The myth that employment will lead to loss of benefits, including health coverage, has long been reinforced.
There are programs and resources that offer beneficiaries of disability benefits greater choice in obtaining the support and services needed to help them go to work and achieve their employment goals. It is possible to maintain benefits while progressing toward increased self-sufficiency. Safety nets, resources, and support can be accessed that may allow individuals to continue receiving benefits, lessen their dependency on benefits, and increase their financial well-being. Being fully knowledgeable of and equipped with accurate information about benefits, work incentives, and resources to reduce employment barriers is vital in the employment exploration process.
To learn how work and benefits go together, explore our Impact of Employment on Benefits (PDF) document or choose a specific topic broken out from the document in the list below:
- Impact of Employment on Benefits Intro (PDF)
- Social Security Disability Definition (PDF)
- Social Security Programs for People with Disabilities (PDF)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (PDF)
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) (PDF)
- Unable to Continue to Work (PDF)
- Additional Health Care Options (PDF)
- Benefit Planning and Job Search Assistance (PDF)
Disability Benefits 101
Disability Benefits 101 (DB 101) is a comprehensive website that empowers people with disabilities to make informed decisions about making competitive integrated employment a part of their lives. DB 101 offers state-specific, individualized tools and information on employment and career planning, health coverage options, disability benefits, asset building, education, housing, and community living. DB 101 provides 24/7 access to interactive planning tools, information, and enhanced self-directed learning that deepen the user’s knowledge about work possibilities, opening up the potential of people who may otherwise believe that work is not an attainable goal. DB 101 serves a range of users, including youth with disabilities, job seekers with disabilities, service providers, and their communities. WID offers technical assistance on the integration of DB101 into daily practices and policies in response to federal and state directives and initiatives towards competitive integrated employment for people with and without disability benefits.
Click on the linked image below to go to the DB101 homepage where it will prompt you to choose your state from a checklist of the states mentioned above.
Make It Work: Disability & Competitive Employment Book
Make It Work: Disability & Competitive Employment is a book based on the research from content first taught at the University of California. The evidence-based employment empowerment materials within the book focus on topics that can improve the fundamental competitive employment skills of both youth and adults with disabilities. These employment empowerment materials explain foundational skills for professional success.
Make It Work can be used as a standalone self-help guide to assist people with disabilities, as well as a supplement for providers to augment and improve disability employment programs. The book contains information and exercises about how to manage a disability in the workplace and tips on how to develop additional professional or workplace skills. Each chapter has an accessible accompanying animated video to support the overall objective of each topic.
Click on the topics below to begin exploring Make It Work: Disability & Competitive Employment.
- The Disability Factor (how to position yourself as a job candidate with a disability)
- Workplace Presence (soft skills – marketing yourself)
- Workplace Practices (medium skills – rules of the road)
- Workplace Job Skills (hard skills or job specific skills)
- Workplace Patterns (understanding individual and group differences in the workplace)
- Workplace Job Searching Strategies (finding and winning the job)
- Workplace Pathways to Employment (resources to assist you with your employment)
- Workplace Planning (developing and advancing your career plan)
Access the PDF of the entire book here: Make It Work: Disability & Competitive Employment (PDF).
To learn more about WID’s Employment + Benefits work, please contact Nicholas Love at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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