Week 1 – February 6th, 2024 Theme: A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment

Has a family or student ever asked about employment rights under the ADA? The ADA website offers an easy to follow Q&A titled, “A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment.” Families will learn who is protected, how to ask for reasonable accommodations, and much more. https://www.ada.gov/resources/employment-seeking-guide/

Week 2 – February 13th, 2024 Theme: Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Have you heard of the Job Accommodations Network (JAN)? JAN’s website offers an elaborate index of possible accommodations categorized by “disability, topic, and limitation. This information is designed to help employers and individuals determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).” This might be a good resource to share with families wanting to understand work accommodations. https://askjan.org/a-to-z.cfm

Week 3 – February 20th, 2024 Theme: Prepare for Social Security Benefits

If you are asked about Social Security Income application guidelines, would you know where to send a parent for more information? There is a quick resource at SSA.gov for families seeking information on eligibility and link to the application. https://www.ssa.gov/prepare

Week 4 – February 27th, 2024 Theme: Supplemental Security Income After Age 18

As you working with families who are developing transition IEPs with the school team? Families may want to better understand what work might mean for their child when on SSI? This resource from Indiana describes how Supplemental Security Income changes After Age 18https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/doc/resources/benefits-fact-sheets/students-in-transition-ssi-after-age-18.pdf