WISE On Demand

Our free, monthly WISE webinars provide information you can use on your path to financial independence through work. Discover programs, resources and information while learning about how Social Security's Ticket to Work program can help. Learn more and register today for this month's webinar!

 


Working with a Mental Illness (May 22, 2019)

During this month’s webinar, guest speakers from Aspire Indiana and the Adult and Chile Mental Health Center presented information about Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) program and other Work Incentives that could help you as you start on the path to financial independence through work. Since May is Mental Health Month, the speakers also covered information and resources that could help people with mental illness as they make the decision to find work and transition to the workplace. Some of the topics discussed were:

  • The role of employment in the recovery process
  • The therapeutic, financial and social benefits of work
  • The importance of long-term employment supports after you start working

Moderator:

  • Stacey Plizga, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenters:

  • Carla Orr, Adult and Child Mental Health Center
  • Tina Skeel, Aspire Indiana, Inc

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Transcript (TXT)
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Understanding Ticket to Work: How to Help Your Clients and the People You Serve (April 24, 2019)

This month, guest speakers from Cornell University and the Ticket Program Manager shared information about the Ticket to Work (Ticket) program. The April webinar was for individuals and organizations that serve people who receive Social Security disability benefits and may be interested in the Ticket program. Some of the topics addressed were:

  • Understanding the Ticket program
  • Connecting with Ticket service providers and connecting Social Security disability beneficiaries to supports and services
  • Spreading the word about the Ticket program
  • Becoming an Employment Network (EN)

Moderator:

  • Stacey Plizga, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenters:

  • Greg Bell, Ticket Program Manager
  • Ray Cebula, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University
  • Jayme Pendergraft, Ticket Program Manager

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Video:
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Achieving Financial Independence with Ticket to Work and an ABLE Account (March 27, 2019)

This month, guest speakers from Aspire Indiana and the ABLE National Resource Center shared information about the ABLE Act and ABLE accounts. This law recognizes the extra and significant costs of living with a disability and provides certain people with disabilities a savings tool to address them. Some of the topics the presenters addressed were:

  • How ABLE accounts may help certain people with disabilities and their families save for the future while protecting eligibility for public benefits
  • Updates and changes to ABLE programs that may help you save more
  • How an ABLE account and Social Security’s Ticket to Work program can help you achieve financial independence through work

Moderator:

  • Stacey Plizga, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenters:

  • Kathleen Bowers, Aspire Indiana
  • Marlene Ulisky, ABLE National Resource Center

Materials:

  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Debunking the Three Biggest Myths About Disability Benefits and Work (February 27, 2019)

This month, guest speakers from Full Circle Employment Solutions joined us to discuss the 3 biggest myths about Social Security disability benefits and work. The speakers also covered information about Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) program and other work incentives!

Some of the key questions they addressed were:

  • Will I have a medical Continuing Disability Review if I use my Ticket?
  • How does working affect my Medicare or Medicaid?
  • What happens if I need to stop working due to my disability?

Our guest presenters also identified resources, tools and support services that will help you to succeed in the workplace.

Moderator:

  • Stacey Plizga, Ticket Program Manager

Presenters:

  • Jaime Head, Full Circle Employment Solutions
  • Amy Wallish, Full Circle Employment Solutions

Materials:

  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Setting Goals with Ticket to Work (January 23, 2019)

This month, guest speakers from Aspire Indiana joined us to discuss goal setting with Social Security's Ticket to Work program! Some of the key topics discussed were:

  • What are SMART goals and how can they help me?
  • How can a Ticket program service provider help me reach my goals?
  • How can an Individual Work Plan help me as I pursue financial independence through work?

Our guest presenters also identified support systems, services and resources you need to succeed in the workforce.

Moderator:

  • Stacey Plizga, Ticket Program Manager

Presenters:

  • Kathleen Bowers, Aspire Indiana
  • Tina Skeel, Aspire Indiana

Materials:

  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Preventing and Managing Overpayments: A Webinar for Social Security Beneficiaries (December 19, 2018)

This month, guest speakers from Social Security joined us to define overpayments and share information on:

  • What can and should you do if you receive a notice of overpayment?
  • Preventing overpayments and how to report your wages to Social Security
  • Employment supports and services available through Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) program and other Social Security Work Incentives.

Moderator:

  • Stacey Plizga, Ticket Program Moderator

Presenters:

  • Djuna Mitchell, Social Security
  • Kimberly Bolton, Social Security
  • Connie DaValt, Social Security

Materials:

  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Learn While You Earn with Ticket to Work and Apprenticeship (November 28, 2018)

To acknowledge National Apprenticeship Week in November, we were excited to share how apprenticeship may help you reach your work goals!

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) joined us to discuss the potential for you to learn while you earn as an apprentice. We answered questions such as:

  • How is an apprenticeship different from other work opportunities?
  • What kinds of job industries offer apprenticeships?
  • How can I become an apprentice?

We also talked about Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) program, which supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI or SSI) and want to work. We found out how this free and voluntary program, paired with Social Security Work Incentives, may connect you with the supports and services you need to succeed in the workforce.

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket Program Moderator

Presenters:

  • Carolyn Jones, Senior Policy Advisor, Youth Team, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
  • Edison Freire, Director, Gateway Initiatives, JEVS Human Services
  • Chris Bellias, Supervisor, JEVS hireAbility
  • Angelina Bush, Assistant Director of Benefit Counseling, Community Integrated Services

Materials:

  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Ticket to Work, Self-Employment, and Working from Home (September 26, 2018)

During this webinar, we presented information to beneficiaries, family members and Ticket to Work service providers regarding Social Security’s Ticket program, self-employment and working from home. Presenters from New England Business Associates and My Employment Options shared resources and Work Incentives that may help beneficiaries’ meet their goals to pursue financial independence.

We answered questions like:

  • Can Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) program help me as I start my own business?
  • How can working for myself or working from home help me succeed?
  • Are there Social Security Work Incentives that can help me as I start my business or begin working from home?

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Provider Resources Inc.

Presenters:

  • Colleen Moynihan, New England Business Associates
  • Ethel Lawrence, Employment Options
  • Lisa Seeley, Employment Options

Materials:

  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Understanding Ticket to Work: How to Help Your Clients and the People You Serve (August 22, 2018)

During this webinar, we presented information for individuals and organizations that serve people who receive Social Security disability benefits and may be interested in the Ticket to Work (Ticket) program.

We answered questions like:

  • What is Ticket to Work?
  • How can I spread the word about the Ticket program?
  • How can I connect with a Ticket to Work service provider or connect the people I work with to supports and services?

Moderator:

  • Stacey Plizga, Provider Resources Inc. (PRI)

Presenters:

  • Jayme Pendergraft – Ticket Program Manager
  • Raymond Cebula – Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University

Materials:

  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations (July 25, 2018)

Every July we recognize the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). During this webinar, we discussed reasonable accommodations during the interview process and at work. The Job Accommodation Network joined us to discuss 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?

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Provider Resources Inc. (PRI)

Presenters:

  • Sarah Small, Consultant, Job Accommodation Network
  • Brittany Lambert, Consultant, Job Accommodation Network
  • Tyler Venable, Community Work Incentives Coordinator, Walton Options

Materials:

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  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Ticket to Work: Support on Your Journey to Financial Independence (June 27, 2018)

  • The June 27, 2018, webinar, Ticket to Work: Support on your Journey to Financial Independence, discussed:
    • Social Security Disability Benefits
    • Overview of Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program
    • Ticket to Work Service Providers and resources for finding ENs
    • Work Incentives and the Ticket to Work Program
    • Phases of the Path to Work
      • Phase 1: Learning About Ticket to Work
      • Phase 2: Getting Ready to Work
      • Phase 3: Getting a Job
      • Phase 4: Managing your Job
  • Moderator:
    • Stacey Plizga, WISE Program Moderator
  • Presenters:
    • Windy Swearingin, Statewide Lead Disability Resource Coordinator, State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
    • Larrisa Cummings, Alaska WIPA Project Director, UAA, Center for Human Development
  • Materials:
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    • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Ticket to Work: Working for the Federal Government (May 23, 2018)

  • Commissioner Chai Feldblum of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) joined us to discuss regulations that may help you find a job working for the federal government or a federal contractor.

    The presentation included 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
  • Moderator:
    • Stacey Plizga, Ticket Program Manager
  • Presenters:
    • Commissioner Chai Feldblum, EEOC
    • Pamela Walker, CEO of Alliance Professional Services, LLC
  • Materials:
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    • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Ticket to Work for Young Adults (April 25, 2018)

  • The April 25, 2018, WISE webinar, Ticket to Work for Young Adults, discussed:
    • Tips for your transition to employment
    • Ticket to Work and Work Incentives for young adults
    • How Ticket to Work service providers can help
  • Moderators:
    • Stacey Plizga, Ticket Program Manager
  • Presenters:
    • Tad Asbury, Executive Director of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities
    • Tammy Austin, Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC) at Indiana Works
  • Materials:
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    • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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For more information on Ticket to Work & Work Incentives, visit www.ssa.gov/work, email us at support@choosework.ssa.gov, or call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-968-7842 (TDD/TTY).