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More Jobs for People with Disabilities: Section 503 and You!

A live Twitter Chat with @USDOL on Friday, October 24 at 12 PM EDT.

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You’re invited to join Ticket to Work for a live Twitter Chat with the Department of Labor (DOL) on Friday, October 24 at 12 PM EDT.

This month, we will be discussing Section 503, the new regulations that promise more job opportunities than ever for people with disabilities. Section 503 requires federal contractors to take deliberate steps to recruit, hire, and retain people with disabilities. The new rules also allow you to voluntarily self-identify as a person with a disability. Federal contractors offer a wide variety of jobs, ranging from food service to economic consulting, and everything in between.

Learn what these rules mean for you and how you can find out about these opportunities. We’ll also share information on how Ticket to Work can help you along the way. 

Join us on Friday, October 24 at 12 PM EDT using #DEchat.

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Register Now! National Work Incentives Seminar Event, Wednesday October 22

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar Ticket to Work: Support Services for People Who Have a Disability and Are Ready to Work

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 3:00 PM, EDT 

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 October 22 national WISE webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you! Disability benefits experts will teach you about:

  • Ticket to Work & Work Incentives
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the value of mentorship
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and where to find more information

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

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Start Your Job Search At A Career Fair This Month!

Throughout the month of October, in-person and virtual career fairs will take place nationwide. Career fairs can provide you with great opportunities to interact with employers and recruiters who are hiring and help keep you informed of their latest job openings. Check out the in-person and virtual events and considering engaging with organizations to help you plan to start or advance your career search!

Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair

This virtual career fair will connect qualified job seekers with disabilities to companies nationwide who are actively recruiting. Think Beyond the Label is a vast online community and partners with employment service agencies and student organizations to provide you with these unique opportunities. This career fair allows for one-on-one interactions with recruiters, so that you can learn in real-time about the many job opportunities employers are providing.

Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs (In-person)

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

  • October 8, 2014 – Dallas, TX
  • October 15, 2014 – Phoenix, AZ

Hiring our Heroes for Veterans (In-person)

Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, helps Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 560 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

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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.


Questions?

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

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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 www.choosework.net/wise 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).

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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!

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.

Hiring Our Heroes for Veterans (In-person)

Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, helps Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 560 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

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Webinar Spotlight: Alliance Professional Services and Arizona Bridge to Independent Living!

Section 503

Join us on July 30, 2014, for a national WISE webinar: More Jobs for People with Disabilities: What New Regulations Can Mean for You!

The 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 requires federal contractors and subcontractors to take action to recruit, hire, train, promote, and retain people with disabilities.

Our presenters for this webinar represent two Employment Networks (EN): Susan Webb from ABIL Employment Services (AES) and Pam Walker from Alliance Professional Services. ENs can work with you to discuss Section 503, including job opportunities, self-identification and reasonable accommodations.

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Celebrating Independence on the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Earlier this month Americans celebrated our nation's independence. This week, we celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

On July 26th 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The ADA, he declared, was “. . .the world’s first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities.” Its impact was monumental. From employment and transportation, to government services and telecommunications, the ADA promised equal access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities from all walks of life.

For twenty-four years the ADA has ensured people with disabilities protection from employment discrimination, equal access to public places like schools, businesses, and government buildings, and access to communications technology enabling the free transmission of ideas and information. And as a result, more people with disabilities than ever are able to achieve their potential. In the words of Bob Williams, former Associate Commissioner for Social Security's Office of Employment Support Programs, “The Americans with Disabilities Act works.”  Mr. Williams was a leader in the fight to pass the ADA and witnessed the signing ceremony.

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