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Your Questions Answered! June 25th Facebook Questions & Answers (Q&A) Transcript

Following our June 25th WISE Webinar, “Ticket to Work: Free Support Services for Young Adults in Transition,” we took to our Facebook page to answer your disability employment-related questions. We addressed a variety of questions about the Ticket to Work program, Work Incentives and the path to financial independence for youth in transition. Thank you to all who participated, and we hope to see the rest of you next time! Follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/choosework) to receive announcements of future events! If you are interested in work and would like to discuss your situation now, speak with a Ticket to Work representative at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) or find a service provider using our Find Help tool.

Check out the transcripts of the June 25th Facebook Q&A below:

Note: Questions are listed first in each section. Responses from the Ticket to Work experts are labeled “Expert Response.” Additional comments from fans are labeled “Fan Comment (or Fan Response).” Comments from the moderator are labeled “Moderator Comment.” This transcript was recorded from the chat itself and to preserve authenticity, only egregious spelling errors were corrected and some responses were rearranged to group by question. Please excuse any additional grammar or spelling errors.

Below are acronyms used throughout the chat:

EN: Employment Network

SSI: Supplemental Security Income

SSDI: Social Security Disability Insurance

TTW: Ticket to Work

VR: Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

WISE (webinar): Work Incentives Seminar Event

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Find Ticket to Work at the Project SEARCH Conference in Omaha, Nebraska July 21-25

From July 21-25, representatives of Social Security’s Ticket to Work program will be attending the 8th annual Project SEARCH Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Project SEARCH works to help young adults with disabilities to develop the skills they need to secure employment. Their school-to-work program immerses high school students in a one-year program that takes place entirely in the workplace. Since 1996, the program has grown to more than 200 sites across the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia.

Each year, the conference offers a variety of workshops presented by Project SEARCH staff, instructors, job coaches, business liaisons, and other partners. This year’s conference will highlight the latest research and strategies for job skills training, student recruitment, technology, and many other techniques and tools that can help young people with disabilities gain skills that can lead to employment.

The Ticket to Work program will present a workshop titled “Using Your Ticket to Work: Help on Your Journey to Financial Independence.” This workshop will describe how Ticket to Work can provide support to youth who receive disability benefits, are in transition, and on the journey toward employment. The workshop will cover the basics of the program, such as eligibility and services available to beneficiaries. Participants will also learn how to use our Find Help tool, which helps users find support along the journey to financial independence.

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Register Now! Social Security's Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: July 30, 2014: More Jobs for People with Disabilities: What New Regulations Can Mean for You

Section 503

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 July 30, 2014, national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you, including details about Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 503 is a regulation that prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against people with disabilities and requires these employers to take action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these people with disabilities. The presentation will include information on:  

  • What the changes to Section 503 mean for Social Security disability beneficiaries
  • Tips for self-identification during the application and hiring process
  • How to find and prepare for Section 503 opportunities

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Start Your Job Search Today at a Career Fair!

Throughout the month, in-person and virtual career fairs are taking place around the country. If you are looking for work, a career fair gives you an opportunity to get connected with employers who are currently hiring and talk directly with their recruiters. Additionally, virtual career fairs offer a unique opportunity for you to engage in real time from wherever you are with employers who are ready to hire!

Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair (Online)

The Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair will connect job seekers with disabilities to employers nationwide who are actively recruiting. This opportunity allows for one-on-one interactions with recruiters, so that you can gain exposure and learn about job opportunities directly from employers.

Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs (In-person)

Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs provide the opportunity for local and national employers to meet and interview qualified candidates from diverse communities.

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Register Now! Social Security's Free Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: June 25, 2014: Ticket to Work: Free Services for Young Adults in Transition

June 2014 WISE Webinar

If you are a young adult 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 June 25, 2014, free national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you! Join the webinar to learn about Ticket to Work & Work Incentives, questions and answers about working while on benefits, free employment services available to you, and where you can find the help needed to achieve your work goals.  You will hear from Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts about resources especially for young adults in transition:

Immediately following this webinar, log on for our Facebook Question and Answer Session and receive expert answers to your questions about Ticket to Work!

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

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Missed Our Last #DEChat? Check Out the Transcript and Resources!

On May 30, 2014, at 12 p.m. EDT, we talked about mental health and employment services with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For everyone who joined the #DEChat discussion, including NAMI and SAMHSA, we would like to say thank you!

If you were unable to attend, you can download the transcript (PDF) here.

During the #DEChat, we shared a number of resources related to mental health and disability employment, and the Ticket to Work program. We’ve listed all the resources below and have included resources related to the Ticket program.

Mental health and disability employment resources:

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Start Your Job Search Today at a Career Fair!

Throughout the month, in-person and virtual career fairs are taking place around the country. If you are looking for work, a career fair gives you an opportunity to get connected with employers who are currently hiring and talk directly with their recruiters. Additionally, virtual career fairs offer a unique opportunity for you to engage in real time from wherever you are with employers who are ready to hire!

AbilityLinks Virtual Job Fair (Virtual)

AbilityLinks, a job opportunity website for people with disabilities and inclusive employers, is hosting a job fair in the month of June. This three-day online event will match talented job seekers to employment opportunities from entry level to technical and professional.

Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs (In-person)

Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs (DED) provides the opportunity for local and national employers to meet and interview qualified candidates from diverse communities.

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Join the May 30th Twitter Chat (#DEChat): "Mental Health Month: A Discussion on Mental Health and Employment"

You are invited to join our live Twitter chat on May 30, 2014, at 12 p.m. EDT. We will be talking about mental health and employment services with the National Alliance on Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Get your questions answered and learn about mental health and employment resources by participating in the discussion!

Here are the event details:

  • Topic: Mental Health Month: A Discussion on Mental Health and Employment
  • Hashtag: #DEChat
  • Date of: Friday, May 30, 2014, 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. You can also follow the discussion in our chat room.

If you’re interested in learning more about employment through the Ticket to Work program prior to the Twitter chat, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) and talk to one of our Help Line representatives.

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