Youth and families have the chance to learn about work. In ASPIRE, youth will opportunity to work in the community. But first, you will explore jobs, visit with business owners, and more.
Choosing to work – In making the choice to go to work, you will need to gather information. The following websites will provide important resources for that information.
Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach/WIPA – Do you receive Social Security – SSI or SSDI? Do you want to go to work or work more hours? Do you want to know how earning more money effects your Social Security? Benefits planning can help you understand what this means when you go to work or increase your work hours.
Social Security Administration – The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs are the Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. These two programs are different in many ways. Learn more about what Social Security is and how it affects you. For a simple explanation, see Work Ability Utah.
Advocacy – Understand your rights and responsibilities and those of the business. This will help to smooth the employment process. What are your rights? Who can help you? What must the business do?
Training – Depending on the type of work you want, training may be needed. These two agencies may help that training or recommend other sources to you.
Vocational Rehabilitation – The mission of VR is to assist and empower eligible individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain meaningful employment. Vocational Rehabilitation services can include: Counseling and guidance, medical services and treatment, assistive technology, training and education, job placement, and follow up services.
Department of Workforce Services – Utah’s “one stop” for information on finding a job, food stamps, financial services, health care, child care and more.
Find the Job – There are many places to go to look for jobs. The following programs will provide more information geared toward individuals with disabilities.
Job Openings PWDNET – Search for jobs with employers who understand disabilities. These businesses have received training in recruiting and hiring of people with disabilities. They understand accommodations and how to provide those at the interview and in the workplace.
On-The-Job Training (OJT) – Learn while you earn! Get a job with a business and let your employer train you. Businesses are reimbursed a portion of the costs to train you. Some job skills may be required.
Choose to Work – To meet the expanding needs of Utah employers by providing them with qualified and job ready individuals. Provide statewide job development and placement services to Utah job seekers with disabilities, offering employers a constant source of job applicants. Check out the CTW brochure.
Department of Workforce Services www.jobs.utah.gov – DWS works with businesses to post job openings across Utah. You can visit a local office or view job openings online.