Campaign: Social Security

Accurate Information is Essential - Continuance of WIPA Programs

The success of transition aged youth who choose to pursue work or other career goals is contingent on support from parents. Parents frequently are concerned about maintaining a safety net for their children while hoping for a more independent future for them. Education and support for parents is essential so they understand that it is possible to employ safeguards while pursuing economic self-sufficiency. A continuing ...View full idea »

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create a new ss plan

The current benefit structure for children who transition into adulthood is quite confusing. In our state, there is a medicare or medicaid waiver through an aging voucher. The wait list to receive one of these can be several years and is subject to cuts in spending and also mixed in with all ages and conditions. It would seem logical to create a separate category for children who are diagnosed with a chronic and debilitating ...View full idea »

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Use of Private Investment to Fund Transition Services

Investors lend money to a school or nonprofit with a successful track record for serving youth with disabilities. They get an interest-paying bond in return. The nonprofit then uses the investors' money to expand its promising practice. If the program meets its goals, saving the government money by, say, helping students with disabilities successfully go to college or find a job, the government pays back the investors ...View full idea »

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Support the family caregivers

It is not an uncommon situation for a parent of a child with a serious and debilitating disability to leave their job to take care of their child in the home. Families in this situation should receive some type of benefit or deduction and receive financial credit for the lost income.

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Drop the Age of Ticket Eligibility to 16

Consider dropping the age of ticket-to-work eligibility to age 16, and adjust the milestones so that schools can receive ticket payments when students work. That will provide an outcomes-based revenue stream, building capacity while advancing an evidence-based practice:

http://ilr-edi-r1.ilr.cornell.edu/nymakesworkpay/rpm-transition.cfm

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Use Current Resources before/in addition to Outside Resources

With the AWIC (Area Work Incentives Coordinatior), PAS (Public Affairs Specialist), and PASS (Plan for Achieving Self Support) Cadre positions, SSA (Social Security Administration) has a valuable trained and experienced core of expert employees that specialize in these areas. Allowing additional funding for outreach - outreach on which the community advocates and educators can rely will provide consistent information ...View full idea »

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SSA's AWICs

Social Security's trained corp of specialists, AWICs, are located in communities throughout the country. They are often seen as the "go-to" person with SSA to resolve transitional youth issues. By providing additional funding for the AWICs to go into the communities to attend transition meetings, visit high schools and vocational training centers, we can maximize our strained federal budgets and provide outstanding ...View full idea »

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Ability to Save for a Child

As a parent, the responsible thing to do for my daughter is to save money in a college fund for her. However, because she is a minor, the account should legally be in my name. According to current SSI and Medicaid guidelines, I cannot have more than $1500 between my checking and savings account so it is impossible for me to save money for her. Of course, I know there are ways around this but it should not be difficult ...View full idea »

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Current Benefits

Is the current benefit structure adequate? If not, how would you change it?

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Work Incentives

What can we do to simplify/improve work incentives for young people?

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Raising Expectations

How can we raise expectations about the level of work and earnings that is possible for youth with disabilities, and how can we raise those for ALL stakeholders, not just youth and families, but schools, VR agencies, and others?

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Relationships with Service Organizations

Describe the ideal relationship for youth and their families with the school, provider agencies, and other support systems that builds a culture of work and financial independence for youth with disabilities. How young should the kids be when the system starts coordinating? How can we better idnetify kids receiving benefits so they receive appropriate supports?

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