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

SNAP2Work

Through a partnership with the SC Department of Social Services, Able SC is offering the SNAP2Work program. SNAP2Work helps people involved in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as SNAP or food stamps) gain skills, training, or work experiences to find a job and become more financially independent. Along with the typical employment services Able SC provides, you may be eligible for additional supports through DSS by enrolling in the SNAP2Work to help you achieve your employment goals.

To qualify you must have a disability, be receiving SNAP benefits, and need employment services. If you need a service that Able SC doesn't offer, we can help connect you with another provider through the SNAP2Work program. Email us at EmploymentPrograms@able-sc.org or call us at the Able SC number at the bottom of this page for more info.

Hire Me SC

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 SC Disability Employment Coalition (SCDEC) formed in the fall of 2014, through funding from the SC Developmental Disabilities Council, to address employment barriers for individuals with disabilities in South Carolina. The Coalition is comprised of over 40 stakeholder organizations and individuals working together that represent South Carolina employers, state and private agencies, and individuals with disabilities. The Coalition meets quarterly and has project-focused workgroups. To get involved in the SCDEC and learn more about the workgroups, email us at hiremesc@able-sc.org.

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. Visit our WIPA page for more information.

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 is a Quality of Life Grant awarded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Able SC will be hosting multiple Employment Resource Community groups for individuals who are paralyzed. Our peer-to-peer Employment Resource group will focus on empowering individuals to prepare to enter the workforce again or for the first time. Our groups will focus on developing the 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.