Curious about employment opportunities for people who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI/SSDI)? Our monthly Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinars are available on demand to help you learn more. Discover programs, resources and information while learning about how Social Security's Ticket to Work program can help eligible people with disabilities on their path to employment.

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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!

 


Understanding Ticket to Work: How to Help Your Clients and the People You Serve (September 30, 2020)

The September WISE webinar presented information for individuals and organizations that serve people who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI/SSI) and may be interested in the Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program.

The webinar answered questions like:

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

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenter:

  • Raymond A. Cebula, III, J.D., Cornell University
  • Jayme Pendergraft, Ticket Program Manager

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Video:
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Ticket to Work and the Path to Employment (August 26, 2020)

The August WISE webinar addressed common questions about the Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program and work. Attendees learned about how work will affect your benefits and how the Ticket Program can support you on their path to employment.

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenter:

  • Raymond A. Cebula, III, J.D., Cornell University

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Video:
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Reasonable Accommodations and the Path to Employment (July 22, 2020)

This year, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA protects the rights of people with disabilities in the workplace.

During the July WISE webinar, our guest presenter from the Northeast ADA Center talked about the ADA and how reasonable accommodations may help you at work.

We learned answers to questions like:

  • What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
  • What does the ADA mean for my employment opportunities?
  • Are there reasonable accommodations that can help me?
  • How can the Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program help?

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenters:

  • Raymond A. Cebula, III, J.D., Cornell University
  • Wendy Strobel Gower, Northeast ADA Center

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Video:
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Ticket to Work and Mental Health (June 24, 2020)

Work offers you the opportunity to use your skills and talents, while new accomplishments boost your self-confidence. Looking for work can be challenging. We're here to help.

The June WISE webinar had some helpful information on how to stay organized and focused during your job search and tips for succeeding once you're on the job.

We learned about:

  • How a positive work environment can boost your mental health
  • Tips for managing stress while you're looking for work or are on the job
  • How Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program and Ticket Program service providers can help you along the way

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenter:

  • Raymond A. Cebula, III, J.D., Cornell University

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Video:
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Working from Home with Ticket to Work (May 27, 2020)

Want to work from home? The May webinar is a great resource to help you decide if working from home is right for you. If you’re job searching and have questions about employment opportunities, a Ticket to Work service provider can help!

We learned about:

  • How the Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program can support your goal of working from home
  • Advice for succeeding on the job at home
  • How to connect with Ticket Program service providers

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenters:

  • Raymond A. Cebula, III, J.D., Cornell University
  • Paula Vieillet, Employment Options, Inc.
  • Lori Adler, Employment Options, Inc.

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Video:
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Support on Your Journey to Employment (April 22, 2020)

Looking for work and have questions about disability employment opportunities? The April WISE webinar can give you free resources that can help you throughout your employment journey. During the webinar, we discussed how Ticket to Work can support you on your path to work.

We discussed:

  • How the Ticket Program can help you as you look for work
  • Free job search resources
  • How to connect with service providers who offer employment support

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenters:

  • Raymond A. Cebula, III, J.D., Cornell University

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Video:
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Expanding Your Job Search with Ticket to Work (March 25, 2020)

Are you looking for work? Do you have questions about disability employment? Reviewing the March WISE Webinar will help you enhance your job search and learn more about hiring initiatives specifically for jobseekers with disabilities. We discussed apprenticeships, working for the federal government, and how Ticket to Work can help you find a job.

We learned about:

  • How federal hiring initiatives for people with disabilities, such as Section 503 and Schedule A Hiring, can help you in your job search
  • How to determine if an apprenticeship is right for you
  • Job search resources and how the Ticket Program can help you find a job

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenters:

  • Raymond A. Cebula, III, J.D., Cornell University

Materials:

  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Choosing a Service Provider That's Right For You (February 26, 2020)

During the February WISE webinar, we talked about the different types of service providers that can help you start on the path to work.

You don't have to pursue the path to financial independence through work alone. With free services and support from a Ticket to Work service provider, you can get help as you make the decision to work, look for a job, and successfully transition to the workplace.

We discovered the answers to questions like:

  • What types of services and supports are available to me as I pursue my work goals?
  • How do I choose the Ticket Program service provider that’s right for me?
  • How can I connect with a service provider?
  • Where can I learn more about how working and earning income will affect my Social Security disability benefits?

Moderator:

  • Stacey Plizga, Ticket Program Manager

Presenters:

  • Raymond A. Cebula, III, J.D., Cornell University

Materials:

  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Debunking the Three Biggest Myths About Disability Benefits and Work (January 22, 2020)

January's webinar provided the facts about Social Security disability benefits and work. We debunked myths and shared important information to help you as you make the decision to work, look for a job, and successfully transition to work.

We discovered the answers to questions like:

  • Where can I learn more about how working and earning income will affect my Social Security disability benefits?
  • What types of services and job supports are available to help me transition to the workplace and work towards my career goals?
  • How can I connect with a Ticket Program service provider?

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenter:

  • Raymond A. Cebula, III, J.D., Cornell University

Materials:

  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Video:
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Career Preparation for College Students with Disabilities (December 18, 2019)

During December's webinar we found out how Ticket to Work and other Work Incentives can help college students with disabilities prepare to enter the workforce and develop successful careers. With free services and support from a Ticket to Work service provider, you can find help as you make the decision to work, look for a job, and successfully transition to work.

We discovered the answers to questions like:

  • What types of services and job supports are available to help me transition to the workplace and work towards my career goals?
  • How can I connect with a Ticket Program service provider?
  • Where can I learn more about how working and earning income will affect my Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income?

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenter:

  • Raymond A. Cebula, III, J.D., Cornell University

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Video:
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Ticket to Work and Employment Supports for Veterans (November 20, 2019)

During November's webinar, we found out how Ticket to Work (Ticket) resources can help veterans with disabilities prepare for successful post-service careers. We discussed the free support and services that are available through the Ticket Program's network of approved providers, as you make the decision to return to work, look for a job, and successfully transition to civilian employment.

We discovered the answers to questions like:

  • What types of services and job supports are available to help me re-enter the workforce?
  • How can I connect with a Ticket Program service provider?
  • Where can I learn more about how working and earning income will affect my Social Security disability benefits?

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenters:

  • Raymond A. Cebula, III, J.D., Cornell University
  • Sheriene Knox, Operation: Job Ready Veterans

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Transcript (TXT)
  • Video:
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Putting it Together: Choosing a Service Provider That's Right for You (October 23, 2019)

This month, we discussed the free services and supports available through Ticket to Work service providers. We learned more about how to get the help you need to make the decision to work, look for a job, and successfully transition to the workplace.

We discovered the answers to questions like:

  • What types of services and supports are available to me as I pursue my work goals?
  • How can I connect with a Ticket to Work service provider?
  • How will working and earning income affect my Social Security disability benefits?

This webinar was part of a series of webinars that examine and discuss many of the puzzle pieces (the resources, supports and services) that can help beneficiaries identify, pursue and reach their career goals.

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenter:

  • David Leon, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Transcript (TXT)
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Putting it Together: Healthcare and the Path to Employment (September 25, 2019)

This month, we discussed the myths and facts about healthcare, work, and earnings. We learned more about how employment affects Medicare and Medicaid benefits and how Ticket to Work and other Social Security resources can help you succeed on the path to financial independence.

We discovered the answers to questions like:

  • How do earnings from work affect my benefits, including Medicare or Medicaid?
  • How do work incentives help me continue to receive medical benefits when I start working?
  • How can a benefits counselor help me on my journey to work?

This webinar was part of a series of webinars that examine and discuss many of the puzzle pieces (the resources, supports, and services) that can help beneficiaries identify, pursue, and reach their career goals.

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenters:

  • Keri Herrington, Granite State Independent Living (GSIL)
  • Ashley Palma, Granite State Independent Living (GSIL)

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
  • Transcript (TXT)
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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).