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 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
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/.
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
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).
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
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 Disability and Employment Community of Practice (CoP) is focusing on the importance and relevance of the pubic workforce system and its engagement with the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work (TTW) program. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has worked with SSA over a number of years to promote the use of One-Stop Centers, now American Job Centers, to serve Ticket Holders and being an Employment Network or involved with Partnership Plus and state vocational rehabilitation agencies. In November 2014 ETA hosted a webinar on this topic which is an excellent introduction to the effectiveness state or local workforce systems becoming Employment Networks (ENs) entitled "Disability Employment Initiative Workforce Employment Networks: Lessons Learned on Serving Ticketholders in the American Job Centers" This webinar will provided Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grantees and workforce development professionals with key lessons learned from the DEI Workforce Employment Networks that resulted in positive employment outcomes for job seekers receiving Social Security disability benefits. Participants attending the webinar learned about: -- Key developments and practices of DEI workforce Employments Networks for successful outcomes; -- The challenges of operating a Workforce Employment Network and pitfalls to avoid; -- Performance trends of workforce Employment Networks and how to experience success at the local AJC level; and -- About two real case stories of customers who accessed AJC services and their successful employment outcomes. To access this webinar, please click on View Page Now which will bring you to the Workforce 3 One video archive, or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001424737638913998/info
The Washington Post front page article on Sunday, October 19, 2014, profiled the huge backlog of disability claims and the Administrative Law Judge process that adjudicates these appeals. The Washington Post reports the SSA disability appeals backlog is now 990,399 cases behind with another 663,000 applications and 170,000 appeals pending. SSA currently supports 1,445 Administrative Law Judges. To view this article, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2014/10/18/the-biggest-backlog-in-the-federal-government/
Social Security Administration Acting Commissioner Colvin shares information and support on employing people with disabilities from SSA contractors and other employers. She issued the following announcement: "In 2015, our nation celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As with other important civil rights laws, the ADA upholds America’s message of inclusiveness, equality, and opportunity. More recently, the White House announced the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class initiative to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence among people with disabilities. Curb cuts (small ramps built into sidewalks to ease passage to the street, especially for people with physical disabilities) and other changes in buildings, transportation, and telecommunications have made America a more accessible and fairer nation. This initiative will bring the same type of commonsense solutions to enabling workers with disabilities to access good jobs and careers (i.e., middle class status). The White House expects government agencies to work together to assist people with disabilities, preparing the way for an array of jobs offered by federal contractors and other employers. I am committed to ensuring this endeavor succeeds. The White House is seeking nominations of Champions of Change employers that are improving career opportunities for people with disabilities. To learn more, click here. The deadline is midnight Sunday, September 14, 2014." To view SSA's full announcement, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/oag/comm_msg_employ_with_disabilities.htm
Mathematica Policy Research's (MPR) Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) is hosting a forum on Wednesday, September 17, from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (ET) at Mathematica's Washington, DC, office or via webinar. The employment of people with disabilities has become a topic of growing national concern. Over the past three decades, these individuals have experienced consistently low employment rates and high poverty rates, alongwith increased reliance on public programs. The rapid growth of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program—and the projected exhaustion of the SSDI Trust Fund by 2016 - have put a spotlight on programs and policies that promote employment for people with disabilities. Such programs and policies are important because employment is the only solution that can both reduce federal expenditures and improve the economic well-being of this vulnerable population. Our distinguished panel of speakers will discuss: - Factors associated with achieving return-to-work milestones among SSDI beneficiaries - The effectiveness of services provided to SSDI beneficiaries by state vocational rehabilitation agencies -The services, supports, and accommodations that people with disabilities use to find and keep work, how often they pay out of pocket for these supports, and how much they pay - Lessons learned that can inform the design of programs and policies that foster employment for people with disabilities To register for this forum/webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.disabilitypolicyresearch.org/events/csdp-forum-getting-a-job
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) have issued a joint Training and Employment Notice (TEN) NO. 02-14: Receiving Ticket to Work Payments as an Employment Network (EN), dated July 8, 2014. The purpose of TEN 02-14 is to replace the previously issued TEN No. 14-12, "Receiving Ticket to Work Payments as an Employment Network," issued on December 4, 2012. This TEN announces that the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) EN Payment Agreement has been rescinded by the Social Security Administration (SSA), and provides information on a new process for public workforce entities to become ENs under SSA's Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency (TTW) Program. To view the full text of TEN 02-14, please go to: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=8525
The U.S. Department of Labor announced on May 27, 2014 the availability of approximately $15 million in grants to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to increase the participation of people with disabilities in existing career pathways programs in the public workforce system. These grants represent the fifth round of funding through the Disability Employment Initiative, a joint program of the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. The DEI intends to build the public workforce system's capacity to effectively serve youth and adults with disabilities. To date the department has awarded more than $81 million through four rounds of funding to 26 state workforce agencies with projects in local workforce investment areas. The department anticipates awarding eight grants, ranging from $1.5 to $2.5 million, to be spent over a 42-month period. Workforce agencies interested in applying for this funding (SGA/DFA PY 13-11) should visit http://www.grants.gov. The deadline to apply is July 8, 2014. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY The grant opportunity is available via Grants.gov.
The Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Division of Tribal TANF Management in partnership with the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is pleased to announce a Webinar, "An Overview of Social Security Programs and Services Important to Tribal Communities" scheduled for Monday, May 5, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT. To register for the webinar, please click on Download or go to: https://peerta.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=viewWhatsNew§ionId=6§ionTopicId=24&nav=N#announcements
Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) is holding an Issue Forum and Webinar Presented on May 8, 2014 / Noon – 1:30 PM Eastern Time. Policies and initiatives have been evolving to promote competitive employment opportunities in which people with disabilities work alongside people without disabilities for at least minimum wage (integrated employment). Efforts are underway in several states to increase integrated employment among individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDDs), for whom employment rates are consistently low. Panel members will discuss: • How timely VR service receipt affects the subsequent application to and receipt of SSDI and SSI • New statistics on employment and SSA benefit receipt for youth ages 16 to 24 who applied for VR services, including the variation across states • Barriers that have hindered states' progress toward expanding integrated employment among individuals with IDDs • Lessons learned that can help states advance their efforts to transform their employment service systems To register for this webinar, please click on Download or go to: Webinar: Right on Time? Early Interventions and Initiatives for Promoting Employment
The Social Security Administration's Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities. New in 2014: - SSA increased the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) amount for individuals with disabilities, other than blindness, from$1,040 to $1,070 for 2014. • SSA increased the SGA amount for individuals who are blind from $1,740 to $1,800 for 2014. • The monthly earnings amount that SSA uses to determine if a month counts for the Trial Work Period month is $770 per month in 2014. • SSA increased the Supplemental Security Income Federal Benefit Rates (FBR) from $710 to $721 per month for an eligible individual and from $1,066 to $1,082 per month for an eligible couple for 2014. • For 2014, the amount of earnings that will have no effect on eligibility or benefits for SSI beneficiaries who are students has increased from $6,960 to $7,060 a year. The amount of earnings that SSA can exclude each month, until it has excluded the maximum for the year, has increased from $1,730 to $1,750 a month. • For 2014, the monthly Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance Base Premium is $426 and the 45 percent Reduced Premium is $234. The Part B Supplemental Medical Insurance monthly Base Premium is $104.90, the same as it was in 2013. To access the Red Book, please click on Download or go to: http://socialsecurity.gov/redbook/index.html