Fox vs. Limbaugh and Ticket to Work Part II.
DN12: While the Democrats and Republicans argue and politicize stem cell research and Michael J. Fox's involvement there is another issue at play. The Fox campaign spots put disability in the spotlight and in the face of America. Judging by the response, America can't handle it. In addition, learn more about Right to Risk and The Ouch Podcast. Listen to DisabilityNation 12 and check out The Buzz for more analysis. The Buzz is what people with disabilities are or should be talking about!
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 was signed in to law on December 17, 1999 by former president Bill Clinton. This ground-breaking legislation increases the options available to Social Security recipients in obtaining rehabilitation and vocational services as they seek to achieve their employment goals. The Ticket to Work Program removes barriers that require those of us with disabilities to choose between healthcare coverage and work. The program assures that more Americans with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in the workforce and lessen their dependence on public benefits. This episode of DisabilityNation provides you with details about the program and how it can work for you and is the second of two episodes examining the Ticket.
Susan Webb is director of ABIL Employment Services and Business Development with Arizona Bridge to Independent Living. ABIL is an Employment Network with the Ticket to Work Program. Susan talked with DisabilityNation about the Ticket and how those of us with disabilities can use it to obtain employment and become self-sufficient and reduce our dependency on benefits. Susan was involved in early discussions back in the 90s focused on identifying solutions to the high unemployment rate among people with disabilities. As director of an employment network, Susan continues to work with Social Security, Maximus and others to bring about further improvements to the program. As a person with a disability Susan presents a different perspective related to disability and our responsibility to be self-sufficient and to control our own lives; a perspective that recognizes the value and contributions that people with disabilities can and should make.
Maximus is the program manager for the Ticket to Work Program. Visit the Maximus Ticket to Work web site to learn more about the program and to get involved. The site offers a wealth of information about the Ticket to Work. You can locate a list of employment networks by clicking here.
Be sure to visit The Social Security Work Site to learn more about initiatives within Social Security Administration designed to help people with disabilities with employment issues. To learn more about The Ticket to Work, be sure to visit the SSA ticket site.
Benefits planning is an important aspect of the Ticket to Work Program. SSA has provided grants to organizations in each state and US territory designed to help people gain access to individualized assistance with their benefits. If you have questions or concerns about your benefits or are thinking of going to work you should connect with the benefits planning specialists in your community. Visit this site to access a current listing of benefits planning grantees in your area. Also, for general information about the benefits planning program visit this link. Finally, click this link to access more detailed information about changes to the benefits planning grants program beginning September 30, 2006.
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