This webinar is hosted as a National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) and will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, EST. The webinar will focus on Social Security Programs and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 503 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against people with disabilities and requires them to take action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain more people with disabilities. The presentation includes: -- What Section 503 changes mean for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries; -- Tips for self-identification during the application and hiring process; -- Tips on how to demonstrate your skills and abilities at a virtual job fair. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/details
This Webinar is sponsored by the National Disability Institute's (NDI's) ABLE National Resource Center and will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 / 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Since the passage of the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in December of 2014 there has been a great deal of progress both at the state and federal levels. This progress includes the passage of over 35 state ABLE related pieces of legislation, the development of proposed rules and regulations, several advanced notices outlining additional guidance, formal direction from the Social Security Administration, and a major amendment to the federal statute. Given all this exciting progress, the ABLE National Resource Center is hosting this webinar to highlight the various components of this progress in an effort to better prepare and educate individuals with disabilities and their families, state ABLE administrators, the greater disability advocacy community, and other relevant stakeholders as to the current status of ABLE and what we can expect in the next 12 months. To register for this Webinar, please click on View Page Now.
This webinar is sponsored by the National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE)and will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The January national WISE webinar will address common myths about how working will affect cash disability benefits and Medicare or Medicaid. -- Find out how medical reviews will be put on hold while participating in Ticket to Work. -- Find out how an individual can go back on cash benefits without reapplying if it a job does not work out. -- Get details on how an individual can keep Medicare or Medicaid after cash benefits end due to work. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/details
This webinar on January 19, 2016, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Join National Disability Institute, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) to learn about the time limits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that affect individuals who are considered “Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents” (ABAWDs). These time limits were largely suspended during the recession, but starting in January 2016, the three-month time limits on SNAP receipt for certain individuals who are not employed will be back in effect in at least some areas in nearly all states. It’s estimated that nearly 1 million people could lose their benefits in 2016 as a result. While individuals with disabilities are exempt from these time limits, many states only know about recipients’ disability status if they are receiving SSI or other disability benefits. Further, states should exempt caregivers of persons with disabilities but may not be aware of the caregiving role. And states have flexibility to exempt many homeless individuals, whether or not they identify a disability. Join NDI to learn more about the time limit, how it may affect individuals with disabilities, their caretakers, and homeless individuals, and what you can do to ensure that people are not improperly denied access to food assistance. To register for this webinar, click on View Page Now.
This webinar was hosted by the National Disability Institute on December 9, 2015 and presented by Social Security subject matter expert Kevin Nickerson, to learn basic criteria the Social Security Administration examines for SSDI eligibility and work incentives available to disability beneficiaries that allow for a successful transition to work. Participants will also learn how health insurance is protected during the transition to work under Social Security. To access this webinar archive, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/financial-education/financial-wellness-webinar-series
In December 2015, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center issued three Employment First Technical Briefs for individuals and organizations working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency. The Briefs include the followings: Technical Brief #1: Connecting the Dots: Using Federal Policy to Promote Employment First Systems-Change Efforts, provides a robust summary and overview of public policy, regulations, rules and informational bulletins that support employment outcomes and employment first for youth and adults with disabilities. Technical Brief #2: Federal Legal Framework that Supports Competitive, Integrated Employment Outcomes of Youth and Adults with Significant Disabilities, “highlights various legal actions by Federal enforcement agencies that have significant implications for how states prioritize and deliver services for individuals with disabilities. Technical Brief #3: Criteria for Performance Excellence in Employment First State Systems Change & Provider Transformation, provides guidance to states that are involved in systems change efforts aimed at improving competitive, integrated employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. To access more information on these briefs, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/employment-first-technical-briefs
This webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time and is hosted by National Disability Institute's (NDI) Real Economic Impact (REI) Network. This NDI webinar will highlight the American Dream Employment Network (ADEN), a national administrative Employment Network. ADEN is a consortium of service providers and employers working together to create a path for individuals with disabilities receiving Social Security disability benefits to return to work or begin working for the first time. ADEN is an approved Employment Network operating under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work. This webinar will provide an overview of ADEN, how employment service providers can tap into this turnkey opportunity, and how ADEN supports the employment of persons with disabilities. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://ndiwebinars.webex.com/ndiwebinars/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9b80638e8bdc3efd90ba9490c5f70a68
This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, EST and is sponsored by ServiceSource and National Disability Institute in honor of the signing into law of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is also the final webinar in a three part series of Collaboration, Celebration, and Innovation: ADA@25. Join nationally recognized thought leaders to discuss the next generation of innovative strategies to support individuals with disabilities and their families have more self-determined quality of life experiences in inclusive communities. To register for this webinar please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.servicesource.org/ada25
For those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), there are work supports that can help cover the costs of training, accommodations, transportation and help build assets that support goals towards working and living independently in the community. An Employment Network can assist with employment supports, and connect eligible beneficiaries to a certified work incentive benefits advisor who can assist in leveraging applicable work incentives, as well as help people manage their benefits while working. To find a provider click on View Page Now or go to: : http://www.chooseworkttw.net/.
U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced the availability 5 more states to participate in an Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program with applications due October 12, 2015. The Office of Disability Employment Policy started the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP), a cross-disability, cross-systems change initiative, to assist states in aligning their efforts to support individuals with disabilities toward an Employment First approach. EFSLMP provides a platform for multi-disciplinary state teams to focus on implementing the Employment First approach with fidelity through the alignment of policies, coordination of resources, and updating of service delivery models to facilitate increased integrated employment options for people with the most significant disabilities. Through an application process, states have an opportunity to become an EFSLMP Core State. In FY 2015, 15 states were awarded core state funding. In FY 2016, the existing 15 states will receive another year of core state funding, and up to five new states will be funded. To learn more about application requirements, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/EmploymentFirst.htm
On September 15, 2015, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) released an Interim Report to Congress and the Secretary of Labor. The Committee is also scheduled to meet October 14 and 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Introduction to the interim Report includes the following dedication to Randee Chafkin who passed away in February 2015: In February 2015, shortly after the first meeting of the Advisory Committee, Randee Ellen Chafkin passed away. Randee was a long time employee in the U.S. Department of Labor, contributing her knowledge and passion first at the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, then the Office of Disability Employment Policy, and most recently the Employment and Training Administration. Randee dedicated her life to increasing employment of people with disabilities, especially youth and adults who experience the most significant barriers to full inclusion in employment and community participation. She will be greatly missed. When she died, a note was pinned to the wall near her desk. The sentiment expressed in that note reflects Randee's dedication and career, and is fitting for the work of the Advisory Committee. "It's the action, not the fruit of the action that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result." - Mahatma Ghandi To read the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/20150808.pdfOrganizations or members of the public wishing to submit comments and feedback on the interim report or general feedback may do so by using the form found at: www.acicieid.org/comments.
This webinar will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time sponsored by ServiceSource and National Disability Institute . This is the second webinar in celebration of the 25 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), It will include nationally recognized thought leaders to discuss the next generation of innovative strategies to support individuals with disabilities and their families have more self-determined quality of life experiences in inclusive communities. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.servicesource.org/ada25
This webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EST, is sponsored by National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE). The September national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules. Join the webinar to learn about Ticket to Work and Work Incentives, frequently asked questions, and where to find more information. You will hear from Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts about resources especially for young adults in transition: -- Tips and resources for transition to employment -- The Youth Transitions Collaborative -- Ticket to Work and Work Incentives for young adults To register fro this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinars-tutorials/
The National Center for Policy Analysis issued a Policy Report in June 2015 that looked at data for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). It includes the following information: Since 1990, the percentage of workers receiving SSDI benefits has grown an average of 4.8 percent annually. As a result, the Disability Trust Fund, which is funded by 1.8 percentage points of the payroll tax (split evenly between workers and employers), is expected to be depleted by the end of 2016. As of December 2013: -- There were 10.2 million individual disabled workers, disabled widowers or disabled adult children receiving Social Security Disability. -- Disabled beneficiaries ages 18 to 64 were 4.8 percent of the total nonsenior adult population. -- The average beneficiary age was 53 years and the average monthly benefit was $1,146. Unfortunately, despite these numbers, there is little political will for a complete overhaul of SSDI. Policymakers have proposed just a few reforms, mainly focused on efforts to combat fraud. But more could be done regarding how beneficiaries are paid and how to provide better work incentives. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/st366.pdf
A Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking And Notice Of Public Hearing on Guidance Under Section 529A: Qualified ABLE Programs has been issued in Federal Register, Vol. 80, No. 119, on Monday, June 22, 2015. Comments must be received by September 21, 2015. SUMMARY: This document contains proposed regulations under section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code that provide guidance regarding programs under The Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) of 2014. Section 529A provides rules under which States or State agencies or instrumentalities may establish and maintain a new type of tax-favored savings program through which contributions may be made to the account of an eligible individual with a disability to meet qualified disability expenses. These accounts also receive favorable treatment for purposes of certain means-tested Federal programs. In addition, these proposed regulations provide corresponding amendments to regulations under sections 511 and 513, with respect to unrelated business taxable income, sections 2501, 2503, 2511, 2642 and 2652, with respect to gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes, and section 6011, with respect to reporting requirements. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on these proposed regulations. To access the Federal Register Notice, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-22/pdf/2015-15280.pdf
This Podcast is sponsored by the Social Security Administration: For many people with disabilities, getting a job means working with an employer to create workplace supports and adjustments when appropriate. These supports - known as job accommodations - allow people with disabilities to do job duties and be as productive as possible. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation both during the hiring process and on the job. Common examples of job accommodations may include things like assistive technology, changes to work settings or adjusted work schedules. But how can a person with a disability go about obtaining job accommodations for work? The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a great place to start. Listen to or download the transcript for this episode of Ticket Talk in which three JAN resources are discussed that can help individuals be successful on a path to financial independence. To access this podcast, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/library/ticket-talk-podcast-three-resources-that-can-help-you-obtain-job-accommodations
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued this Social Security Bulletin, Volume 75, Number 2. It provides empirical evidence on the relationship between the primary impairments of Social Security disability program beneficiaries and the employment and earnings experiences of those beneficiaries is limited. To provide such evidence, recent Disability Insurance beneficiaries and working-age Supplemental Security Income recipients are classified according to 25 detailed primary-impairment categories to examine their employment and earnings patterns using 2011 data from linked Social Security administrative files. Research shows substantial heterogeneity in employment and earnings across primary impairments. It also shows that if the sample is restricted to beneficiaries with earnings (and then further restricted to those with earnings above the substantial gainful activity level), some impairment categories that are strongly associated with employment status are not as strongly associated with higher earnings. These findings can inform new initiatives designed to help beneficiaries return to work or successfully transition into the adult workforce. To view this Social Security Bulletin, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v75n2/v75n2p19.html
In May 2015, Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) issued this report on MFP demonstration that supports efforts to help Medicaid beneficiaries living in long-term care facilities transition back to the community. The six MFP grantees highlighted in this study offer several lessons that can help other states enhance their program models to better serve people with diverse support needs. Factors that contribute to successful program performance include (1) thorough identification of a person's needs and preferences early in the transition process to help facilitate timely linkages to services in the community and avoid reinstitutionalization; (2) flexible MFP grant funds that enable MFP grantees to test new services or supports that help to better meet participants' support needs in the community; (3) quality monitoring systems to track participants' outcomes in the community; and (4) strong partnerships with stakeholders, which lead to close coordination in service delivery and propel system transformation efforts forward. Please click on View Page Now or go to the MPR website at: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/~/media/publications/pdfs/health/mfpfieldrpt16.pdf
In March 2015, Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) published this Issue Brief on costs and benefits of return-to-work programs. Each year, millions of workers in the United States develop a chronic illness, disability, or other serious medical problem. Many are at risk of exiting the labor force, especially if they do not receive timely and effective return-to-work (RTW) supports. These workers and their families frequently face substantial reductions in their standard of living, and may end up relying on public programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, and Medicaid for income support and health care. Three new studies examine stay-at-work and return-to-work policies and programs that may help raise incomes for recovering workers while lowering personnel costs for employers and public assistance costs for taxpayers. They include an issue brief and full report assessing the costs and benefits of return-to-work programs from multiple perspectives, examples of promising practices and success stories from the health care sector, and a look at the role of physicians. Mathematica and its partner, EconSys, conducted this research for the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. To access the Issue Brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/~/media/publications/pdfs/disability/rtw_costsbenefits_ib.pdf
This webinar is hosted by Social Security Administration's National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) and will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time This webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules and share a success story of an individual with a mental illness who found employment through Ticket to Work. In addition, the experts will share information about: -- Ticket to Work and Work Incentives -- Frequently Asked Questions -- Where to find more information. WISE webinars are live, free and accessible online events for those interested in learning about Ticket to Work, Work Incentives and other disability employment related topics. Social Security and disability employment experts will be available to answer your questions. WISE webinars are hosted on the fourth Wednesday of each month. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/ You can also call to register for the webinar at: 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).