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Speak Up for Yourself

In Employment Articles, Featured, News, Ticket to Work Articles by eri

Self-determination is having the freedom to make choices about your own life. Self-advocacy is having the skills to speak up about what choices you want to make.Why should we speak up? By speaking up for what you need or want, you are more likely to: find solutions that work, feel confident and empowered, have ownership in your success. What’s involved …

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Student Earned Income Exclusion 2022

In Blog, Featured, News, Resources, Social Security Benefits, Teen Tips by eri

Do you know about the Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) exclusion? This is a work incentive for students in the Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. To be eligible, you must meet the following conditions: Age under 22 years; Regularly attending school, college or training to prepare for a paying job;* Working. If these conditions are met, Social Security …

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Disclosing a Vision Impairment at Work

In Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, News by eri

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision  published a new advice sheet for people with vision impairments. The advice sheet provides information for people who are blind or have low vision and are considering disclosing their visual disability at work. Topics include the benefits, the pros and cons, protections under …

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Transportation: Knowing the Options

In Accessibility, Blog, Featured, News, Transportation by eri

As you consider your job goals, part of that process is considering how you will get to and from work. If owning and driving a vehicle is not an option, there are many different transportation options. Learn more what they are, how they work, and how to use them.A Variety of Options“Transportation Options for Older Adults and People with Disabilities” …

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See You Later – But Don’t Be a Stranger: Jolin’s Next Adventure

In Blog, Featured, News by Sarah Lyngdal

If you – or someone you know – had ERI’s help applying for benefits, you probably know Jolin Mitchel. He has been the manager and main contact for ERI’s Community Benefits Specialist (CBS) program since its inception. Starting as an intern in 2009, Jolin has become one of ERI’s longest-serving employees. He has helped countless individuals apply for Social Security …

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Guardianship and Voting: Preserving and Restoring the Right to Vote

In Blog, Featured, News by eri

In Wisconsin, anyone 18 years old or older is legally an adult and is presumed by law to be able to manage all personal and financial affairs, including the ability to register to vote and to vote. – DisabilityVote.org Persons with disabilities, even those with guardians, have the right to vote. Often, people don’t know the rules and rights for …

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Mental Health During Times of Crisis

In Blog, Featured, Mental Health Resources, News by Dawn Lalley

If you, your family, or people you are working with are struggling with the news this week, you’re not alone. Almost everyone shares in the horror at this latest tragedy. Please know that it’s okay not to be okay. According to Mental Health America Wisconsin (pdf): What’s important right now is focusing on supporting one another and promoting healing within …

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Tips for Improving Your Financial Health

In Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, Financial Resources, News by Dawn Lalley

Some traditional barriers to employment have gone away. An increase in the number of people working from home since COVID-19, means people with disabilities don’t need to go to an office. They don’t have to find transportation. They often have the accommodations they need at home and often more flexible schedules. This gives people with disabilities more chances to find …

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Social Security Offers More Options for Getting Help

In Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Social Security Benefits by eri

Starting in early April, if you need to talk to someone at Social Security, you will have more options. Social Security will add more in-person appointments and offer in-person service for people without an appointment. During the pandemic, millions of people used Social Security’s secure and convenient online services and received help by phone and in their offices by appointment. As …

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Free Tax Preparation Services

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Tax Resources by eri

It’s tax time again. It’s good to know that you may need to pay taxes on your Social Security benefits. Social security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor and disability benefits. They don’t include supplemental security income (SSI) payments, which aren’t taxable. You may be required to pay taxes in certain circumstances. Some examples include when you have income from other …