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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

FY 2019 P&O Comment Period

DRWV is asking for comments from the public for Fiscal Year 2019.  Below are the public forums we have scheduled, but you can also call, write, e-mail, fax, or Facebook comments to us.

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

SSA WISE Webinar: Ticket to Work-Working for the Federal Government

Ticket to Work: Working for the Federal Government Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET Are you age 18-64? Do you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to earn more money through work? The Ticket to Work (Ticket) program can help you! Join us on May 23, 2018, for the next WISE webinar. We’ll present information on Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you, along with information and resources that may help you find a path to working for the federal government! The presentation will include information on: Federal hiring paths for people with disabilities How the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission can help if you experience discrimination How a Ticket to Work service provider may help you on the path to employment 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… Read More > SSA WISE Webinar: Ticket to Work-Working for the Federal Government

SSA Blog Post: Skills for Living…and Working

Skills for Living…and Working Apr 30, 2018 As you transition to work, life skills such as problem solving and decision-making, effective communication, financial management and coping strategies become more important than ever. Many young adults age 18 through 35 are either living on their own or becoming more independent for the first time. While parents and other family members of youth with disabilities play a large role in teaching these skills, there are many organizations ready to assist with additional life skills training. Instruction may focus on subjects as broad as effective communication or financial management and banking to more specialized areas such as cooking, housekeeping and personal care. Many of the skills you’ll learn can help as you search for and find a job. Some organizations that commonly offer such classes include: American Job Centers (AJC): AJCs provide various types of assistance to job seekers under one roof, including training programs. AJCs were established under the Workforce Investment Act and… Read More > SSA Blog Post: Skills for Living…and Working

SSA New Resource! Planning Your Employment Goals

Are you thinking about returning to work or finding a job for the first time? If you’re age 18 – 64 and receive SSDI or SSI, a Ticket to Work service provider may help! When you participate in the Ticket to Work program, you’ll work with a service provider to identify your career goals and develop a work plan, like an Individual Work Plan (IWP) or Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE), which will serve as your road map to success. Check out Planning Your Employment Goals with the Ticket to Work Program to learn: What a work plan is What a work plan must include What your responsibilities are on the path to work To learn more at the Ticket program, visit choosework.ssa.gov or contact the Ticket to Work Help Line at 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TTY).

SSA Blog Post: How to Get Support for Common Problems in College

How to Get Support for Common Problems in College Apr 23, 2018 By Understood.org College can be challenging. And it’s completely normal for students with disabilities to run into a rough patch at some point. If you have a learning and attention issue like dyslexia or ADHD, figuring out where to get support can take some work. Unlike public high schools, colleges don’t fall under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. That’s why there are no individualized education programs (IEPs). In college, you may not get the same level of support and services as what you might have gotten in high school. The good news is that college students with disabilities are protected under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, so you can still get accommodations. And there are resources on campus to help, especially the college’s Office of Disability Services. However, you have to be proactive and ask for help. Here’s how to get support for common problems in… Read More > SSA Blog Post: How to Get Support for Common Problems in College

SSA WISE Webinar: Ticket to Work for Young Adults

Ticket to Work for Young Adults Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET Are you age 18-64? Do you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to earn more money through work? The Ticket to Work (Ticket) program can help you! Join us this Wednesday, April 25, 2018, for the next WISE webinar. We will be presenting information on Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you, along with resources and tools that can help you and other young adults with disabilities transition to the work place. The presentation will include information on: Tips for your transition to employment Ticket to Work and Work Incentives for young adults How Ticket to Work service providers can help Register online at choosework.ssa.gov/wise or call 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TTY) to start your new beginning. 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. Accessible Documents:  PDF: https://choosework.ssa.gov/Assets/uploads/webinars/2018/2018-04-25-WISE-Webinar-Ticket-to-Work-for-Young-Adults-Presentation.pdf Text-Only Document: https://choosework.ssa.gov/Assets/uploads/webinars/2018/2018-04-25-WISE-Webinar-Ticket-to-Work-for-Young-Adults-Presentation.docx Questions? Email… Read More > SSA WISE Webinar: Ticket to Work for Young Adults

SSA: Money Mondays: Calling All Young Adults with Disabilities

Money Mondays: Calling All Young Adults with Disabilities Apr 16, 2018 Graduating from high school and entering adulthood is an exciting time, but you may have questions about how to manage your money. Whether you’re planning to work or go to college, today’s Money Mondays post can help you get a start on financial independence. High school to work If you’re planning to work, Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) program can help. The Ticket program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to work. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. It helps people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce. If you’re eligible to participate in the Ticket program, you can connect with a Ticket program service provider, like an Employment Network (EN) or your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency,  who… Read More > SSA: Money Mondays: Calling All Young Adults with Disabilities

SSA WISE Webinar: Ticket to Work for Young Adults

Ticket to Work for Young Adults Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET Are you age 18-64? Do you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to earn more money through work? The Ticket to Work (Ticket) program can help you! Join us on April 25, 2018, for the next WISE webinar. We will be presenting information on Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you, along with resources and tools that can help you and other young adults with disabilities transition to the work place. The presentation will include information on: Tips for your transition to employment Ticket to Work and Work Incentives for young adults How Ticket to Work service providers can help Register online at choosework.ssa.gov/wise or call 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TTY) to start your new beginning. 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… Read More > SSA WISE Webinar: Ticket to Work for Young Adults