October 8, 2012
How can volunteering build up your resume? How can serving others help make you more appealing to potential employers? On October 26 at 12 p.m. EDT, join us as we discuss these questions and disability employment on Twitter. You are cordially invited to participate in our third #DEChat (disability employment chat) Twitter Chat!
Here are the event details:
Topic: From Community Service to Employment: Developing Career Skills and Networks through Community Service
Date of: Friday, October 26, 2012, 12:00 p.m. EDT
Instructions: Sign in to Twitter and follow us @chooseworkssa and participate by using hashtag #DEChat in your posts. It will be a fun and informative discussion.
We are excited to also have Sheila Fesko, director of National Service to Employment Program (NextSTEP), join us.
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June 11, 2012
Calling all youth and young adults, parents, caregivers, and disability community advocates: attend our upcoming Twitter Chat on June 22 at 12 p.m. EDT. This month, follow us @chooseworkssa and the hashtag #DEchat as we are partnering with @AAPD (The American Association of People with Disabilities) to discuss Career Help for Youth-in-Transition.
We want to hear from you! Whether you are curious in how young adults with disabilities can get started in their career or want to share your tips and experiences, we welcome your thoughts and opinions.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send a direct message (DM) to @chooseworkssa on Twitter!
Feel free to also help spread the word either on Twitter or by distributing the event flyer. Download and distribute the event flyer.
We hope you can join us on Friday, June 22!
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April 16, 2012
Social Security recently released information on 52 new Compassionate Allowances (CA) conditions mainly involving neurological disorders, cancers and rare diseases. The CA program identifies medical conditions resulting in significant disability and speeds up benefit eligibility decisions pertaining to them. In most cases, this enables Americans with these conditions to receive a decision within days instead of months or years. To read the full press release, visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/pr/compassionate-allowances-0412-pr.htm.
Social Security is also improving its online disability application process. If you've already filed an application and it was denied, you can file an electronic appeal, reducing the amount of paperwork involved.
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April 11, 2012
On Friday, March 30th, Ticket to Work hosted the inaugural Disability Employment Chat (#DEChat) on Twitter. In honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, our topic was “Career Help for People with Developmental Disabilities.” Sharon Lewis, Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, helped us answer questions and shared resources. We would like to thank Sharon as well as everyone who participated in the discussion! Overall, 22 people participated, and the discussion ran to over 100 Tweets!
Did you miss the chat?
Here are three ways to see what happened:
#DEChat highlights on Storify from one of the chat participants,
The transcript via CoverItLive below
Or the text transcript after the Read More link
Stay tuned for an announcement of our next Twitter chat in the coming months! Have an idea for a chat? Share it in the comments! And as always, follow us on Twitter, @chooseworkssa, and “Like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/choosework.
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March 30, 2012
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:
March 27, 2012
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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March 13, 2012
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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March 2, 2012
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.
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.”
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.”
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:
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
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 email@example.com, or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).
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