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Walk to End Alzheimer's This September

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the largest national event aimed to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in all 50 states in more than 600 communities, this event rallies volunteers of all ages to become activists in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

You can help raise awareness by participating in a free local event near you!  

At the Walk events, you can learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and the support programs and services offered by your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter. You can also get involved with the cause through advocacy initiatives and clinical trial participation.

You can find a walk near you by visiting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s homepage and entering your zip code. 


National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities: Advocating and Educating to Remove Barriers to Education and Employment for People with Disabilities

By Karen J. McCulloh, RN, BS, and Beth Marks, PhD, RN

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The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2003 in the state of Illinois. As a grass roots organization established by nurses with disabilities, NOND’s mission is to promote equity for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions in nursing through education and advocacy by:

  • promoting best practices in education and employment
  • providing resources to individuals, nursing and disability organizations, disability services professionals, healthcare professionals, educational and healthcare institutions
  • influencing the provision of culturally responsive nursing practice, and
  • creating systemic improvements in education and employment.

Through NOND, we are challenging the stereotypes and myths about people with disabilities who want to become nurses or have become disabled after earning their license and want to return to or remain in the workforce.

To enter healthcare educational programs, candidates must be academically qualified.  Some students may take courses ahead of time to be better prepared for consideration for admission.  After admission, the greatest challenge for students with disabilities may be obtaining reasonable accommodations that can assist them in their success as they move forward through a program. 

Participation in the labor force by people with disabilities is 21 percent compared to 69 percent of their non-disabled peers without disabilities. To increase participation, NOND supports the legal changes made in the last 30 years to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Learning about your civil rights and responsibilities should begin prior to entering a health care educational program or returning to work as a nurse with a disability. Visit and learn more about your rights and how to advocate.


In September We Recognize Suicide Prevention

One suicide occurs every 40 seconds, claiming 1 million lives worldwide each year. This includes 300,000 Americans, making suicide the third leading cause of death for people age 15 through 24 and the second leading cause for people age 24 through 35. According to the CDC, there is no single cause of suicide, but risk factors can include a history of depression or mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, physical illness, family history, and feeling alone.Suicide prevention logo

You can participate in activities to help combat this issue.  The American Association of Suicidology sponsors National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8-14, as part of the recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, sponsored by the  International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

If you are working and struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, your employer’s Human Resources department may be able to provide confidential assistance to employees dealing with these issues.

Suicide is preventable. You can Learn the warning signs and risk factors for suicide.  If you or someone you know is in a suicidal crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK).


Register for the National Work Incentives Seminar Event Webinar: Ticket to Work for People Who Have a Mental Illness: Support on Your Journey to Employment

Register NOW!

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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 greater financial independence.

The September 17, 2014 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:

  • Ticket to Work & Work Incentives
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Where to find more information

Register online  or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) to join us on Wednesday, September 17 from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT.


Email us at or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).


Your Value to the American Workforce

Labor Day marked more than just the end of summer and the start of school for some of us. On this day we honored and celebrated the contributions American workers have made to strengthen and move this nation forward.

When this holiday originated in the late 1800s, most of the protections American workers benefit from today did not exist. Many people worked longer hours under unsafe conditions, and children as young as five worked in mills, factories and mines. President Grover Cleveland commemorated Labor Day as a federal holiday in 1887. Learn more about the history of Labor Day on the Department of Labor site.

While people with disabilities are a part of the American workforce and have added to the nation’s growth, employment hurdles have often been greatest for people with disabilities.  

Labor Day serves as a reminder of the value of work for yourself, your family, and your community:

“The basic bargain of America is that no matter who you are, where you come from or what you look like, if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it.”

Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez


Money Mondays: 4 Ways to Obtain Assistive Technology

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Assistive technology (AT) broadens the everyday possibilities for people with disabilities, especially in the workplace. For example, adapted keyboards make it easier for individuals who may not have use of one of their limbs to type and use the computer, while screen reader programs help people who are blind or have low vision access information.

From voice recognition software to hand tools with accessible features (e.g. hammers, measuring instruments), you can learn more about how AT can help you in the workplace in this fact sheet from AbleData.

We know that AT can sometimes be expensive. The good thing is there are a number of ways to help you get the AT you may need. Learn about some of these options:

  1. Health Insurance: If you have a medical need for assistive technology, such as a wheelchair, scooter, walker, crutches or a prosthetic device, your health insurance (including Medicare and Medicaid) may help cover the cost. You will need to get a prescription from your  doctor and make sure the device is considered “Durable Medical Equipment” by your insurer.


Register Now! Social Security's Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: August 27, 2014: Ticket to Work: Finding and Keeping the Job That's Right for You

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 August 27 national WISE webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that can help you on your path to financial independence! A special guest speaker will discuss:

  • Exploring your work goals
  • Building your employment team
  • Work Incentives that can help you once you have a job

Register online at or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

Approximately 2 days before the event, you will receive an email 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 September 17 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).


Ballroom Dancer is Inspired to Keep Moving: Megan Riggs' Story

Our You Can Work blog series continues to celebrate the achievements of adults with disabilities who have found their path to a better future with help from the Ticket to Work program. This month, we catch up with Megan Riggs, a young woman who recently started her own business (Dance4 Life & Health, LLC), which provides a range of classes for seniors who want to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Megan feels lucky to be earning money doing something that makes her feel alive. It is a personal achievement few can claim, and one she would not have imagined possible six years earlier.

In 2008, clinical depression robbed Megan of the energy and momentum that she needed to thrive. When she became sick, she lost her job and struggled. Megan began receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and focused on healing. When she was feeling better, she had a strong desire to go back to work, and found help when she connected with TransCen, Inc., a Ticket program service provider, that introduced her to resources that could help her succeed in the workforce.

TransCen began by addressing Megan’s concerns about the risks connected with going back to work. She learned about Social Security rules called Work Incentives, which make it easier for people to explore work and still receive health care and some cash benefits. With a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science, Megan was well equipped for the job she landed months later at a biomedical research company. She regained the focus she had lost, along with a greater sense of control in her life. She made progress at work and by 2011, earned enough money to leave cash benefits behind. Megan resumed competitive ballroom dancing, recovered her physical health, and went back to the social lifestyle she missed.


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