Welcome

As a vocational rehabilitation practitioner, you play a key role in helping youth who receive disability entitlements to make informed choices about work, earning and their benefits. You 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 you 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.

That's what the Vocational Rehabilitation Practitioner’s Just-in-Time Toolkit is about. Each of the ten tools below are based on information most essential to assist you in supporting youth who receive disability benefits and their families in navigating a path toward successful employment. Each tool is based on a specific knowledge you will need to support a youth in understanding and each has been designed to be used in about five to ten minutes. If you choose, each tool also contains other links to test your knowledge, print out a one-page sheet of reminders or pursue further resources.

Modules

Understanding the Basics of SSI and Appeals

View Module #1   |  Print and Go Checklist

The Medical Continuing Disability Review and the Age 18 Redetermination

View Module #2   |  Print and Go Checklist

How Income and Resources Impact SSI Eligibility and Payment Amount

View Module #3   |  Print and Go Checklist

Using SSI Work Incentives to Create Economic Safety Nets and Pathways to Work

View Module #4   |  Print and Go Checklist

Special Work Incentives for Youth – the Student Earned Income Exclusion

View Module #5   |  Print and Go Checklist

How Earnings Impact Medicaid

View Module #6   |  Print and Go Checklist

Supporting Asset Development and Accumulation

View Module #7   |  Print and Go Checklist

Supporting Effective Decision Making

View Module #8   |  Print and Go Checklist

Supporting and Engaging Families Effectively

View Module #9   |  Print and Go Checklist

Assisting Youth in Transitioning to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program

View Module #10   |  Print and Go Checklist