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!

 


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:

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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)
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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:

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Putting it Together: Ticket to Work's Resume and Interview Tips (August 28, 2019)

This month, we discussed real-world advice for building your resume and landing an interview. We shared tips on addressing gaps in employment and discussing disabilities with an employer. These tips and tools, along with other Ticket to Work resources, can help you succeed on the path to financial independence through work.

We discovered the answers to questions like:

  • How do I organize and write a resume that will impress a potential employer?
  • How can I showcase my skills to feel more confident during a job interview?
  • How can a Ticket to Work service provider help me on my path to work?

This webinar is the third in a series of webinars that discusses many of the puzzle pieces (the resources, supports and services) that can help you identify, pursue and reach your career goals.

Moderator:

  • Sarah Hyland, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenters:

  • Lisa Brown Jordan, Human Solutions

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Putting it Together: Reasonable Accommodations and the Path to Employment (July 24, 2019)

During this month's webinar, we welcomed special guests from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), who talked about how reasonable accommodations can help you on the path to financial independence through work.

Attendees discovered answers to questions like:

  • What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
  • What do the ADA and reasonable accommodations mean for my employment opportunities?
  • How can a Ticket to Work service provider help me with reasonable accommodations?

This webinar is the second in a series of webinars that discusses many of the puzzle pieces (the resources, supports and services) that can help you identify, pursue and reach your career goals.

Moderator:

  • Stacey Plizga, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenters:

  • Brittany Lambert, Job Accommodations Network (JAN)
  • Sarah Small, Job Accommodations Network (JAN)
  • Jennifer Tanney, Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) West Virginia University (WIPA)

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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Putting it Together: Ticket to Work and the Path to Employment (June 26, 2019)

During this month’s webinar, we presented information about Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) program and other Work Incentives that can help you as you start on the path to financial independence through work.

Attendees discovered answers to questions like:

  • What is the Ticket program?
  • How can I connect with a Ticket to Work service provider?
  • What are Work Incentives?

This month's webinar served as the first in a series of webinars that discusses many of the puzzle pieces (the resources, supports and services) that can help you identify, pursue and reach your career goals.

Moderator:

  • Stacey Plizga, Ticket to Work Moderator

Presenters:

  • Michael McCullough, Crossroads Diversified Services
  • Julie Her, Crossroads Diversified Services

Materials:

  • Presentation (PDF) (DOC)
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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)
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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)
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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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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:

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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:

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  • 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:

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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).