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Good work habits start young, which is why the Social Security Administration is devoted to providing information on employment and employment-related opportunities for the one million youth under the age of 18 receiving SSI payments.
Facts About Youth in Transition and the Ticket to Work Program
The Ticket to Work program serves beneficiaries receiving SSI or SSDI who are age 18 or older and have not reached age 65. The program is completely voluntary, and eligible youth will automatically receive a Ticket in the mail upon reaching age 18 and remaining on SSI or SSDI after their first Continuing Disability Review under adult criteria.
To be successful in an increasing number of jobs, young adults need to develop leadership and cross-cultural skills. These skills can be developed and enhanced through international exchange or study abroad during high school or college. Some people with disabilities are eligible for assistance in this area under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program if they meet the definition of disability and their income and resources are within the allowed limits.
The Social Security Handbook:
To continue to receive SSI while studying abroad, ensure that:
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) funding options:
VR funding is available to some individuals with disabilities. Students with disabilities who receive VR funding for their education should consider studying abroad to be competitive in their future careers.
Get the experience you need to get a job:
It is important that young people with disabilities recognize the importance of international experience, and when possible, include it as part of education and employment preparation. The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) offers free information and resources related to the numerous international exchange options available to people with disabilities of all ages. NCDE is managed by Mobility International USA and sponsored by the United States Department of State. International Exchange Flyer for Printing and Distributing Microsoft Word Format
For more information contact:
Mobility International USA and
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange;
PO Box 10767
What AmeriCorps Can Do For You
AmeriCorps participants receive a stipend or living allowance generally based on minimum wage requirements. Stipends or living allowance payments are wages and are subject to the general rules regarding wages and earned income exclusion for SSI. For those who are considered "students," SSI disregards up to an additional $6,100 per year of wages. As an AmeriCorps participant, you are considered a student if you are not married or head of a household, and under age 22.
AmeriCorps participants are eligible to receive an educational award after the completion of a specified time of service. Educational awards must be applied to college tuition, vocational training or outstanding college loans. AmeriCorps must pay the educational award directly to an educational institution or to a loanholder for repayment. Educational awards are considered wages but are subject to the income exclusion allowed for grants, scholarships and fellowships. This means that any portion of a grant, scholarship or fellowship used for paying tuition, fees, or other necessary educational expenses is excluded from income for SSI beneficiaries considered "students." This exclusion does not apply to any portion set aside or actually used for food, clothing, or shelter.
To find out more information about AmeriCorps, please visit their web site at http://www.americorps.org
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Last reviewed or modified Monday Jul 14, 2008