Y-TAC Webinar – An Introduction to the SSDI and Medicare Youth Toolkit
September 19 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Providing Benefits and Work Incentives Planning Supports Just-In-Time:
An Introduction to the SSDI and Medicare Youth Toolkit
Thursday, September 19, 2019
2:00:00 PM EST – 3:30:00 PM EST
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC) play a key role in helping youth who receive disability entitlements make informed choices about work, including their earnings and benefits. They also play a key role in supporting both youth and their families in not only understanding the impact of earnings on benefits, but also how to develop pathways to greater economic self-sufficiency in support of their life goals.
As VRCs prepare youth to join the workforce of tomorrow, access to reliable and accessible information about benefits and earnings is essential—as is access to qualified benefits and work incentive planners. The VRC Just In-Time Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicare Toolkit series is comprised of 10 modules based on information most essential to assist VRCs in supporting youth who receive SSDI benefits and Medicare, and their families in navigating a path toward successful employment. Each module is based on a specific knowledge needed to support a youth’s understanding of SSDI and Medicare entitlements (with one module devoted to Medicaid and the optional Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities). Each module was developed to take no longer than 15 minutes with links to test the user’s knowledge as well as print out “take and go” pages along with additional resources.
As a result of attending this webinar, trainees will:
- Be introduced to the SSDI and Medicare Youth Toolkit;
- Explore strategies for integrating the tool into existing statewide training efforts for VRCs;
- Explore other avenues for accessing VRC training; and
- Learn how to connect with a Y-TAC Technical Assistance Liaison for ongoing support on this topic.
Thomas P. Golden, Ed.D., CRC, Executive Director, K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability – ILR School, Cornell University
James R. Sheldon, Jr., J.D., Disability Policy Consultant, Buffalo, New York (former Supervisor, Work Incentives Counseling Projects, Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.)