Get to Work!

New Web sites help people with disabilities find jobs 

Article Highlights:
  • The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a new Web site for people receiving disability benefits who want to enter or return to the workforce.
  • The Choose Work site explains SSA work incentives and helps access local resources.
  • Other new sites offer state-by-state information on how working will affect benefits, as well as an updated version of the guidebook  “Going to Work.”
by Miriam Davidson on March 11, 2010 - 10:07am

The Social Security Administration (SSA) and other service providers have launched several new Web sites for people with disabilities who want to work.

The Choose Work site contains first-person accounts by people who have used the SSA's work incentives; videos, including a seminar on work incentives; help finding local resources; and more. The site can be found at http://www.choosework.net/.

Help in understanding work incentives and how working would affect your benefits can be found at https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/oesp/providers.nsf/bystate. This site offers a state-by-state list of service providers for people with disabilities seeking work.

The Institute for Community Inclusion has issued an updated version of its guide “Going to Work: A Guide to Social Security Benefits and Employment for Young People with Disabilities (2009 edition).” The booklet provides basic information about Social Security disability and health benefit programs; discusses what happens to SSA disability and health benefits when you go to work; and explains how to maximize your options when you go to work. For more information go to http://www.communityinclusion.org/article.php?article_id=211

Another new Web site shows how state vocational rehabilitation agencies and employment networks can take advantage of a new service delivery option under the Ticket to Work program. To access the online tool kit, go to http://partnershipplus.cessi.net/ .

 

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