want to return to or remain in the workforce.
To enter healthcare educational programs, candidates must be academically qualified. Some students may take courses ahead of time to be better prepared for consideration for admission. After admission, the greatest challenge for students with disabilities may be obtaining reasonable accommodations that can assist them in their success as they move forward through a program.
Participation in the labor force by people with disabilities is 21 percent compared to 69 percent of their non-disabled peers without disabilities. To increase participation, NOND supports the legal changes made in the last 30 years to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Learning about your civil rights and responsibilities should begin prior to entering a health care educational program or returning to work as a nurse with a disability. Visit www.NOND.org and learn more about your rights and how to advocate.
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September 8, 2014
One suicide occurs every 40 seconds, claiming 1 million lives worldwide each year. This includes 300,000 Americans, making suicide the third leading cause of death for people age 15 through 24 and the second leading cause for people age 24 through 35. According to the CDC, there is no single cause of suicide, but risk factors can include a history of depression or mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, physical illness, family history, and feeling alone.
You can participate in activities to help combat this issue. The American Association of Suicidology sponsors National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8-14, as part of the recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
If you are working and struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, your employer’s Human Resources department may be able to provide confidential assistance to employees dealing with these issues.
Suicide is preventable. You can Learn the warning signs and risk factors for suicide. If you or someone you know is in a suicidal crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK).
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September 5, 2014
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 greater financial independence.
The September 17, 2014 national WISE webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you! We will share a success story of an individual with a mental illness who found employment through Ticket to Work, and you will also learn from experts about:
Ticket to Work & Work Incentives
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where to find more information
Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) to join us on Wednesday, September 17 from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT.
Email us at email@example.com or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
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September 1, 2014
Labor Day marked more than just the end of summer and the start of school for some of us. On this day we honored and celebrated the contributions American workers have made to strengthen and move this nation forward.
When this holiday originated in the late 1800s, most of the protections American workers benefit from today did not exist. Many people worked longer hours under unsafe conditions, and children as young as five worked in mills, factories and mines. President Grover Cleveland commemorated Labor Day as a federal holiday in 1887. Learn more about the history of Labor Day on the Department of Labor site.
While people with disabilities are a part of the American workforce and have added to the nation’s growth, employment hurdles have often been greatest for people with disabilities.
Labor Day serves as a reminder of the value of work for yourself, your family, and your community:
“The basic bargain of America is that no matter who you are, where you come from or what you look like, if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it.”
— Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez
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