Able SC Employment Programs
Ticket To Work
The Ticket to Work program and Work Incentives can allow you to keep your benefits while you explore employment, receive vocational support, and gain work experience.
Able SC is approved by the U.S Social Security Administration (SSA) to serve Ticket Beneficiaries as an Employment Network (EN) under SSA’s Ticket to Work program. Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people with disabilities who want to work, and helps people with disabilities progress towards financial independence. The Ticket program is free and voluntary.
Choosing to work can change your life. The Ticket to Work program and Work Incentives allow you to keep your benefits while you explore employment, receive vocational support, and gain work experience. If you are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) you already qualify!
Able SC’s employment services include:
- Self-esteem/confidence building to prepare for employment
- Access to benefits counseling
- Career options counseling
- Job search skills (resumes, interviews)
- Workplace skill-building (communicating effectively, workplace etiquette, professional relationships, etc.)
- Job performance support
- Troubleshooting Workplace Issues (including disclosure, accommodations, and advocacy)
- Peer Support
People with disabilities can work, want to work, and should be afforded every opportunity to work. Powered by Able SC and the South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition, Hire Me SC is a campaign that promotes a culture of inclusion across the state of South Carolina, one in which employment for every individual, disability or not, is the norm rather than the exception. Hire Me SC aims to transform the existing deficit-based mindset into one that focuses on individuals strengths and talents – advocating for a successful inclusive employment model for everyone within a community.
Whether you’re a job seeker, educator, employer, service provider, or part of the general public, Hire Me SC has a wealth of resources to promote inclusion in the workplace. Visit www.hiremesc.org to see how you can get involved.
The South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition
The South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition is comprised of over 40 stakeholder organizations and individuals working together to eliminate systemic employment barriers for individuals with disabilities in South Carolina. The Coalition’s Committees work on creating resources and trainings for individuals with disabilities, employers, and others in the community. Click here for more information about the Coalition.
The South Carolina Employment First Initiative
South Carolina was one of six states selected in September 2016 by the Administration for Community Living to receive funding in order to increase employment outcomes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities statewide. Employment First emphasizes competitive, integrated employment as the preferred option for individuals with disabilities. The South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition, through collaboration with thirteen Project Partners, will implement the SC Employment First Initiative to address barriers to successful employment for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Able to Work: Work Incentives Planning And Assistance (WIPA)
Our WIPA team works with individuals who receive Social Security benefits (typically SSI or SSDI) to help them understand how working may impact their benefits and work incentives that may be available to them.
Paving the Path for Workforce Inclusion
Paving the Path for Workforce Inclusion (PPWI) is a grant focused on improving employment opportunities and outcomes for individuals experiencing paralysis. This a Quality of Life Grant awarded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Able SC will be hosting multiple six-day Employment Resource Community groups for individuals who are paralyzed. Our Employment Resource Community groups will be a peer-to-peer, and geared towards working with participants to prepare to enter the workforce again or for the first-time. Our groups will focus on developing skills and confidence needed to be a successful employee.
Individuals who are paralyzed can also receive more employment services that are specific to them. These services can include, but aren’t limited to, career planning, employment soft skills development, resume writing, identifying positions, speaking with employers about their disability, requesting accommodations, and others.
Able SC staff will also be providing trainings to employers about how to hire individuals who are paralyzed, myths vs, facts, reasonable accommodations, and the benefits of hiring people who are paralyzed.
Through a partnership with the SC Department of Social Services, Able SC is offering the SNAP2Work program. SNAP2Work helps people who get SNAP (also known as food stamps) gain skills, training, or work experience in order to find a job and become more financially independent.
To qualify for services with Able SC, you must have a disability and be receiving SNAP benefits. You must also be seeking help with employment-related training and job searching.
Some of our employment services are:
- job search assistance
- information on your rights under disability-related laws
- benefits counseling
- resume assistance
- interview skills
If you need a service that Able SC doesn't offer, you're welcome to sign up with another provider and we can help connect you.
Email us at EmploymentPrograms@able-sc.org or call us at the Able SC number at the bottom of this page for more info.