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Jobs Are Hard to Find For Those on Disability – Twice As Hard
Locating a great job in this economy isn't easy, if you're disabled it's even more difficult. Now, with the federal Ticket to Work program, those on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can now get free counseling and job placement.
By: Lori Adler
Under this program, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issues “a ticket” to eligible beneficiaries who, in turn, assign their ticket to EN’s who offer no charge, employment counseling and job placement. The program itself allows beneficiaries to make money and still retain all their health and cash benefits during the transition period. Paula Vieillet, President of Employment Options, a certified (EN) said, “We are trying to fill over 3,000 part- and full- time work at home positions for the holiday season. This is an especially good time for beneficiaries to try to work again because it is a short time commitment and would give someone a chance to see if they are suited to working at home. And a little extra money around the holidays doesn’t hurt either!"
President Obama declared October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month and all employers should be aware of the Ticket to Work program. For every Ticket to Work holder hired employers receive a tax credit up to $2,400 per employee. The employer also benefits from a fully pre-screened applicant who already understands the job duties and has been assessed as able to fulfill them.
Ms. Vieillet, who also authored the book EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS: The Ultimate Resource for Job Seekers with Disabilities and other Challenges, said “Those beneficiaries who have at-home Internet access, can type 30+ words a minute, between the ages of 18-63 and like working with people can look at all the different kinds of jobs on MyEmploymentOptions.com and even pre-qualify for our employment services.”
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Employment Options is a Certified Social Security Administration (SSA) Employment Network for the Ticket-To-Work program. They help beneficiaries on disability insurance (SSDI) and supplemental insurance (SSI) get jobs and provide valuable resources, tools, and support for success. A fully virtual company, job placement coordinators are available across the country. For more information, visit www.myemploymentoptions.com or contact Lori Adler at firstname.lastname@example.org.