I received a phone call from the Social Security Administration today. The person wanted to see if Willie wanted to be a part of the 'Ticket to Work' program - something I had not heard of. I stated that he is still in school and we will look into it later in the fall, since he will be out in December. In the meantime, I wanted to take a look at it. As the woman from SSA said, since Will receives SSI, he pretty much qualifies for Ticket to Work. People aged 18 through 64, who receive benefits, qualify. "The career development services and support you need are unique to you. The Ticket program can connect you with the right mix of free employment support services and approved service providers that will best fit your needs." There are work incentives that will help the disabled person keep their cash benefits and health care --
.you may keep your Medicaid/Medicare while you work.
•You have access to individualized support services.
•You can select part-time or work-from-home alternatives to help you reach your goal of financial independence.
•You can try work with confidence, knowing your benefits continue during your transition period.
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In the meantime, I think I will be calling ORS (Office of Rehabilitative Services) to get their take on this since they too offer job help and employment.