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Gifts and Social Security Benefits

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Seasonal Favorite by eri

We hope you enjoy many gifts this holiday season. And remember, sometimes the best gifts don’t come in packages. Just in case, it’s a good idea to learn how gifts are viewed by Social Security for the SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) programs. Gifts Don’t Affect SSDI At AllLet’s start with the easy one: SSDI. …

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5 Helpful Apps to Stay Organized in School

In Assistive Technology Resources, Featured, Teen Tips by eri

You’re in school, and COVID-19 can’t stop you from exploring. Whether you’re attending school in-person, remotely, or a combination of the two, your device can be a doorway into other worlds – important news, celebrities, style, music, parties, sports, love. It can also help you explore and discover interests that could lead to an exciting job in the future. It’s …

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Learn, Explore, Take Action! How to Use High School to Jumpstart Your Future

In Blog, Featured, News, Teen Tips by eri

Hey Teens and Parents: Learn, Explore, Take Action!We’ve always known high school is more than going to classes, and the shift to online learning due to COVID is proving it! High school is about learning who you are, exploring what you want to be as an adult, and taking actions to have the life you want. If you’re a teen …

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Advocacy Spotlight: Assistive Technology

In Advocacy, Assistive Technology Articles, Blog, Featured, News by eri

Did you know? People with disabilities of all ages have the right to receive needed assistive technology (AT) and related services. These rights are outlined in the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act of 2004), a federal law that provides funding to states to assist people with disabilities obtain: information on technological resources necessary assistive technology Assistive Technology AdvocacyIf you or …

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ADA 30th Anniversary – Celebrate. Learn. Share.

In ADA Articles, Employment Articles, Featured, News by eri

If you have a disability, you have the same rights to opportunities and employment as anyone else. If you care about someone with a disability, you have the opportunity to share with them the common goal and experience of finding and growing a career. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) helped to bring this right to the forefront and is …

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Work from Home: Career Exploration Tips

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

Work from home jobs are appealing to many people, including to those with disabilities. Not only does it eliminate transportation barriers, but it saves money in gas, vehicle maintenance, and clothing. A common question asked of ERI’s employment specialists is “How can I get a job that I can do at home?” Opportunities to work from home have increased dramatically …

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Working from Home: A Self-Assessment

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

Are you one of the many workers who began working from home in response to COVID-19? If so, you may be having conversations with your employer about continuing working from home permanently. In a recent survey, nearly 75% of business leaders surveyed said they expect some of their workforce to continue working remotely when COVID-19 ends (Source: Kovar, 2020). This …

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FreshEBT: Your Online Guide to Managing FoodShare Benefits

In Benefits Articles, Featured, Healthy Eating, News by eri

How do I apply for FoodShare Wisconsin? Which stores and farmer’s markets accept the Quest Card? Can I check my balance online? Am I eligible for other benefits? These are just a few of the questions you might have about Wisconsin’s FoodShare program. FreshEBT can answer them, and many more! FreshEBT is an online guide to managing FoodShare benefits in …

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Career Advice: “Change Can Be a Very Good Thing”

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Ticket to Work Articles by eri

On a day off you might find Lori in a canoe on a lake, fishing, or sitting with a cup of coffee just enjoying a sunny day. After many years of unexpected changes and challenging situations, she enjoys her life and looks forward to more opportunities to learn and grow. When asked what advice she would give to someone thinking …

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Free Tax Preparation Services to Meet the July 15, 2020 Filing Deadline

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

The tax filing deadline was extended to July 15, 2020, by The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and State of Wisconsin in response to COVID-19. If you haven’t filed your taxes already, you still have time to get free tax preparation help. Individual resource agencies listed here may have COVID-19 protection requirements, such as social distancing or temperature screenings, to protect …