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Benefit Finder, a tool that asks users questions about themselves to help them determine which government benefit programs they may be eligible to receive.
The Benefits.gov YouTube channel currently showcases a self-help video about the site’s confidential prescreening tool, the Benefit Finder. The Benefit Finder Tutorial video is a step-by-step visual guide designed to help you better understand how the Benefit Finder works. This short but informative tutorial also aims to help answer common questions you may have while using the Benefit Finder tool.
Each individual who receives SSI or SSDI checks should connect with a Benefits to Work Community Work Incentives Counselor to determine how working can help you as you maintain a safety net of services. 1 (888) 839-5333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social Security Administration Official Website
- Social Security’s Work Site
- Ticket to Work: Beneficiary Information
- Are you interested in learning about how work will affect your Social Security benefits? Attend a free Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) online webinar.
Section 301 provision continues a person’s cash benefit and insurance even after SSA deems the person not disabled. This is for anyone participating in a VR program, EN program, IEP at their school, and a PASS plan. It’s great for those Age 18 Redeterminations!
HUD rule regarding exclusion of income. This rules applies to anyone in public housing, HUD voucher program, Section 811 and 202, and more. Basically, this rule lets people exclude 100% of their earned income for the first 12 months; then exclude 50% of the income the next 12 months. It means that the person’s rent doesn’t go up as soon as the person starts working. It gives them some time before the increase in rent.
Real Economic Impact is the mission of National Disability Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on creating a better financial future for Americans with disabilities. Watch their Understanding Asset Building & Public Benefits for People with Disabilities webinars.
AAC and Workplace Communication: Webcast covers augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and workplace communication. David McNaughton of Pennsylvania State University produced the webcast, which features David Chapple, a person who uses AAC. Topics include skills needed by a person who uses AAC to enter the work force or a volunteer job, vocational skills, social skills, access to appropriate vocabulary challenges, and transition from school to work. For help with assistive technology, please contact the Technology Access Center at (800) 248-6733 or visit www.tacnashville.org.
ABC’s of Schedule A: Job Applicant Created by: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Barriers to Employment Success DVD explains several things that make it hard to find and keep a job, and what will help. There is also a survey available to help people see what is getting in their way of having a good job. $149.95
Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace: What Youth Should Know designed to help youth, including youth with disabilities, recognize signs of bullying in the workplace, and to recognize how bullying differs from disability harassment. The brief offers examples of bullying situations at work and offers strategies to help address the issue.
Career videos from America’s Career InfoNet show careers, skills, and options. Great for discovery and identifying interests.
If, When, and How to Disclose to an Employer That You Have a Mental Health Disability [PDF] poses questions young people can ask themselves to help determine when and how to disclose their disability to an employer. Though the fact sheet is geared toward people with mental health conditions, most of the questions and considerations are relevant to people with any kind of disability.
Disclosure information from the Job Accommodation Network include:
- Advising Youth with Disabilities on Disclosure: Tips for Service Providers – ODEP Publication
- Disability Disclosure and Interviewing Techniques for Persons with Disabilities – JAN Consultants’ Corner
- Dos and Don’ts of Disclosure – JAN Effective Accommodation Practices Series
- Youth, Disclosure, and the Workplace Why, When, What, and How – ODEP Publication
- The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities – National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth Publication
Get a Job Curriculum Book: “Job-related social and self-management skills are essential for students with special needs. Workers with disabilities regularly lose jobs because of difficulties with social situations in job settings. To be successful in getting and keeping a job, students with disabilities need interview skills, social skills in a variety of areas, and most of all preparedness for the many and varied challenges of a job setting. As a result, they need lots of time to learn and practice vocational skills.” This is a 72 page, covered spiral bound book. It includes WIN/MAC CD-ROM with printable pdfs. $39.95
GoTasks is a free task management and list prioritization app.
Harnessing the Accessibility Features of Mobile Devices for Use as Reasonable Accommodations, a Job Accommodation Network archived webinar, is now available for viewing online. The presentation provides an introduction to mobile devices; an overview of problems and solutions for people with sensory, motor, or cognitive/psychiatric disabilities; and a glimpse into the future of mobile technology.
It’s My Future! is an app designed to support adults with developmental disabilities to become more self-determined and to meaningfully participate in their annual planning meetings. The $2.99 app provides self-paced videos and covers topics such as goal setting, community living, employment, and communication skills.
The LEAD Center, a national website funded by ODEP, features the latest LEAD Center news and initiatives, a comprehensive resource center, a national calendar of events and trainings, and information on the LEAD Center’s free webinar series to promote public policy, employment and economic advancement outcomes for all people across the spectrum of disability.
My Life! My Story! is an iPad app people with disabilities can use to create their own story and tell others about their lives.
Navigating Government Benefits & Employment: A Guidebook for Veterans with Disabilities [PDF] From the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), in collaboration with Griffin-Hammis Associates LLC, this four-part guide details monetary, health care and employment services and support benefits, and helps outline the interaction between government benefits and employment or self-employment. The goal is to provide veterans and their families enough information to understand how work income can affect benefits.
Partnerships through Job Shadowing [PDF]: Make the most of a mentoring day experience
Plans for Achieving Self-Support: There’s No Greater Burden Than Potential [PDF] by Dave Hammis, Cary Griffin, Roger Shelley, Russell Sickles, Corey Smith, Janet Steveley and Molly Sullivan, examines the huge untapped Social Security Work Incentive, the PASS plan. In addition to a description of this resource, the article includes case studies and a wealth of links to more information.
Practical Skills for Daily Living A department of Quality Mall. Areas of daily living for all people, with or without disabilities that may be addressed are: meal planning, shopping, cooking, housecleaning, learning appropriate behavior when dealing with different situations: acquaintances, strangers, friends, co-workers, personal hygiene and grooming, along with techniques that professionals might use to teach social skills to persons who have disabilities. Costs vary.
Self-Advocacy Online was developed by the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at The University of Minnesota and is being promoted by The Arc. The site is designed to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) learn to advocate for themselves through multi-media lessons on a variety of topics, a story wall of videos of self-advocates sharing their stories and a national listing of self-advocacy groups to connect people with I/DD both locally and nationally.
Tools for Life AppFinder is a searchable database of apps for living, working, and playing. Visitors to the site can search for apps by category, price range, device type, and disability. All the apps have been tested or are currently being used by members of the Georgia Tools for Life team and peers in the assistive technology community across the country.
Vocational rehabilitation (VR): A young adult’s guide. The Word on Work. Tip Sheet #6 explains how young adults with serious mental health conditions can take advantage of the vocational rehabilitation (VR) services in their state. It describes the types of services available, the eligibility requirement, the overall VR process, the VR counselors’ responsibilities, what to do if problems occur, and where to find the appropriate state agency.
What You Should Know: Questions and Answers about the EEOC and High School Diploma Requirements. The guidance clarifies that requiring a high school diploma when hiring is generally fine, but if an applicant tells an employer he cannot meet the requirement because of a disability, an employer should allow him to demonstrate the ability to do the job in some other way.
Workforce Recruitment Program Video Series starring young professionals that either have disabilities themselves or work with college students with disabilities provide real-life information and personal experiences.
Workplace Safety for People with Disabilities [PDF] focused on evacuation from the National Fire Protection Association
Online and Disability-Specific Job Websites
www.jobs4tn.gov for Tennessee jobs open to anyone.
Job Fairs Find a Job Fair in Tennessee near you!
Accessible Employment website for job opportunities for people with disabilities.
Big Tent Jobs is a Michigan-based recruiting firm which places college educated people with disabilities in positions at accounting, aerospace, consulting, defense and manufacturing companies. Big Tent seeks job candidates with skills in information technology, accounting and finance, engineering and other professional fields. There is no charge to job seekers to use this service. Qualified candidates can register at bigtentjobs.com/candidates.
At Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilties (COSD), it’s our mission to help corporate America find college graduates with disabilities, and vice versa. Career Gateway is the first nationwide online job posting and college student resume database system. FULL ACCESS is a networking and education summit that unites students and graduates with disabilities.
DisaboomJobs Search over 600000 jobs for people with disabilities.
Social Jobs Partnership Facebook Page, a collaborative effort to “facilitate employment for America’s jobless through the use of social networks.” The page includes job search tips, links to employment resources, job postings and more.
Think Beyond the Label is a public-private partnership online jobs portal that connects job seekers with disabilities to employers that are actively seeking to hire them.
- Start with the Career Center in your area. They have the most jobs and connections to local employers. Anyone can use their services. You can work with them before or while you are working with TN Department of Human Services–Division of Rehabilitation Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (TN-DRS-VR). Local Workforce Investment Areas Kathy Pierce (1-Johnson City) Connie O’Vercum (2- Sevierville) Windie Wilson, Kari Llewellyn and Stephanie Potter (3-Knoxville) Staff (4-East TN) Erskine Oglesby (5-Chattanooga) Kathy Rigsby (6-Tullahoma) Ronald Basham (7-Cookeville) Marla Rye (8-Clarksville) Paul Haynes and Donzaleigh Powell (9-Nashville) Jan McKeel and Rick Molder (10-Columbia) Staff (11-Jackson) Ann Pennell and Margaret Prater (12-Dyersburg) Vivian Alexander, Henry Lewis, and Desi Franklin (13-Memphis)
- www.jobs4tn.gov for Tennessee jobs open to anyone.
- Job Fairs Find a Job Fair in Tennessee near you!
- One page guide to Vocational Rehabilitation in Tennessee
- Tennessee AgrAbility Project: Helping Tennesseans Live Independently & Farm Profitably National AgrAbility Expands Access for Farmers with Disabilities and helps thousands of people with disabilities continue their chosen agricultural professions.
GED test preparation classes in Nashville:
- Nashville OIC provides GED test preparation classes, computer training classes, and job placement services to enable unemployed and underemployed persons who are ready and willing achieve a better quality of life. New student orientation every Monday at 8 am at 1819 Charlotte Avenue. For more information, call 615-248-2906.
- Urban League of Middle Tennessee provides GED test preparation classes, computer training, and job readiness assistance as well as many other services. Job-readiness services are available every Monday at 2214 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Suite 100. For more information, call 615-254-0525.
Tennessee Allies in Self-Advocacy: Get involved, be a self-advocate!
For Job-seekers on the Spectrum
Autism Research Institute’s Adults with ASD eBulletin offers monthly articles on many life and employment related issues. Subscribe here.
Autism Speaks Adult Services section is divided into 5 sections:
The Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit can help you with your employment search by giving you tools and tips while you look for a job. This Tool Kit was developed by a diverse group of stakeholders led by adults with an autism spectrum disorder, parents, business leaders, and academic experts.
Asperger Syndrome at Work: Success Strategies for Employees and Employers by Dan Coulter “This DVD is a guide to getting and keeping a job for people with Asperger Syndrome. It contains two programs, one for job seekers and one to show employers the advantages of hiring individuals with Asperger Syndrome. In both programs, employees with Asperger Syndrome and their supervisors, coworkers and job coaches describe how they work together for mutual success.” $40. In the VKC’s media library.
Asperger’s Syndrome, NLD and Employment: 10 Strategies for Success [Free PDF download with email request] shows you how to increase your chances of finding and keeping rewarding work. Based on the most common challenges faced by Forward Motion Coaching clients, it offers practical ideas and examples of how to apply them to your particular situation. Barbara Bissonnette, Principal of Forward Motion Coaching, draws on 20 years of business experience to provide realistic solutions that apply to all kinds of jobs from entry level to management roles.
Getting Hired: A Primer for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome & NLD
Finding a job can be confusing, frustrating and anxiety-provoking for many individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD). This guide explains what it takes to find a job. Topics include: identifying skills, how interests can lead to careers (or not), how to determine what jobs you are qualified for, the difference between hard and soft job skills, marketing yourself to employers, networking, understanding strengths and limitations, and creating a realistic job search plan.
iPod May Ease Transition For Those With Autism summarizes the promising results of a small case study published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. The study suggests that specially-programmed iPods may help individuals with autism perform their jobs more confidently and with less support from job coaches. Read the original journal article here.
JobTIPS is a free program designed to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other learning differences explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment. JobTIPS addresses the social and behavioral differences that might make identifying, obtaining, and keeping a job more difficult for you. JobTIPS targets nearly every aspect of the employment process. Click here for helpful hints on how to use this website.
Living Well on the Spectrum by Valerie Gaus. This book does an excellent job of explaining the differences in how the autistic brain works. It offers very clear advice about how to better manage work, home, school, and other aspects of life.
Self-Advocacy Curriculum from the National Autism Resource and Information Center and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network created a tool that is intended to help individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities learn more about the self-advocacy movement; celebrate neurodiversity; cultivate local self-advocacy groups; and ultimately, become and remain empowered through self-advocacy.
Social Thinking at Work Why Should I Care? by Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke. This book is about social skills important while on the job. It is written to adults who are on the autism spectrum. $22