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National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work Wednesday, November 15, 2017 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET Are you thinking about starting your own business? Do you think your hobby and passion would make a great career where you are your own boss? If you’re age 18-64 and receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI), the Ticket to Work (Ticket) program can provide support for your self-employment goals! Join us Wednesday, November 15, 2017, for the next WISE webinar. We’ll share Social Security programs and Work Incentives that may help you on your path to self-employment. Attend the webinar to learn: What to consider if you’re thinking about opening your own business How the Ticket program and Work Incentives may help Where to find resources as you pursue your self-employment goals Register online at choosework.ssa.gov/wise 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 in to the webinar. Please… Read More > National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar

Honoring the Beneficiaries of Social Security

Honoring the Beneficiaries of Social Security Posted on October 26, 2017 by Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications Social Security is committed to the principles and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which improves the lives of our beneficiaries and our employees who have disabilities. We also want you to see and hear from the people who rely on Social Security disability benefits to thrive as active members of our communities. Our Faces and Facts of Disability website highlights the real life stories of people who have disabilities. One person we are featuring on our Faces and Facts of Disability website is Lynne Parks. She is an artist from Baltimore, Maryland. First diagnosed with metastatic fibrosarcoma at age 14, she has lived with this illness for nearly 35 years. It started in her face and moved to different parts of her body, including her abdomen and leg. She also has various tumors on her shoulder and arm.… Read More > Honoring the Beneficiaries of Social Security

SSA Post: You Asked, We Answered! Work Incentives and SSDI

You Asked, We Answer! Work Incentives and SSDI Did you miss our September Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar? You can catch up by reading today’s blog post, You Asked, We Answer! Work Incentives and SSDI. We answered the top questions that attendees asked during the webinar. Once you read the blog, you can find and watch the full webinar in our WISE archives. And don’t miss out on today’s webinar, Achieving Financial Independence with Ticket to Work and an ABLE Account, starting at 3 p.m. ET. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ You Asked, We Answer! Work Incentives and SSDI Oct 25, 2017 On Wednesday, September 27, more than 300 people attended our Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar, Ticket to Work: Work Incentives for People who Receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). During the webinar, our guests from Social Security talked about SSDI Work Incentives, the benefits of work, and how to open and use a my Social Security account. Our attendees asked… Read More > SSA Post: You Asked, We Answered! Work Incentives and SSDI

The Promise of Assistive Technology: An Interactive Guide to Selected Products and Funding Sources

The Promise of Assistive Technology: An Interactive Guide to Selected Products and Funding Sources For people with disabilities, assistive products and technologies hold promise for supporting entry or return to the workforce. But what products exist? And what funding sources and accommodations are available to help people acquire the appropriate products and use them in the workplace? Based on a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, this guide provides a broad overview of selected products and technologies in four categories—(1) wheeled and seated mobility devices; (2) upper extremity prostheses; (3) selected hearing technologies; (4) and communication and speech technologies—as well as available funding options. To explore the interactive guide, click the link below http://resources.nationalacademies.org/infographics/assistivedevices/assistivedevices.html

New SSA Blog Post: Opening an ABLE Account

Tips for Opening Your ABLE Account Have you heard about ABLE Accounts? These tax-advantaged savings accounts allow certain people with disabilities to save more money without affecting public benefits. If you’re interested in opening up an ABLE Account to start saving money, check out today’s blog post! Learn more about ABLE and what you should know as you research and apply for an ABLE Account. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Money Mondays: Tips for Opening Your ABLE Account Oct 23, 2017 Have you heard about ABLE Accounts yet? An ABLE Account offers certain individuals with a disability a tax-free way to save for disability-related expenses. Today, we’re sharing information that will help you when you’re opening your ABLE account. If you have a disability that began before age 26 and meets the eligibility criteria outlined in the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, you or a person legally authorized to act on your behalf may open and manage the account. An ABLE Account… Read More > New SSA Blog Post: Opening an ABLE Account

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