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.
Customized Employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. This information brief provides the results of six focus groups conducted in 2015 under the Office of Disability Employment Policy's (ODEP's) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). The purpose of the focus groups was to garner the perspective of employers of various sizes, sectors, and locations who had hired individuals with disabilities into customized jobs within the past year. To access this information brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/system/files/resource/downloadable_version/CE_Info_Brief_Employer_Perspective_0.pdf
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
This recorded archive highlights the National Disability Institute's 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 provides 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 view this webinar archive, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/resources/webinars.aspx
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 Social Security Administration (SSA) produced this video that shares information on work incentives that facilitate disability beneficiaries seeking employment. A common myth about working and receiving Social Security disability benefits is that you will immediately lose your cash benefits and Medicare or Medicaid if you work. This actually is not the case. Social Security has work incentives that allow you to explore work options and still have access to your Medicare or Medicaid and some cash benefits. These work incentives, which include the Ticket to Work program, are available to support Social Security disability beneficiaries on their path to a financially independent future. In this new Ticket to Work video, Michele Boardman shares her story. Michele used work incentives to help pay for her education and vehicle modifications. Later, her knowledge of work incentives led her to a job as a Community Work Incentives Coordinator at AHEDD, an Employment Network (EN) which provides employment services to people with disabilities. To view the video, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/library
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
This National Public Radio (NPR) article/blog highlights the personal aspects of disability, employment and economic well-being that still require attention 25 years following the passage of the ADA. It profiles the experience of 27-year-old Emeka Nnaka of Tulsa, Oklahoma who a semi-pro football player who was injured during a game and challenges he faces in reaching his goals. If you have a disability in the U.S., you're twice as likely to be poor as someone without a disability. You're also far more likely to be unemployed. And that gap has widened in the 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted. The employment rate for working age people with disabilities is 14.4% compared to 71.2% for those without a disability and the poverty rate is 32.1% compared to 13% for those without a disability. Median household income is $30,600 compared to $58,400 for those without a disability. To view the full article and responses, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/23/424990474/why-disability-and-poverty-still-go-hand-in-hand-25-years-after-landmark-law
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