After many hours spent filling out forms and dotting my ” i’s”, I’ve been awarded a contract as a vendor for the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program.
I tend to do poorly with forms and details (just ask my husband!) and I knew it would be torture. Yet another example of the devil is in details.
But I know how hard it is to live with chronic illness and find and maintain a job in which you can thrive. I’m delighted that the government sees a way that it can offer support to people with chronic illness by giving them the tools they need to work in whatever way they can.
So I figure maybe I can be of service this way.
Do you live with chronic illness, receive social security disability benefits, want to go back to work and believe you could use some coaching on this? Or know someone who would qualify? Contact your SSDI office. I’m told I’m on their listings. You can find out specifics about my services on my website. But there are other opportunities to choose from.
FYI! All vendor services are free of charge to recipients.
Why would you choose to work with a career coach if you’ve been on disability and want to become employed again? Here are some reasons:
- Although you have an employment history, you’ve been out of work so long that you fear you’re no longer employable.
- You don’t know how to look for a job since you’ve been out of the workforce so long.
- You’re unsure how to talk about the gaps in your resume or how and if you should talk about the illness.
- You can’t do the tasks you once could and you’re not sure you’ve skills that will get you employed.
- You worry about being an unreliable employee and wonder if that’s a good reason not to try.
- You’re just plain scared to go back to being employed.
I don’t have job listings, I don’t give solutions but I can help you find your own answers, create strategies for how to do a job search and work with you to stay on course. The rest is up to you.
If you read my stuff, you know that I believe that work can be good for your health. That’s why I’ve become an SSDI Tix to Work Vendor.
For more information about the program, read this post (Don’t forget Your Ticket to Work)
I hope you’ll pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested.