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New SSA Blog: Talking About Disability Disclosure

Talking about Disability Disclosure Jul 16, 2018 By Melanie Whetzel, M.A., CBIS Lead Consultant, Cognitive/Neurological Team, Job Accommodation Network Many people struggle with the idea of disclosing their disabilities in the workplace, and for many good reasons. Disclosure involves giving out personal, medical, and/or disability information to an employer. It can be overwhelming and scary. How much information should I provide? When is the best time to do it? Will my employer keep the information confidential? Will he or she use it against me? These are all valid questions that may run through the mind of an applicant or employee trying to determine if he or she needs to disclose a disability. If you need reasonable accommodations in the workplace or for the application or hiring process, disclosure is a very real and necessary step in the accommodation process. It is the first and sometimes most difficult step. So what exactly is involved? When disclosing personal information about a disability,… Read More > New SSA Blog: Talking About Disability Disclosure

New SSA Blog: Inspector General Warns Public About SSA Impersonation Schemes

Inspector General Warns Public About SSA Impersonation Schemes Posted on July 16, 2018 by Andrew Cannarsa, OIG Communications Director The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about ongoing Social Security Administration (SSA) impersonation schemes.  SSA and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have recently received several reports of suspicious phone calls claiming to be from SSA. In one case, an automated recording states the person’s Social Security number (SSN) “has been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity,” and the person should contact a provided phone number immediately to resolve the issue.  The call concludes by stating if the person does not contact the provided phone number, the person’s assets will be frozen until the alleged issue is resolved.  In another case, a caller claims to be from “SSA headquarters” and waits for the person to provide personal information, such as an SSN, address, and date of birth.  In January, the OIG shared similar… Read More > New SSA Blog: Inspector General Warns Public About SSA Impersonation Schemes

New SSA Blog Post: Make the Most of Your Summer

Make the Most of Your Summer Jul 12, 2018 It may be easy to think of summer as a time to take a break and relax. But while you’re relaxing, you can also use this time to plan for your future, including researching and considering career and internship opportunities or gearing up for your transition to college. Career exploration and training One popular summer activity for current students and recent graduates is participating in an internship. Internships are usually short-term work opportunities that allow you to get experience in a career that interests you or to explore different fields as you consider your career options. They may be paid or unpaid and often allow you to network with other staff and interns at the organization and build skills to advance in your career. Another option is an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are paid positions that focus on training individuals for a trade or profession with instruction, training and job shadowing where you… Read More > New SSA Blog Post: Make the Most of Your Summer

New WISE Seminar: Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations

Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations Wednesday, July 25, 2018 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET If you are age 18-64, receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI), and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need! Join us on July 25, 2018, for the next WISE webinar. We will be joined by our guest, the Job Accommodation Network, and we’ll provide answers to questions like: What are reasonable accommodations? How can they help me? Should I talk about my disability with a potential employer? What other services are available to help me on my path to work? Register online at choosework.ssa.gov/wise or call 866-968-7842 or 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. Questions? Email us: support@choosework.ssa.gov Call us: 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Visit our website: choosework.ssa.gov Did you like this email? Use our Share button to send Ticket to Work program information, job search… Read More > New WISE Seminar: Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations

New SSA Blog Post: Update! Social Security’s Online Wage Reporting Service

Update! Social Security’s Online Wage Reporting Service Jul 9, 2018 As of June 2018, Social Security expanded the availability of its online wage reporting service to people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and to “concurrent” beneficiaries (people who receive both SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)). Social Security announced the service last year, but at the time it was only available for people who receive SSDI. The wage reporting service makes it easier to report your work and wages online from your computer or mobile device. Other people, such as your parents, spouse, sponsors or representative payee, may also report your wages using the new service. To use the service, you must have a current my Social Security account. You can create an account or sign in to your current one here. If you receive SSI, you may still report your wages by telephone or by mobile app. Telephone: Social Security representatives are available to talk about your… Read More > New SSA Blog Post: Update! Social Security’s Online Wage Reporting Service

New WISE Webinar-Ticket to Work: Support on Your Journey to Financial Independence

Ticket to Work: Support on Your Journey to Financial Independence  Wednesday, June 27, 2018 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET Click the link to register: https://choosework.ssa.gov/webinar/ Join us on Wednesday, June 27, for the next WISE webinar and learn more about Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) program. During the webinar, we’ll discuss: Choosing work, whether you’re returning to work or looking for your first job Social Security rules and programs that may help you as you pursue your goals and financial independence Your path to work, with information on the different phases of the journey and where you can find support Our guest presenters will also provide information about choosing a service provider, setting and pursuing work goals, and resources available to help you transition to the workplace. The Ticket program supports career development for people ages 18 – 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI/SSDI). The program is free and voluntary. It helps people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them… Read More > New WISE Webinar-Ticket to Work: Support on Your Journey to Financial Independence

Latest Ask JAN (Job Accommodation Network) Blog Series

Ask JAN (Job Accommodation Network) Blog Series: A Farmer in Our Midst – An Interview with JAN’s Own Dr. Beth Loy Posted by Kim Cordingly on May 22, 2018 under Accommodations, Entrepreneurship / Self Employment, Organizations, Products / Technology, Veterans Issues | Be the First to Comment As the Lead Consultant on JAN’s self-employment team, I’m often fielding questions from individuals with disabilities interested in starting a business in agriculture. These types of businesses include a diverse range such as organic vegetable farms, egg producers, herb and flower growers, livestock/ranch businesses, fish production, fruit farms, Christmas tree growers, equine therapy, and sheep/wool producers. We have even received questions about farm tourism where guests vacation at a family farm to experience life there. Often, accommodation issues come into play in the planning of these businesses. We are fortunate at JAN to have an individual who has years of experience as a JAN consultant and manager, an academic and researcher, and mostly… Read More > Latest Ask JAN (Job Accommodation Network) Blog Series

Mental Health Awareness Month: Body and Mind

Mental Health Awareness Month: Body and Mind May 21, 2018 During May, we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month. This observance brings awareness to mental illnesses and identifies and shares resources to help those who are living and working with mental illness. This year’s theme, Fitness #4Mind4Body, challenges us to understand that what we do physically has an impact on our mental health. Paying attention to both your physical health and your mental health may help you achieve overall wellness as you pursue goals on the path to recovery and work. To learn more about your physical and mental health and find advice on how to take care of your body and mind, check out Mental Health America’s (MHA) tool kit, which includes fact sheets. In their fact sheet series, you can learn more about nutrition’s effect on depression and nutrients for better health, how exercise affects hormone and chemical production that affects mood, the importance of getting a good night’s… Read More > Mental Health Awareness Month: Body and Mind

SSA Blog Post: Social Media and Your Job Search

Social Media and Your Job Search May 14, 2018 When they first popped onto the scene, social media networks were a way to keep up with and share experiences with close friends and family. The people using platforms like Facebook and Twitter were usually young, and employers rarely thought about what job candidates were doing online. We live in a different world today. People of all ages have turned to social media networks to spread their opinions, look for jobs and build relationships with organizations and recruiters. How you manage your social media presence is more important than ever, especially if you’re currently looking for a job. Today we’re sharing some tips on using Facebook and LinkedIn during your job search — and how to think about your social media footprint. Stay professional Fair or not, most companies have the ability to find you online and check your social media profiles. Once you create a personal blog, set up a… Read More > SSA Blog Post: Social Media and Your Job Search