They say “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” If you have a disability and are thinking about getting a job, a thousand miles is an overwhelming thought. But don’t give up. Here are some great first steps to help you on your journey.
“Is work right for me? Where do I even begin?”
Use Your Ticket
To answer this question, look into Social Security’s Ticket to Work program. Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program designed to support Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who want to work. The program connects you with free employment services to help you in your journey. You can learn more about the Ticket to Work program and how to get started by visiting the Ticket to Work website.
Join a Network of Supporters
For a local focus on employment, you can turn to The Employment Network powered by InControl Wisconsin. On The Employment Network website you can find support for your job search in a community of individuals with disabilities and those who advocate for disability employment. This could be a great tool for networking with likeminded individuals who can help you find a job that you may really love.
Destination: Dream Job
Are you eager to begin your search and learn about what’s out there now? The Disability Job Exchange is a nationwide job search website with a focus on connecting job-seekers with disabilities to disability-friendly employers. In addition to job search, this website provides some great resources and tools over a number of subjects including resume writing and interview tips.
Being a part of the workforce has many benefits for both you and your future employer. The road may be bumpy at times, but there are resources along the way to get you where you want to go. Employment IS possible for those who want start their journey.