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Old 08-21-2012, 11:04 AM
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I shared this with 2 people I know!
HI there, Glad the information was helpful! I am always here to speak with them directly or answer their questions about the program and my experience too!

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Old 08-21-2012, 08:17 PM
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hello, I added u to my facebook, I hope that was ok. I am very interested in the job for people who r on SSI and SSDI , I am so glad I came to this forum. Thanks for the information. Hugs.
Hi there!! Which facebook did you try friend me at? I have a few different accounts open!

It is best to follow me on a specific one for Ticket to Work updates and job openings etc. I don't think I can post that link in here but please email me via [email protected] and just reference this forum post and that you need the EO facebook page link! I post tips, job openings, blog updates etc etc about Ticket to Work jobs and information!

thanks so much!
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:02 PM
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Talking more facts about Ticket to Work

Check out two blogs from 2 active participants in the Ticket to Work program.

One is me! and my story that I have shared here before.

The other is a collegue, Ray Morrison, who is a Senior Job placement specialist in Ticket to Work but also is disabled and working because of Ticket to work.

We hope that our blogs help inspire and give the facts you need about Ticket to Work for those who receive SSDI and/or SSI benefits and want to return to work.


Ticket to Work is a ‘free’ Return-to-work program created for disabled citizens on SSDI or SSI benefits.

--Learn more about Ticket to Work incentives, safety nets and where the jobs are.

--These two blogs review ticket to work basics, common questions, benefits and provide 2 success stories to the program!
Learn more about Ticket to Work incentives, safety nets and where the jobs are.

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Questions? Contact me here, PM, email or phone any time here to help spread the word about this free program that is changing lives ---including mine!


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Old 09-22-2012, 10:42 AM
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Question What if you're waiting to get SSDI approval?

I filed for SSDI in April of 2011, due to complications from MS. I am still going through the seemingly never-ending process. I had my hearing March 2012 & just received the denial. (unfortunately, I got the judge that denies 95% of the cases that come before him - I'm not kidding). I am appealing the decision, but that could take another year, or more. I haven't had any income for over a year, have gone through my savings & I had to rent out my small home (because I can't afford to live there). The rent my tenants pay just covers the house payment & I'm now living with my parents - not what I hoped my life would be like at 50.
Anyway, the reason I've given the above information is this - I need to get some money coming in. I have checked a few websites that offer job assistance for people with disabilities, but they all state you have to be actually receiving SSDI or SSI to qualify. My question is this - what about those of us that need to work from home & are wating to get approved for benefits? I have also been looking online for WAH jobs, but the jobs that I could do require a minimum of 20 hours per week. I can only have a small amount of income or I won't qualify for SSDI. Any ideas?
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:14 AM
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I have worked in the past with individuals with severe psychiatric and physical disabilities. Typically most of the folks that I worked with applied for benefits three times before getting approved. That may be something that you may want to keep in mind if you choose to continue on in the process of obtaining benefits.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:52 AM
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I too am receiving my social security due to a health disability. I too am extremely grateful that I had worked hard all those years to build up my social security benefits, but those benefits barely keep me afloat. Such is why I turned to building my own home based business. I needed a way to stop being a victim of circumstances and the best way to do that is to change my circumstances. It would have been nice if I would have had the confidence and the vision to see opportunity years back because if I had, I wouldn't be writing this note because I would never have needed to collect my social security! Oh well, living and learning is a great thing!

The information you shared is wonderful and no doubt can help many like us who are driven to work regardless of our circumstances and those of us who choose not to be the victims of circumstance no doubt will overcome those obstacles. Thank you Lori for sharing and caring! No doubt you are a blessing to many!

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Old 09-27-2012, 02:21 PM
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I filed for SSDI in April of 2011, due to complications from MS. I am still going through the seemingly never-ending process. I had my hearing March 2012 & just received the denial. (unfortunately, I got the judge that denies 95% of the cases that come before him - I'm not kidding). I am appealing the decision, but that could take another year, or more. I haven't had any income for over a year, have gone through my savings & I had to rent out my small home (because I can't afford to live there). The rent my tenants pay just covers the house payment & I'm now living with my parents - not what I hoped my life would be like at 50.
Anyway, the reason I've given the above information is this - I need to get some money coming in. I have checked a few websites that offer job assistance for people with disabilities, but they all state you have to be actually receiving SSDI or SSI to qualify. My question is this - what about those of us that need to work from home & are wating to get approved for benefits? I have also been looking online for WAH jobs, but the jobs that I could do require a minimum of 20 hours per week. I can only have a small amount of income or I won't qualify for SSDI. Any ideas?
Hello there,
thank you for posting and opening up about your own story. I know that is not always easy. I wish there was a magic answer for people who desperately need SSDI but can't get approved. I know it is a struggle for many.

I agree with the person that said some people it takes 3 times to get approved for some reason. There are alot of resources out there for people who have disabilities but need work and are not receiving SSDI/SSI. I will share some with you!

The company I work with -Employment Options- is certified in the Ticket to Work program and was created for those who are 'currently' receiving SSDI/SSI. That is just how the SSA and congress set up the this program.

I did post some other resources on this forum, perhaps on a different post last week, for the disabled.

For additional job resources, we put together a list via our help center: just email [email protected] and a list of resources will be emailed that we highly recommend or send people to.

Here are resources for the disabled off the top of my head for employment nationally.

1). Contact your State department of Vocational Rehab office. Sometimes called DARS.
they often have funds and resources available to help with accommodations and other needs that someone on disability might require. (the [email protected] email will list a website) (sometimes coordinated with Work One or One stop offices)

2). Ability links - Contact Bill OConnor - they help disabled jobseekers nationwide connect with employers who have national jobs. email [email protected] or call 630-909-7444, just tell him you talked to lori adler

3). There are alot of Work at home companies hiring. Some do offer part time but often hard to find those where you don't have to work 20 hours. but that does'nt mean they do not exist. Forums such as this are great! the latest job leads are posted.

4). Job Accommodation network is another great source for listings

5). Gettinghired.com is another good one.

hope this is helpful!
best wishes in your search!
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:26 PM
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I too am receiving my social security due to a health disability. I too am extremely grateful that I had worked hard all those years to build up my social security benefits, but those benefits barely keep me afloat. Such is why I turned to building my own home based business. I needed a way to stop being a victim of circumstances and the best way to do that is to change my circumstances. It would have been nice if I would have had the confidence and the vision to see opportunity years back because if I had, I wouldn't be writing this note because I would never have needed to collect my social security! Oh well, living and learning is a great thing!

The information you shared is wonderful and no doubt can help many like us who are driven to work regardless of our circumstances and those of us who choose not to be the victims of circumstance no doubt will overcome those obstacles. Thank you Lori for sharing and caring! No doubt you are a blessing to many!

Joie

Hello there,

Thank you for your post and sweet words. These forums are great to meet and share with people who experience similar life events and can be a great support system. they surely have been for me over the years. I still struggle even though I work just because of life's obstacles or life in general!

But, I truly hope in some way my story gives hope to someone and if if the employment network I work with can't help perhaps the other resources I provide that we share too could help too.

So many resources are out there and people don't know!

I always feel the more we share and help each other, the better off we are. I wish our company could help every single person out there but I know that is not possible. But the internet has created a way to share information like never before!!

so share share share
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:23 PM
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Thanks for the information. A couple of them I have already tried, but the other two are definitely worth a look. I appreciate you taking time to get this to me!
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