Work and Finances

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Finding a Job

Career Preparation for College Students: Getting Started

Workforce Recruitment Program – The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

Social Security

Disability Planner – SSA – If you are unable to work, you may want to check into this when your parents retire or pass away, even if you are already receiving SSI. The SSI amount could increase substantially. An adult disabled before age 22 may be eligible for child’s benefits if a parent is deceased or starts receiving retirement or disability benefits. SSA considers this a “child’s” benefit because it is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record. The “adult child”—including an adopted child, or, in some cases, a stepchild, grandchild, or step grandchild—must be unmarried, age 18 or older, and have a disability that started before age 22.

Continued Medicaid Eligibility for People Who Work and receive SSI (Social Security Income) benefits. When you read this, pay close attention to definitions. Note they say you must still be “disabled” and follow that link to determine what “disabled” means. Note they say you still must meet “SSI eligibility requirement” and follow that link. This page has definitions and mentions that part of their definition of “disabled” means the “inability to do any substantial gainful activity” or SGA.  On that same page, “substantial gainful activity” is described as a level of work activity that is both substantial and gainful. Work activity performed on a part-time basis may be  SGA. They could determine that your ability to do part-time works means that you have the ability to perform substantial gainful activity and this then means that you are no longer “disabled” according to their definition of disabled.

Recommended Reads

The Hard Truth About Soft Skills by Peggy Klaus

Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It


Information for People with Disabilities from the IRS

Financial Information from CHASA

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Resources for Employers

Recruiting and Hiring Employees with Disabilities