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Social Security Administration’s Work Incentives Wednesdays Monthly Blog Series

From the Social Security Administration:

In our new monthly Work Incentives Wednesdays blog series, we will tell you about Social Security Work Incentives that can help you meet your work goals. Work Incentives make it easier for people who receive Social Security disability benefits to work and still receive medical benefits and, in some cases, cash benefits from Social Security. Work Incentives can help you through the transition to work and towards financial independence. Read this month's post, Work Incentive Wednesday: Plan to Achieve Self Support (PASS) to learn how a PASS may be able to help you reach your work goals.
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Ticket to Work’s “Meet Your Employment Team” blog series

From Ticket to Work:

The Ticket to Work program offers people with disabilities who are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security benefits (SSI or SSDI) free access to a variety of service providers who can help them reach their employment goals. If you are starting your journey back to work or working for the first time, there are resources to help you succeed. In our two-part Meet Your Employment Team blog series, we look at who makes up your employment team and what each provider offers. In Part 1, WIPA Projects and PABSS Organizations, you will receive an introduction to Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) projects and Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) organizations. In Part 2, ENs and State VR agencies, learn more about what services Employment Networks (ENs) and State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies offer. Be sure to join our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar on February 22. We’ll present information about choosing a service provider that’s right for you. Register today!
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The WV DDC is accepting applications for the 17-18 PIP Class

From the WV DDC:

The WV Developmental Disabilities Council is currently accepting applications for the 2017 -2018 Partners in Policymaking (PIP) Class. PIP is a national leadership training program for people with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. It provides the most current information about disability issues and develops the skills necessary for effective advocacy to influence public policy at all levels of government. A recent PIP graduate had this to say about her experience: “I can honestly say being part of this group has changed my life and the life of my daughter and for that I am eternally grateful. I can only hope that the confidence and hope you now see inside me can be thanks enough.” National and State leaders in the developmental disability field will provide information on current issues and state-of-the-art practices important to individuals with developmental disabilities. The Council covers expenses for participants’ training, lodging, meals, and a portion of travel for eight training sessions between the months of September 2017 and May 2018. All training sessions will be held in the Charleston area. For more information or to obtain an application, please go to our website at www.ddc.wv.gov or contact Christy Black by phone at 304-558-0416, email at Christy.D.Black@wv.gov. Applications are due by June 30, 2017. Join the thousands of PIP graduates from similar programs across the country in advocating for better policy, services, and supports for people with developmental disabilities!
PIP Application (PDF) Read More > The WV DDC is accepting applications for the 17-18 PIP Class

WVATS Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2016: Universal Design

WVATS Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2016: Universal Design (cedwvu.org) Read More > WVATS Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2016: Universal Design

Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living receives $611,787 Grant

Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living receives $611,787 Grant (clearmountainbank.com) Read More > Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living receives $611,787 Grant

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar

From the Social Security Administration:

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: Ticket to Work: Choosing a Service Provider That's Right for You Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET If you are age 18 through 64, receive Social Security Disability benefits, and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support that you need! Join us on February 22, 2017, for the latest WISE webinar. We will be presenting information on Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you, such as:
  • Ticket to Work and Work Incentives;
  • How to choose a service provider that’s right for you; and
  • The importance of receiving long-term employment supports after you start working.
Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (Voice) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY). You will receive a registration confirmation message 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.
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Ticket to Work Success Story

An email from the Social Security Administration.

A new Ticket to Work success story is now available at https://www.choosework.net/library/shileta-gorham-success-story. Our most recent success story focuses on Shileta Gorham, who has Cerebral Palsy and found success with the Ticket to Work program. Shileta is currently a staff member of the DC Center for Independent Living where she spends much of her time guiding youth with disabilities through self-discovery and life planning. Mentoring is important to Shileta and has played an important role in her own life. "Having someone who could relate to my situation and offer guidance would have been helpful, some part of me always knew I wanted to help fill that void for other young people who were experiencing uncertainty," says Shileta. Learn more about Shileta and other Ticket to Work success stories at https://choosework.net/success-stories/index.html. If you want to learn about how the Ticket program could help you return to work, contact the Ticket to Work Helpline at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, send us an email at support@chooseworkttw.net, or visit https://www.ssa.gov/work/.
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CDHH Video on using TTY from an iPhone

Did you know you can answer and make TTY calls using your iPhone? Check out a video from the WV Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing! Smartphone TTY from wvcdhh@gmail.com on Vimeo.

Article from PBS on Assistive Technology.

Here is an article from PBS on Assistive Technology (AT) (pbs.org).  Information on AT can be found in the Parent’s Advocacy Guide to Special Education in Chapter 3 on page 30.  A sample letter to request an AT evaluation can be found in Chapter 3 on page 67.  You can call DRWV at 800-950-5250 to request a free copy of the Parent’s Advocacy Guide.

The SILC is Soliciting for New Members

The WV Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) Soliciting for new members. The deadline to apply is February 10, 2017. SILC nomination letter (docx) SILC nomination application (doc)