Stay Employed and Advance
Various strategies help people with disabilities to stay job-connected, remain satisfied, and look ahead at possibilities for job growth.
Natural supports involve tapping into the typical resources that surround you, such as co-workers or work routines that promote inclusion and assistance. Learn more here.
A Ticket-To-Work Employment Network is an organization that provides free support to Social Security beneficiaries, including on-going support after hire.
Long-Term Services and Supports
If you are on a Medicaid Developmental Disabilities or Supported Living Services waiver, you may be eligible for on-going coaching support at your job.
Advancing in the Workplace
There are a number of ways to prepare for growth in your organization or in your field in general. Here are a few to consider:
Keep learning by taking advantage of courses to expand your knowledge and skill sets.
Consider volunteering to take on a new job task or work project and expand your resume.
Keep Track of Your Accomplishments
Maintain a running list of achievements such as positive customer feedback and project results.
Tapping Back into Benefits Counseling
Benefits counseling services are not meant to be “point-in-time” but rather assistance you can tap back into as circumstances change. Here are examples of situations that might lead to re-engaging benefits counseling.
Moving from Part-time to Full-time
If you started a position with part-time hours but have the opportunity to move to full-time, a benefits counselor can help you understand the impact the new earnings will have on your benefits.
Considering a Promotion or New Position
If you are considering competing for a promotional opportunity or a new position with different wages, a benefits counselor can guide you on what to expect.
Considering Work Incentives
Regularly checking in with a Benefits Counselor may help you discover work incentives, or Social Security Administration employment supports, that you may qualify for — particularly if you have new disability-related expenses.
Health First Colorado Buy-In for Working Adults with Disabilities
Otherwise known as the Medicaid Buy-In, this Colorado program allows working adults with disabilities to continue receiving Medicaid even if they earn too much for regular Medicaid. Talk to a benefits counselor to learn more.