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Register Now! Social Security's Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: August 27, 2014: Ticket to Work: Finding and Keeping the Job That's Right for You

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 financial independence.

The August 27 national WISE webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that can help you on your path to financial independence! A special guest speaker will discuss:

  • Exploring your work goals
  • Building your employment team
  • Work Incentives that can help you once you have a job

Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

Approximately 2 days before the event, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. Registration information will also be available online the day of the webinar.

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. Our next WISE webinar is September 17 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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Start Your Job Search Today at a Career Fair!

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!

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.

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.

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Webinar Spotlight: Alliance Professional Services and Arizona Bridge to Independent Living!

Section 503

Join us on July 30, 2014, for a national WISE webinar: More Jobs for People with Disabilities: What New Regulations Can Mean for You!

The national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you, including details about Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 503 requires federal contractors and subcontractors to take action to recruit, hire, train, promote, and retain people with disabilities.

Our presenters for this webinar represent two Employment Networks (EN): Susan Webb from ABIL Employment Services (AES) and Pam Walker from Alliance Professional Services. ENs can work with you to discuss Section 503, including job opportunities, self-identification and reasonable accommodations.

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Celebrating Independence on the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

ADA

Earlier this month Americans celebrated our nation's independence. This week, we celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

On July 26th 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The ADA, he declared, was “. . .the world’s first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities.” Its impact was monumental. From employment and transportation, to government services and telecommunications, the ADA promised equal access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities from all walks of life.

For twenty-four years the ADA has ensured people with disabilities protection from employment discrimination, equal access to public places like schools, businesses, and government buildings, and access to communications technology enabling the free transmission of ideas and information. And as a result, more people with disabilities than ever are able to achieve their potential. In the words of Bob Williams, former Associate Commissioner for Social Security's Office of Employment Support Programs, “The Americans with Disabilities Act works.”  Mr. Williams was a leader in the fight to pass the ADA and witnessed the signing ceremony.

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Your Questions Answered! June 25th Facebook Questions & Answers (Q&A) Transcript

Following our June 25th WISE Webinar, “Ticket to Work: Free Support Services for Young Adults in Transition,” we took to our Facebook page to answer your disability employment-related questions. We addressed a variety of questions about the Ticket to Work program, Work Incentives and the path to financial independence for youth in transition. Thank you to all who participated, and we hope to see the rest of you next time! Follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/choosework) to receive announcements of future events! If you are interested in work and would like to discuss your situation now, speak with a Ticket to Work representative at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) or find a service provider using our Find Help tool.

Check out the transcripts of the June 25th Facebook Q&A below:

Note: Questions are listed first in each section. Responses from the Ticket to Work experts are labeled “Expert Response.” Additional comments from fans are labeled “Fan Comment (or Fan Response).” Comments from the moderator are labeled “Moderator Comment.” This transcript was recorded from the chat itself and to preserve authenticity, only egregious spelling errors were corrected and some responses were rearranged to group by question. Please excuse any additional grammar or spelling errors.

Below are acronyms used throughout the chat:

EN: Employment Network

SSI: Supplemental Security Income

SSDI: Social Security Disability Insurance

TTW: Ticket to Work

VR: Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

WISE (webinar): Work Incentives Seminar Event

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Find Ticket to Work at the Project SEARCH Conference in Omaha, Nebraska July 21-25

From July 21-25, representatives of Social Security’s Ticket to Work program will be attending the 8th annual Project SEARCH Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Project SEARCH works to help young adults with disabilities to develop the skills they need to secure employment. Their school-to-work program immerses high school students in a one-year program that takes place entirely in the workplace. Since 1996, the program has grown to more than 200 sites across the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia.

Each year, the conference offers a variety of workshops presented by Project SEARCH staff, instructors, job coaches, business liaisons, and other partners. This year’s conference will highlight the latest research and strategies for job skills training, student recruitment, technology, and many other techniques and tools that can help young people with disabilities gain skills that can lead to employment.

The Ticket to Work program will present a workshop titled “Using Your Ticket to Work: Help on Your Journey to Financial Independence.” This workshop will describe how Ticket to Work can provide support to youth who receive disability benefits, are in transition, and on the journey toward employment. The workshop will cover the basics of the program, such as eligibility and services available to beneficiaries. Participants will also learn how to use our Find Help tool, which helps users find support along the journey to financial independence.

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Register Now! Social Security's Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: July 30, 2014: More Jobs for People with Disabilities: What New Regulations Can Mean for You

Section 503

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 financial independence.

The July 30, 2014, national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you, including details about Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 503 is a regulation that prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against people with disabilities and requires these employers to take action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these people with disabilities. The presentation will include information on:  

  • What the changes to Section 503 mean for Social Security disability beneficiaries
  • Tips for self-identification during the application and hiring process
  • How to find and prepare for Section 503 opportunities

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Start Your Job Search Today at a Career Fair!

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 (Online)

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.

Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs (In-person)

Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs provide the opportunity for local and national employers to meet and interview qualified candidates from diverse communities.

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