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Explore your employment potential…find out more about our employment counseling services.
Work & Benefits Counseling
Understand working and public benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medicare, and Medicaid, etc. Find out more about work and benefits…
Ticket to Work
Supports workers with disabilities to maintain long-term employment and confidently leave Social Security benefits. Find out more about ticket to work…
A program serving adults who have mental illness and live in Dane County.
Our Community Benefit Specialists help people navigate the lengthy and complex process of applying for and maintaining benefits. They can meet with people out in the community and work to make sure an application is complete and accurate.
Training development, technical assistance, and consultation services…
- Request a speaker or find out more about our topic expertise
- Access online training (you will be leaving this website)
- Request help with online training
- Training design and development services
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of services do you provide for someone seeking a job?
ERI is committed to assisting individuals with disabilities in achieving employment goals and advancing in the world of work. To help job seekers with disabilities, we offer a variety of services including:
- Employment Counseling: We provide counseling around employment planning and career directions for individuals considering work.
- Employment and Benefits Counseling: We provide information and resources about how work may impact public benefits and healthcare coverage. We can provide information on work incentives to help individuals return to work. We can connect individuals to information and resources to improve their financial situation.
- Career Advancement and Benefits Counseling: Through our Ticket to Work Employment Network, we help people with disabilities already working advance their employment and career goals and provide benefits counseling to assist people transitioning off of public benefits.
Can I work and keep my benefits?
Many people with a disability want to work, earn more, or start a career. But, some fear that work will lead to a loss of income or needed public benefits.
If you get Social Security disability benefits, such as SSI or SSDI, and you start working or return to work, you must report any income you earn to the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, this does not mean that the amount of your benefits will be affected or that you will stop receiving disability benefits.
In fact, for the majority of people we counsel at ERI, the positives of work and the additional income typically outweighs the potential reduction in benefits. Any decrease in benefits needs to be weighed in comparison to the financial gains and quality of life that work offers.