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An Open Message to Social Security Disability Beneficiaries from Associate Commissioner Bob Williams

Every year, thousands of people with disabilities find jobs and leave behind Social Security disability benefits to support themselves and create better futures.  As you think about going to work, Social Security wants you to be confident in your choice and to understand what Ticket to Work is all about:

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  • The Ticket program offers you the help you need to work, earn more money, and support yourself as much as possible.
  • The Ticket program is voluntary. You decide if it’s right for you.
  • Ticket to Work gives you the choice to partner with an approved Employment Network (EN) or your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agency to get the career counseling, job placement, ongoing support, and other services you need to be able to become or stay employed or find a better job.
  • The goal of Ticket is for you to earn a better quality of life through work than you had on benefits and to give you a safety net while you work toward supporting yourself.
  • By participating in the Ticket program, you are agreeing to try your best to earn your way off cash benefits.
  • Social Security understands that going to work is a major change, and if you can’t completely eliminate your need for cash benefits, you won’t be blamed.
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Event Recap: February 29th Facebook Question & Answer

On February 29th we answered YOUR questions at our second Facebook Question and Answer (Q&A) event. It was held after our monthly WISE webinar

Questions and answers were on such topics as part-time work, school, Ticket to Work and other Work Incentives. We hope you enjoyed the session as much as we did!

A special thanks to our guest experts Dawn Porter of South Carolina Pathways, Tamara Tavai of Human Potential Consultants, LLC, and Debra Schwartz of Social Security for helping to answer questions.

If you missed the event, you can read the transcript by clicking “Read More.”

You can also always get your questions answered by calling the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) 866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD) or connecting with a service provider using our Find Help Tool.

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Join Us for a Twitter Chat on March 30th!

The Ticket to Work program is sponsoring its first Twitter chat! On Friday, March 30th, between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. ET, follow @chooseworkssa and the hashtag #DEchat (for Disability Employment chat) to participate.

Twitter Chat A Twitter chat is a set time on Twitter for discussion of a topic using a specific hashtag (in this case, #DEchat). Usually, one Twitter user will keep the chat going by raising questions or responding to comments, but everyone can participate! The purpose of the chat is to get a whole lot of people talking about an interesting topic at the same time. The chat allows participants to share what they know and connect with others! Twitter chats on all sorts of topics happen all the time on Twitter.

Our first Twitter chat topic will be “Career Help for People with Developmental Disabilities” in honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, observed each  year in March. To help stimulate the conversation, Sharon Lewis, Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will join us in leading the chat.

If you are new to Twitter, learn how to get started, and join us on the 30th! Additionally, EasyChirp provides an accessible alternative to Twitter that is easier to use and optimized for use by people with disabilities.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send a direct message (DM) to @chooseworkssa on Twitter! Chat with  you on the 30th!

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Preventing and Managing Overpayments: A Webinar for Social Security Beneficiaries

Join us on March 28 to learn how you can prevent and manage overpayments of your Social Security benefits. This special Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar will teach you about:
 

WISE webinars are for people who receive Social Security benefits and others who want to learn about the Ticket to Work program and Work Incentives. WISE webinars are free and fully accessible from your phone and computer. Each webinar includes an informational presentation and a question and answer session. This WISE webinar will be held on March 28 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., EST.

If you cannot make the live event, want to watch the webinar again, or are looking for a particular webinar topic, visit our webinar library.

When you are ready to find a good job that leads to a good career and a better self-supporting future, attend a WISE webinar! Our next WISE webinar is March 28, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. EST.  Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).

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Social Security's Ticket to Work Program Launches 2011 Online Report Cards for Employment Networks!

Each year, Social Security’s Ticket to Work program publishes Employment Network (EN) Report Cards. The 2011 EN Report Cards are now available!

An EN can help you prepare for, find and keep work. EN Report Cards help people with disabilities choose an EN that can best serves their needs. Picking the right EN can help you reach your career goals.

EN Report Cards provide you with valuable information on the services ENs offer and about their performance. For example, they show you how many clients the EN has served and how many the EN has helped to get and keep a job. When the data is available, the EN Report Card also shows a customer’s satisfaction.

Check out an EN Report Card now!

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Motivations through the Ticket to Work Program

In a recent interview with Disaboom, Tamara Mena, a motivational speaker and model, candidly shared her personal experiences with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Ticket to Work program.

Here are some of her thoughts and tips.  

  1. On Motivation and Attitude “Generally in life, but even more so when we face tragedies, we have the ability to see ourselves either as survivors and fighters or victims. Life is what we make of it, and we have the power to do ANYTHING.”
     
  2. On the Importance of Education “After my accident, the first thing I had to do was work arduously to regain my independence, all so I could go back to college and finish strong. I wanted to be passionate about the Communications major I chose to study.”
     
  3. On Job Interviews Tamara believes just like anyone looking for a job, your resume should be professional, and you should dress appropriately for the job.  She encourages you to:
  • Show confidence
  • Be aware of your energy level
  • Present a good attitude
  • Don’t put the focus on your disability
  • Research the employer
  • Have passion for the job
  1. On Employment and the Ticket to Work Program "Most people with disabilities are scared they will immediately lose their benefits if they go back to work. This is a fallacy. Ticket to Work will support you. They don’t just drop you when you decide to go back to work; they will work through the process with you.”

Read the full Disaboom interview with Tamara Mena.

Thanks, Tamara, for sharing your successes with Ticket to Work!

For Ticket to Work information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work, email support@chooseworkttw.net, or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).

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