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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