This yr, we have fun 32 years of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (ADA). At Social Safety, we’re dedicated to the ideas and spirit of the ADA, and the numerous methods it improves the lives of our beneficiaries. That’s why we’re celebrating and sharing Matt’s story.
As a job seeker who’s deaf and wishes lodging, Matt was reluctant to inform potential employers about his incapacity. He apprehensive that employers wouldn’t rent him in the event that they knew about his incapacity.
That’s when Matt related with our Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program. This program helps profession improvement for folks ages 18 to 64 who obtain Social Safety incapacity advantages and wish to work. By this free and voluntary program, accepted service suppliers supply helps and providers as contributors transfer towards monetary independence via work.
Matt’s service supplier informed him in regards to the ADA and the way it ensures equal alternative for folks with disabilities and prohibits discrimination within the office. It accomplishes these targets via:
- Anti-discrimination guidelines that forestall non-public employers from discriminating towards certified folks with disabilities once they apply for jobs.
- Rules that require employers to supply cheap lodging to certified staff with disabilities.
Matt and his service supplier recognized lodging that might permit him to show his capabilities each throughout the utility course of and on the job. They created a plan for him to reveal his incapacity and request lodging.
Since Matt additionally needed to know the way his employment may have an effect on his advantages, his Advantages Counselor informed him about our Work Incentives. These guidelines and applications make it simpler for adults with disabilities to boost their job expertise whereas sustaining entry to advantages.
Matt additionally realized that our Medicare-Associated Work Incentive permits him to pursue a profession with out worrying about well being care protection. Matt’s Medicare protection will proceed for greater than seven years after he begins full-time work, even when his revenue exceeds the quantity to qualify for incapacity advantages.
And if Matt’s incapacity interfered with work, he may return to receiving advantages with out having to file a brand new utility via our Expedited Reinstatement Work Incentive.
Matt now works full-time as a human useful resource analyst. Due to the ADA, he acquired lodging for the interview course of and on the job. He additionally discovered that the Ticket Program helped him discover a path to a greater future.
The Ticket Program is right here to assist irrespective of the place you might be in your profession journey. To be taught extra, register for our free webinar, Ticket to Work and Affordable Lodging on July 27. For added data, please go to choosework.ssa.gov.