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New Wage Reporting Application

New Wage Reporting Application Posted on October 18, 2017 by Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications On September 23, 2017, we released a new wage reporting application behind the my Social Security portal. Now, people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and their representative payees can report wages securely online. It’s faster and easier than ever before for SSDI beneficiaries and their representative payees to report wages; they can avoid visiting a field office to report their wages in person and they can print or save a receipt of their report. When you sign up or log in to your my Social Security account, you’ll have access to this application on your desktop, laptop, and mobile device. After you report your wages online, you can save or print a copy of your receipt. This service will be available for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients in the future. SSI recipients should continue to report wages through SSI Mobile Wage Reporting, SSI Telephone… Read More > New Wage Reporting Application

Fair Shake Network Fall Newsletter 2017

Research In Focus: A Weekly Digest of New Research from the NIDILRR Community

Research In Focus: A Weekly Digest of New Research from the NIDILRR Community Brief Coaching Can Help Youth Receiving Wraparound Services Become More Engaged in Their Treatment Planning The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in five children or youth may at some point have a serious emotional, mental, or behavioral disorder such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or conduct disorder. They may receive services from clinicians, social workers, and other mental health professionals.  “Wraparound” is a comprehensive, team-based program providing individualized services to children and youth with serious mental health conditions and available in most states. Youth enrolled in Wraparound are usually involved with multiple service systems, such as foster care, juvenile justice, and state mental health systems. Wraparound teams typically consist of the youth, family members or caregivers, people from the family’s network of social support, professional service providers, and a care coordinator, who meet regularly to coordinate the youth’s treatment plan. Wraparound is intended to prioritize… Read More > Research In Focus: A Weekly Digest of New Research from the NIDILRR Community

Finding a Mentor to Help You on Your Job Search

Finding a Mentor to Help You on Your Job Search In today’s guest blog post, Finding a Mentor to Help You on Your Job Search, Shelia Newman explains how mentoring can affect your job search and offer you individualized support as you look for, and transition to, work. As a 2017 inductee to the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, Newman offers insight on what she’s learned as a mentor who has worked with job seekers and entrepreneurs with disabilities.   Finding a Mentor to Help You on Your Job Search Oct 18, 2017 By Shelia Newman, President, New Editions Consulting, Inc. Every October, I download the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) poster produced by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and place copies around our office. We at New Editions appreciate this year’s theme, Inclusion drives Innovation, because we clearly see the important role that the different perspectives of New Editions’ employees who have disabilities play in the… Read More > Finding a Mentor to Help You on Your Job Search

Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2018

Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2018 Posted on October 13, 2017 by Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications When we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), there’s usually an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The CPI-W rises when prices increase, making your cost of living go up. This means prices for goods and services, on average, are a little more expensive. The COLA helps to offset these costs. As a result, more than 66 million Americans will see a 2.0 percent increase in their Social Security and SSI benefits in 2018. Other changes that will happen in January 2018 are based on the increase in the national average wage index. For example, the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security payroll tax will increase to… Read More > Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2018

New SSA Blog Post! Harnessing a Tornado: Amy’s Story

Harnessing a Tornado: Amy’s Story Amy, who has a developmental disability, found it difficult to focus in school. The storm cloud of confusion affected her self-esteem, but Amy found support from her friends and family. Wanting to find full-time employment and a path to financial independence, Amy turned to the Ticket to Work program for support. Read “Harnessing a Tornado: Amy’s Story” to find out how her State Vocational Rehabilitation agency helped her start on her path to work and how her Employment Network continues helping Amy succeed in the work place.   “Being part of a team is satisfying … I’m making contributions and have [a sense of] accomplishment.”   Harnessing a Tornado Published in 2017 The wall of words in Amy’s American history textbook was wider on top than it was near the bottom of the page. Crowded text blended together into a pattern that looked like a tornado. As instructed, she had been reading quietly in her… Read More > New SSA Blog Post! Harnessing a Tornado: Amy’s Story

Buy IT!–Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology #NDEAM17

Buy IT!—Your Guide for Purchasing Accessible Technology Implementing accessible technology in your workplace means buying accessible tech in the first place. This free online resource helps employers and their purchasing team build accessibility and usability into their information technology procurement processes. Featuring background and sample language, Buy IT! offers step-by-step guidance on researching IT vendors, specifying accessibility requirements in your RFPs, and validating the accessibility of your product choices. As such, it addresses a crucial step in reducing the technology-related barriers facing many employees, job seekers, and customers with disabilities by helping businesses buy and implement technology that works for everyone. Click the link to learn more-

DRWV Success Story: The Aide on the Bus

We are going to start posting DRWV education success stories. From time to time we will post about how we helped a client receive services to help others understand how DRWV might be able to assist them.   Recently, a mother asked DRWV for assistance with getting her child an aide on the school bus.  Her child had an aide on the bus the previous school year, but this year, the mother was told that her child would have to ride a separate bus to school, or she could be reimbursed to provide transportation.  Riding on the separate bus would require the child to be on the bus for an hour and a half before getting to school.  Additionally, her child would be unable to ride the bus with their siblings and neighborhood peers. When the mother declined these two options and stated that she wanted her child to ride the bus with their siblings and neighbors, the client was… Read More > DRWV Success Story: The Aide on the Bus

Register Now! October 25th WISE Webinar

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar Achieving Financial Independence with Ticket to Work and an ABLE Account Wednesday, October 25, 2017 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 Wednesday, October 25, 2017, for the next WISE webinar. During the webinar, we’ll present information on Social Security programs and rules that may be available to you. Our guests will also present information and answer top questions on: The Achieving a Better Live Experience (ABLE) Act; How ABLE accounts help certain people with disabilities and their families save for the future while protecting eligibility for public benefits; and How an ABLE account and Social Security’s Ticket to Work program can help you achieve financial independence through work. Register online at or call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY). You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log… Read More > Register Now! October 25th WISE Webinar

Centers for Independent Living Partner with Humanitarian Bat Mitzvah Project

The Centers for Independent Living received 75 manual wheelchairs this summer to distribute to those in need. Brynn Hochman and her family from Los Angeles have been working with American Wheelchair Mission as part of a humanitarian Bat Mitzvah project. She initially focused her efforts raising money to bring wheelchairs to Vietnam, Africa and Israel. They are now bringing their humanitarian efforts to Appalachians and have partnered with the CILs to identify individuals who need these chairs. For contact information on your local Centers for Independent Living please contact the Statewide Independent Living Council toll free at 1-855-855-9743.