Persons with Disabilities

Welcome to the Ticket to Work Program…it’s all about CHOICES and OPPORTUNITIES!

“Ticket to Work” gives people with disabilities “New Ability” to find meaningful employment.

Ticket to WorkThe Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are receiving SSI or SSDI cash benefits. The Ticket Program is designed to remove barriers that previously influenced people’s decisions about going to work because of their concerns over losing health care coverage.

The goal of the Ticket Program is to increase opportunities and choices for Social Security disability beneficiaries to become gainfully employed by providing information on employment, training and rehabilitation resources, support services and disability health insurance benefits.

The Ticket Program is flexible and voluntary. Social Security Administration beneficiaries are not mandated to participate. Beneficiaries may contact one or more Employment Networks to discuss their services and choose which best fits their needs. The beneficiary and Employment Network will then work together to develop an individual work plan (IWP) to assist the beneficiary in reaching his or her employment goal.

Additional information on the Ticket to Work Program:

Eligibility
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 64 who is receiving SSI and/or SSDI due to a disability.

Interested individuals should:

  1. Have a strong desire to return to work
  2. Be motivated and capable of working on their goals with Ticket to Work staff

CareerSource Pinellas’ Ticket to Work provides:

  • Work with a Certified Workforce Professional
  • Individualized goal setting and work plan development
  • Referral to support services
  • Job search assistance
  • Long-term follow up and support
  • Workshops covering basic computer skills, resume development and interviewing
  • Career assessment and planning
  • Access to labor market and salary information
  • Access to job fairs and other hiring events
  • Benefits planning and workplace accommodations
  • These services are at NO COST to you!

If you are ready to go back to work with CareerSource Pinellas:

  1. View the Ticket to Work Orientation
  2. Print and sign the signature page
  3. Print and complete the Ticket to Work Worksheet
  4. Call for an appointment
Call to make an appointment: (727) 608-2552

DISABILITY SPECIALIST (DS)
The mission of the Disability Specialist is to improve employment outcomes, self-sufficiency and quality of life for jobseekers with disabilities, by ensuring that they have equal access to all services offered through the Workforce System.

The Specialist aids customers with disabilities in their navigation of services and programs. The Specialist provides customers with information on federal, state and local services that pertain to work, training, education and economic self-sufficiency. The Specialist will assist customers in accessing the services available at the centers using assistive technology as applicable. The Specialist will refer customers to services within the center that provide information, job leads, training and other employment related services. When appropriate and not available within the centers, the Specialist will make referrals to community agencies that provide assistance to persons with disabilities.

CareerSource Pinellas' Disability Specialists can help you navigate the maize of programs and services by providing information and resources to guide you in your search.

The Specialist can help you access the services and programs that impact your ability to gain or retain employment. A Disability Specialist can assist by:

  • Providing and guiding your access to services at career centers
  • Facilitating access to resources for people with disabilities in the community
  • Enabling customers to increase their employment opportunities to ease their transition into employment

CareerSource Pinellas has a direct impact on the workforce, business, and education in Pinellas County. We assist an average of 40,000 customers annually, including 1,500 persons with disabilities. The Disability Specialist program of CareerSource Pinellas is nationally acclaimed, encompassing a team that utilizes their experience and partnerships to provide better access for customers and education and connection to local employers.

If you need an accommodation to access any of CareerSource Pinellas' programs or services, please call or email a Disability Specialist. At least one week notice is required for interpreters for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Connect With a Disability Specialist:

2312 Gulf to Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 608-2552

scaum@careersourcepinellas.com

 


RESOURCES FOR WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES
CareerSource Pinellas employs Disability Specialists who can assist job seekers with disabilities access services, activities and programs offered within the centers, provide information to SSI and SSDI recipients on work incentives offered by the Social Security Administration, along with other pertinent disability related information.

Special Services & Adaptive Equipment
CareerSource Pinellas is committed to providing services, activities and programs in fully integrated settings. Job seekers with disabilities who utilize CareerSource Pinellas services are considered universal customers and as such follow the same paths as other customers. Persons with disabilities who require supports, such as interpreter services or Braille materials, to equally benefit from offered services must request those supports in advance.

To proactively accommodate job seekers with disabilities within the centers, CareerSource Pinellas offers the following adaptive equipment within many of the centers located throughout Pinellas County:

  • Job Access With Speech (JAWS)
  • Sign-Language Interpreters (please allow for a 3-day notice)
  • Magnification Software for eased computer screen reading
  • IP-Relay Service for the hard of hearing/deaf
  • Appliances to scan and read printed materials
  • Literature and brochures in Braille upon request

For additional information on the Disability Specialist Initiative or to contact a Disability Specialist near you, call (727) 608-2552 or email scaum@careersourcepinellas.com. For hearing impaired customers, please contact Florida Relay by dialing 711 or 1-800-955-8771.
 

RESOURCES
CareerSource Pinellas can help you keep track of new developments for workers with disabilities. For local and national information, check out the following sites:

Federal Resources

Florida Resources

Pinellas County Resources

National Organizations & Resources