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Life after UP: Going to Work. By Cassie Coco and Charlotte Pritchett. Agenda for Today. Introduction Finding a job Making the most of benefits Review the effect of earned income on benefits The services of the UP program vocational component. Finding a Job.

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life after up going to work

Life after UP: Going to Work

By Cassie Coco and Charlotte Pritchett

agenda for today
Agenda for Today
  • Introduction
  • Finding a job
  • Making the most of benefits
  • Review the effect of earned income on benefits
  • The services of the UP program vocational component
finding a job
Finding a Job
  • Your participant will have job experiences to help when leaving the UP Program
  • If they lose that job they will need resources for getting another one
  • Following are some of these:
    • Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
    • Employer Assistance and Recruiting Network (EARN)
    • Ticket to Work
vocational rehabilitation services
Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Provides services for people with disabilities to assist in finding employment, including:

  • Technology assessments, equipment and software to assist with work
  • Vocational assessments
  • Financial support for training
  • Job sampling
vr continued
VR continued
  • Help finding a job
  • Training for a specific job
  • Supported employment/job coach
  • Long term follow up
  • Paid, 4 month internships

*VR contact information found on the Resource People and Agencies sheet

employer assistance and recruiting network earn
Employer Assistance and Recruiting Network (EARN)
  • Offers assistance to employment service providers and job seekers
  • Provides job leads from employers wanting to hire people with disabilities
  • Toll free # 1-866-EARN-now (1-866-327-6669)
ticket to work
Ticket to Work
  • For SSI recipients ages 18 to 64
  • The Ticket to Work can be used to find a job through VR or any other Employment Network (EN):
    • job referrals
    • skills and job training
    • employment support/job coaching
    • No reevaluation of SSI eligibility
ticket to work cont
Ticket to Work Cont.
  • You should have been sent a Ticket to Work when you qualified for SSI or when you turned 18.
  • You may request another one
  • Contact: Ticket Call Center: 1-866-968-7842 or
making the most of your income and benefits
Making the Most of Your Income and Benefits
  • Plan to Achieve Self Support (PASS)
  • Impairment-Related Work Expenses (IRWE)
  • Expedited Reinstatement (EXR) of benefits
pass program
PASS Program
  • A work incentive plan that allows person receiving SSI to set aside otherwise countable income for a specified period of time
  • The money can be set aside to achieve a goal:

For school, tools, transportation, uniforms, computer, etc. to help you get a job

* Must develop a written plan to submit

  • Contact:
impairment related work expenses irwe
Impairment-Related Work Expenses (IRWE)
  • Cost of items may be deducted from your earned income for SSI payment purposes
  • Items or services that allow you to work: transportation, job coach, wheelchairs ramps, prosthesis, routine medications and services, service animal.
  • Cost of services must be reasonable
  • No other agency or benefit can pay expenses.htm
expedited reinstatement of benefits exr
Expedited Reinstatement of Benefits (EXR)
  • How do you get your benefits back fast if you have lost them because of excess income?
  • Eligible for SSI if you lose your job within 5 years
  • No new application needed
  • EXR allows payments for 6 months while medical review takes place
  • You must still have your original impairment or something related


services of the up program vocational component
Services of the UP Program Vocational Component
  • Career Development Course
  • Networking in the Community
  • Networking with VR
  • Networking with Parents
  • Benefits Analysis courtesy of WORKworld software?
  • WIPA coordinators:
    • Provide work incentives planning and assistance
    • Help families and beneficiaries determine eligibility for federal and state work incentives programs
    • Refer to State VR agencies or Employment Networks
    • Provide information about health benefits once working
    • Contact:
  • 2011 Red Book and 2012 updates: A Summary Guide to Employment Supports for Persons with Disabilities under the Social Security Income Programs