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May 1, 2013
The 64th annual Mental Health Month observance this May celebrates Pathways to Wellness, the diverse strategies that individuals use to attain better overall health, including emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health.
According to Mental Health America, wellness is “an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a more successful existence.” Wellness is a conscious pursuit of health and working towards achieving one’s full potential. The pathway to wellness includes a healthy diet, regular exercise, relaxation and plenty of rest. Overall wellness contributes to your readiness and ability to work, and meaningful work can then also help you continue on the path to wellness.
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May 21, 2013
Participate today! May 21, 2013 from 1-4pm EST
The Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fairs create a unique forum and experience for you to engage real time with employers who are ready to hire! People with disabilities and the businesses that employ them are leading, innovating and evolving the workforce. Registration is free, so get registered now!
To learn more about the online career fair visit www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com/Start-Hiring/CareerFair.aspx.
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May 21, 2013
Throughout this month we continue to share information in effort to provide an understanding of mental illness and reduce the stigma that keeps many people from seeking help. During the week of May 19-25, we recognize Older Americans Mental Health Week. This week is dedicated to promoting mental health among the aging community and preventing discrimination against older adults who have mental health problems and other disabilities.
Take some time this week to learn about your mental wellness. Use these tips to learn whether you need to seek help for yourself or someone you know who is aging with a disability.
May 20, 2013
The road to employment and to having more income and being financially independent is different for everyone. The Ticket to Work program and Work Incentives allows you to discover a new career or return to a previous one to earn more money. The program offers services and supports to guide you on your path to financial independence.
What does financial independence mean?
Financial independence means being able to support yourself to meet your wants and needs with money that you earn from a job
It means being able to make choices and have options about what you buy, where you live, and what you do with your free time
It means not being limited by Social Security disability benefits and working your way off of cash benefits whenever possible
Learn what financial independence means to some of our Success Story participants who used the Ticket to Work program and Work Incentives to return to work or find a new job. Meet Robert and Megan and see how they are doing on their journey to financial independence
Working can lead to more than just financial independence! Through work, you can:
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May 20, 2013
Be a part of an online discussion regarding a better federal approach for those transitioning from school to work.
To examine the impact of existing federal regulations and legislation on the successful transition from school to work of youth with disabilities, a free, public online dialogue will be held May 13-27, 2013. The Social Security Administration and the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services will host the event and invite stakeholders such as youth with disabilities, their parents, policymakers, service providers, advocates, and others to join this online dialogue to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities.
Why is this happening?
The four host agencies want to ensure that all youth benefit from collective federal resources to achieve economic empowerment and maximize independence. Your input in this conversation is extremely important because studies and reports have shown that, compared to their peers without disabilities, students with disabilities are less likely to receive a regular high school diploma; twice as likely to drop out of school; and half as likely to enroll in and complete post secondary education programs. Up to two years after leaving high school, about 4 in 10 youth with disabilities are employed, compared to 6 in 10 same-age, out-of-school youth in the general population (National Center for Education Statistics, 2000; National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 [NLTS-2], 2005).
Your input can help these agencies identify federal legislative and regulatory barriers and opportunities to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities. It will also facilitate their working together strategically on an interagency basis to foster the alignment of policies, programs, and practices that support the successful transition from school to work of youth with disabilities. Once the dialogue has closed, a summary report will be made public.
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May 16, 2013
By Guest Blogger, Anne Tucker
Guest blogger and mother Anne Tucker shares another personal piece from her experiences with her sons with autism. If you missed her first post, be sure to check out The Power of a Broken Heart.
By now, most of us who own a TV and have internet access know that April is Autism Awareness month. Autism Speaks has done an outstanding job over the past decade raising awareness around the condition that 1 in 88 children in the United States live with. For that, I am extraordinarily grateful. Both my sons are on the autism spectrum, and because of this heightened awareness, my family has been met with acceptance, understanding and compassion the vast majority of the time.
With that said, I have noticed that where we are lacking as a collective is appreciating the special gifts, talents and abilities this population has to share with us. My son, Ethan, started using a technique called facilitated communication several months ago. Now that he can type to express his thoughts and ideas I have been literally and figuratively brought to my knees again and again with the depth of understanding he holds.
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May 15, 2013
Ticket to Work for People who have a Mental Illness: Support on Your Journey to Employment
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 3:00 PM, EDT
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 May 22 national WISE webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you! We will share a success story of an individual with a mental illness who found employment through Ticket to Work, and you will also learn from experts about:
Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
You will receive a registration confirmation message 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 May 22 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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May 13, 2013
Megan Riggs, a Ticket to Work success story, successfully used the Ticket to find employment. We first featured Megan in October 2011, telling the story of how she worked with TransCen, an Employment Network, to find a job as a Document Control Specialist. We recently caught up with her to learn about her progress since then.
Despite some setbacks, Megan is still advancing in her employment journey with the help and support of Ticket to Work and Work Incentives. Watch or read her original success story, and then listen or read the transcript to the Ticket Talk podcast to see how she is doing now!
Megan is proof that the Ticket to Work program and Work Incentives provide continued support and protection even after one has worked enough to reduce or eliminate their cash benefit. Megan is currently using the Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE) Work Incentive, which provides 36 consecutive months of continued eligibility for Social Security benefits while you work.
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