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
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 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/.
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
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
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).
Social Security Administration http://www.chooseworkttw.net/library/finding-your-path-to-employment-ASL-video The Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program has announced a new video series in American Sign Language (ASL). These videos can help interested job seekers who are deaf or hard of hearing learn about the Ticket to Work program and the resources available to find and keep a job. The video series will give job seekers who are deaf or hard of hearing an in-depth understanding of how the Ticket to Work program works. Check out Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work in the Library section of www.choosework.net or on YouTube and learn about: -- How the Ticket to Work program works -- Who is eligible -- What types of providers can help job-seekers -- Which professionals can help job-seekers understand how work will affect their benefits -- The types of job support services offered -- How to find a Ticket to Work provider The Ticket to Work program offers Social Security disability beneficiaries more choices in getting the support they need to find work and reach their career goals. To view the video, click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/library/finding-your-path-to-employment-ASL-video
This webinar is sponsored as a National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE)on April 22, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern Time The national Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that can help beneficiaries on a path to self-employment. The guest presenter will talk about:-- Factors to consider when thinking about self-employment -- Ticket to Work and Work Incentives For additional information and to register for the webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: www.choosework.net/wise
Mathematica Policy Research's Center for Studying Disability Policy is hosting this webinar on Tuesday, May 12, from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (ET). The cost of federal disability benefits for teenagers and young adults is substantial. In 2013, 1,156,000 individuals ages 13 to 25 received $8.7 billion in Supplemental Security Income benefits. These young people face distinct challenges in transitioning to work and economic self-sufficiency. To help them overcome these challenges, the Social Security Administration sponsored the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) from 2003 to 2012. Promising interventions to help youth with disabilities navigate the transition to work were developed and tested. The interventions featured employment and education counseling, job development and job placement services, benefits counseling, and financial planning. The demonstration also included financial incentives to encourage employment among young people who were receiving disability benefits. Certain SSA disability program rules were waived to let YTD participants keep more of their benefits as their earnings increased. Mathematica evaluated the implementation and impacts of six of the demonstration projects. At the three-year follow-up, we found that three of the projects helped young people find work and achieve other positive outcomes. To register for this webinar, please click on view page now or go to: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=976946&sessionid=1&key=233253464FA0F8F0F36B3CA27A03370B&sourcepage=register
This Christian Science Monitor (CSM) article by Mark Trumbull, dated Feb. 1, 2015, provides an overview of issues pertaining to the funding of Social Security disability benefits which is predicted to be insolvent in 2016. The article provides information on solutions proposed by the Obama Administration and the Republican perspective to address the shortfall. Please click on View Page Now to view the full article, or go to: http://links.mkt3889.com/ctt?kn=29&ms=MTA2OTI3NDcS1&r=Njc2ODkyNzQ1MTcS1&b=0&j=NDgxNDk4NjEwS0&mt=1&rt=0
On February 13, 2015, the Christian Science Monitor published this article by Mark Trumbull. It provides an overview of the fiscal issues surrounding Social Security disability benefits programs. It notes the suggested insolvency of these programs in 2016 and proposals to use a larger share of social security revenues to maintain these programs through 2033, along with the shift of available retirement funds from 2034 to 2033. There may also be Congressional consideration of whether to make more significant changes to these programs. To view the full article, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2015/0213/Funding-shortfall-for-Social-Security-disability-program-Is-it-real
The Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) is hosting this forum and webinar on Thursday, February 26, from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (ET). Individuals can also attend in person at Mathematica's Washington, DC, office. or by webinar. The Social Security Administration's Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) is testing an innovation that allows Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries to earn more while keeping part of their disability benefits. The earnings rules being tested replaced the "benefit cliff"—the complete loss of benefits when earnings exceed a maximum amount for a sufficient period—with a "benefit ramp" that reduces benefits by $1 for every $2 of earnings over the limit. Beneficiary enrollment in BOND began in 2011 and the demonstration will continue into 2017. A team from Abt and Mathematica is conducting the evaluation. The webinar will provide background on the demonstration and an update on the status of evaluation. To register for the webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=926268&sessionid=1&key=D64C92BEDAA66D563997EDED35988594&sourcepage=register
The Social Security Administration recently released 2015 payment amounts, which include the average monthly benefit for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries, the monthly earnings that will be used to determine Trial Work (TW) and Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), and the Ticket payment rates for Employment Networks (EN). Now this important information is available in the attached 2015 Payments at a Glance document. In addition to the EN payment rates, of particular interest to ENs is the annual earnings increases for SGA and TW, which are listed below. The SGA amount for 2015 is $1,090 for beneficiaries with disabilities other than blindness and $1,820 for beneficiaries who are blind or visually impaired. The TW amount for 2015 is $780 a month. To view the 2015 Payments at a Glance, click on Download Now or go to https://yourtickettowork.com/web/ttw/resource-documents.
The One-Stop Ticket Success Project has created tools to assist One-Stop Career Centers and other workforce development programs to assist and provide guidance on how to manage benefits in a way that enables an individual to go to work, earn income, and reduce reliance on cash benefits, while maintaining essential benefits such as health care. These resources can be very helpful for workforce investment areas and American Job Centers (AJCs)in providing assistance to customers with disabilities as well as individuals trained in benefits planning. This information brief includes a listing of various resources on benefit issues as well as links to relevant websites. To access this information brief, please click on Download Now.