March 3, 2014
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 wherever you are with employers who are ready to hire!
Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair
The Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair will connect job seekers with disabilities to employers nationwide who are actively recruiting. This opportunity allows for one-on-one interactions with recruiters, so that you can gain exposure and learn about job opportunities directly from employers.
My Employment Options Virtual Job Fair
My Employment Options is an Employment Network that specializes in work-from-home positions for people with disabilities. This virtual job fair provides a chance for job seekers to network with a number of companies offering both work-from-home and community employment opportunities.
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February 28, 2014
Did you know that February was Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month? More than 21.5 million American adults are visually impaired or legally blind, and Ticket to Work has helped many of them achieve their work goals!
During February, a number of resources related to low vision were shared, so we compiled a list of some that you might find helpful:
Check out our podcast, “Ticket Talk: Advice and Motivation for People with Low Vision and Blindness.” The podcast includes an interview with Terri Uttermohlen, a Social Insurance Specialist at the Social Security Administration. In this podcast, Ms. Uttermohlen shares her personal experiences as a beneficiary looking for and finding meaningful work. She also provides advice on how to get started including resources and encouragement for those who may also be blind or have low vision. Listen or read the transcript.
The American Foundation for the Blind's (AFB) website lists assistive technology devices for people who are blind or visually impaired as well as services that are available for the blind community. Text size, color, and font style and background color can all be changed to make reading more comfortable for those with reduced vision. AFB has several initiatives you can get involved with:
VisionAware helps adults who are losing their sight continue to live full and independent lives by providing timely information, step-by-step daily living techniques, a directory of national and local services, and a supportive online community.
CareerConnect is an employment information resource for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. It presents employment information, career exploration tools, and extensive job seeking guidance for students and adults with vision loss and the professionals who work with them.
Family Connect offers tips and support from parents of children who are blind or visually impaired. Create your own profile and receive content tailored for you, including parenting tips related to your child's age, information about upcoming events, and more.
The National Eye Institute website features a section on low vision, which includes a quiz about low vision, frequently asked questions about the condition, testimonials from people living with low vision, and information on how to help a loved one who has low vision. The resources are also available in Spanish, and via a listen function, that reads the text out loud.
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February 27, 2014
Do you want to work? Do you have questions about working while receiving Social Security disability benefits? You’re not alone. Social Security wants you to meet “Ben” in a new video brought to you by the Ticket to Work program. Ben receives Social Security disability benefits but wants to work. Before he can get started, he needs to understand how working will affect his benefits.
When you watch this four minute video, you will meet Ben and learn more about Ben’s journey to financial independence using the Ticket program. You can watch him learn about working and benefits as well as his options for finding free support services to help him along the way. Ben also learns what happens when you contact the Ticket to Work Help Line, his options for selecting a service provider to help him meet his work goals and how to make a plan for going to work.
After doing some research, Ben found out that he was eligible for the Ticket program. Meet Ben and follow him on his journey to financial independence. You can watch the video by visiting the Ticket to Work YouTube channel!
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February 26, 2014
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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February 25, 2014
By the Disability.gov Team
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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February 24, 2014
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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February 20, 2014
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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February 12, 2014
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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