Training & Consulting

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Work Without Limits provides training and consulting services to help build the capacity of employers, employment service providers, state agency personnel, and educational institutions in advancing workplace disability inclusion.


Training and Consulting for Employers

Training and Consulting for Employment Service Providers - New Fall 2018 Training Dates Announced!


Training and Consulting for Employers

All trainings are appropriate for executives, managers, supervisors, recruiters, human resources, and diversity professionals of all group sizes and delivered as 1 hour modules unless offered in combination.

Disability Sensitivity (Pick a Disability)

This highly interactive and impactful module examines the common fears, misconceptions and stereotypes that surround people with disability. This experience demonstrates how easily emotional reactions to disabilities can be transferred to the work setting, and how attitudes can affect the willingness to hire individuals with disabilities. Taken from the Tilting at Windmills disability awareness and sensitivity training program, this experience is:

    • guaranteed to evoke participation ranging from simply raising one’s hand and being counted to sharing personal and professional experiences and insights with the group
    • often used as an ice-breaker for disability inclusion training programs

Disability Awareness: What is Disability and Why it Matters to Business

This highly informative module examines current disability statistics, ADA definitions, and the value proposition for employing individuals with disabilities. Together, participants collaborate and document the positive impact including individuals with disabilities in your specific company’s recruitment and workforce development strategies has on your staff, customers, and suppliers/community. Through the use of mini-lecture, a small group interactive exercise and impactful videos, participants are able to:

    • challenge a personal misconception that surrounds persons with disabilities and employment
    • define disability and identify at least 3 benefits to including persons with disabilities in the workplace
    • share at least 1 disability statistic and 1 promising practice of leading employers

Disability Etiquette

This highly requested module has attendees explore and exercise best practices and tips for engaging people with all types of disabilities in both personal and professional settings. Through the use of case studies, large and small group interactive exercises, mini-lecture, videos, and a reference guide, topics include:

    • the importance of ‘person-first’ language and how the words we use convey our thoughts and beliefs
    • ensuring effective and positive interactions occur with everyone you meet- how to avoid offending someone
    • offering and providing assistance
    • guidelines for interacting with persons with specific types of disabilities including apparent disabilities such as vision, hearing and mobility impairments as well as mental health, learning and other non-apparent disabilities

Interviewing Candidates with Disabilities

Disability Etiquette training is recommended as a prerequisite

This interactive module gives clarity and confidence to hiring professionals in preparation for and during interviews with candidates with disabilities. Case studies of real-life workplace situations are presented and worked on in both large and small groups; mini-lectures and detailed reference guides also cover key topic areas:

    • what can and cannot be asked in an interview
    • the difference between interview skills and the skills to do the job
    • effective engagement in the interactive process to determine the need for accommodations in preparation for the interview and on the job

Conducting Performance Discussions with Employees with Disabilities

Disability Etiquette training is recommended as a prerequisite

This interactive module gives clarity and confidence to supervising professionals in preparation for and during performance reviews with employees with disabilities. In addition to receiving a clear, concise review on the essentials of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including key terms and considerations such as essential job functions and the interactive process for determining reasonable accommodations, other topics include:

    • performance improvement plans
    • conduct issues
    • engaging internal and/or external resources
    • the disclosure of a disability during a performance discussion
      • what to do when accommodations are not effective and performance does not improve

Consulting Services – contact us for a customized proposal

We offer robust consultative services that evaluate your company’s current status of disability inclusion employment practices. Throughout the consultative process, we provide clear direction and actionable, measurable next steps to becoming an ‘Employer of Choice’. Deliverables include an assessment of current disability initiatives and employment practices, a pragmatic set of recommendations, and plan of action including recommended resources to achieve success in the disability employment arena. 

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Nuts & Bolts of SSI and SSDI, Public Health Insurance and Other Public Benefits - Fall 2018 Training Dates Announced!

This training focuses on how earnings from work affects SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other public benefits such as subsidized housing and food stamps. This training also includes an extensive review of the work incentives associated with each benefit and how they can be leveraged to assist individuals with disabilities to transition into employment or increase earnings without jeopardizing benefits. This training is geared toward employment professionals, case managers, peer specialists, and rehabilitation counselors. Participants should attend both days to gain a firm understanding.

To view the flyer and to register, click here


Work Without Limits Benefits Counseling Training & Presentation Descriptions 

Frequently Asked Questions Session: Work & Disability Benefits (1 hour) addresses questions individuals often ask regarding work and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Questions include, but are not limited to, the following: What Social Security disability programs are available? How can I verify my benefits? How does work income impact my cash benefits? What are Social Security work incentives and how can they help me? Can I work and keep my public health insurance? If I lose my Social Security benefits, can I ever get them back? What will happen to my other public benefits if I work? What am I required to report? General answers and resources are provided for each of these questions with the goal of eliminating an individual’s initial fears around employment and public benefits.

Overview of Social Security Work Incentives for Families and Persons Served (2 hours) highlights the main barriers to employment for Social Security disability beneficiaries. Participants are educated on existing work incentives, reporting requirements, beneficiary rights and employment support programs that help them realize work is possible. A variety of community resources are shared so that individuals know where and how to obtain the appropriate supports to assist in making informed decisions about employment and benefits. This training is designed to address concerns of persons served and family members.

Self-Employment & Social Security Disability Benefits (2 hours) provides a working knowledge of work incentives and supports for people who are engaged in self-employment or considering developing their own business. Topics include: how Social Security counts income from self-employment; how to report income to Social Security; how Social Security work incentives may assist a person who is developing their own business; how to partner with specialists who can help develop a business plan; and how a Plan to Achieve Self-Support Plan (PASS) can help leverage important financial resources to develop your business. Participants receive training materials and a certificate of completion. This training is appropriate for employment specialists and other staff working closely with persons served to achieve self-employment goals.

Veterans Benefits & Social Security Disability Benefits (2 hours) covers the similarities and differences of Social Security and Veterans Administration (VA) disability benefits including the application process and what documentation will be necessary to support a claim of disability with Social Security. Participants will also learn how the VA can assist with necessary documentation; what income Social Security will and will not count including the benefits of the Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program for veterans. Participants will also learn the impact of two types of disability benefits available to veterans on SSI and SSDI and review other types of potential income available for Veterans, how to access them and their affect, if any, on Social Security benefits. Participants receive training materials and a certificate of completion. This training is appropriate for case managers, other staff, persons served who are veterans and their families, as well as others working with persons served who are veterans.

The Basics of Social Security Work Incentives for Providers (2 hours) addresses common myths around work and Social Security disability benefits (SSI and SSDI), while providing an overview of work incentives that counter such myths. Participants will review the major differences between SSI and SSDI, how work earnings affect cash benefits, public health insurance (Medicaid and/or Medicare), and other public benefits, i.e. Food Stamps and Subsidized Housing, and best practices on reporting. Participants receive training materials and a certificate of completion. This training is appropriate for case managers and other staff.

Disability Benefits and Transition Age Youth (4 hours) provides information related to the significant benefit changes that young adults with disabilities need to understand as they approach adulthood including the mandatory SSI Age-18 redetermination process, how adult benefits differ from childhood-related benefits under both Social Security programs (SSI and SSDI), and how changes to public health insurance can occur. There is a special emphasis on young-adult-related programs and work incentives such as Section 301 (Continued Payment under a Vocational Rehabilitation Program or Similar Program), the Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) for individuals 21 and younger on SSI, and how a PASS Plan can help young adults leverage financial resources to fund education that may give them a head start on their career goals. Participants receive a set of training materials, a copy of the Going to Work Guide to Benefits and Employment for Young People with Disabilities, and a certificate of completion. This training is appropriate for case managers and other staff that work closely with transition age youth.

The Basics of Social Security Work Incentives & PASS Plans (5 hours) includes the content described above in training #5, in addition to information on the benefits of pursuing a PASS, a Social Security work incentive that helps beneficiary’s reach self-sufficiency, and how to identify a likely, qualifying PASS candidate. Participants will learn about PASS plan eligibility, application requirements and best practices on the application process. Examples that best match common employment goals of persons served will also be utilized when explaining the development of a PASS plan. Participants attending this training receive training materials and a certificate of completion.  This training is appropriate for case managers and other staff.

The PASS Plan Intensive (6 hours) provides in-depth information and tools to assist Social Security beneficiaries to write, submit and maintain a PASS plan. PASS plans help qualified individuals pay for key expenses related to achieving vocational goals, including education, transportation and equipment. The ultimate goal of a PASS is to assist beneficiaries to reach self-sufficiency by becoming independent of benefits. This training is designed to give participants the information required to complete the PASS plan application process through analysis of a successful PASS plan used as an example throughout the training and by learners applying acquired concepts for developing a framework of a PASS plan. This training provides a brief review of SSI and SSDI, but assumes participants have a working knowledge of Social Security disability benefits. Participants receive a comprehensive set of training materials and a certificate of completion. This training is appropriate for employment specialists and other staff that work closely with persons served to achieve employment goals.

The Nuts and Bolts of SSI and SSDI, Public Health Insurance and Other Public Benefits (12 hours) provides a comprehensive training on both Social Security disability benefit programs (SSI and SSDI), work incentives and health insurance (Medicare and Medicaid) associated with each program, and other public benefits that are available in Massachusetts. This training is typically provided in three segments over two consecutive days, one full day and one half day. The first segment focuses on the SSDI program and demonstrates how use of its associated work incentives may delay case closure, prolong the continuation of cash benefits, preserve public health insurance, or help reinstate cash and healthcare benefits to former beneficiaries. The second segment focuses on the SSI program and how its work incentives are available to certain subsets of the beneficiary population and demonstrates how each incentive can reduce, to some degree, the impact that work income normally has on SSI cash benefits. The SSI monthly calculation is reviewed and is the basis of one of the training’s major group activities. The last segment focuses on eligibility requirements and dispute resolution processes of various public benefits includingFood Stamps, Subsidized Housing, Emergency Assistance to Elderly Disabled and Children (EAEDC), Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), Medicare Parts A through D, MassHealth coverage plans including Standard, CommonHealth, and One Care, and the benefits of the Medicare-Buy in program for working beneficiaries. Participants receive a comprehensive set of training materials, a benefits planning calendar that can be used to assist beneficiaries to keep track of earnings,and a certificate of completion. This training is appropriate for employment specialists and other staff that work closely with persons served to achieve employment goals.

The Nuts and Bolts of SSI and SSDI, Public Health Insurance and Other Public Benefits & PASS Basics (16 hours), is a comprehensive training that consists of the same subject matters described in training #9 and the second portion of training #7. This training is typically provided in four segments over two, full consecutive business days. Participants receive a comprehensive set of training materials, a benefits planning calendar that can be used to assist beneficiaries to keep track of earnings,and a certificate of completion. This combined training is appropriate for employment specialists and other staff that work closely with persons served to achieve employment goals.


To view the flyer of our 2018 Training Offerings, click hereRegistration and training details are located on the flyer.

 

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