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Free "Return to Work" Webinar for Veterans Receiving Social Security Disability - November 19


Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, there will be a National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) with important information about Social Security's Ticket to Work (TTW) and other work incentive programs. The TTW program can help Veterans and others age 18 - 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI and/or SSI) return to work without losing their benefits. Register online or by calling 1-866-968-7842 (TTY: 1-866-833-2967).    



"How to Start A Business" or "Be Your Own Boss" Seminar     

Tuesday, November 25

Tuesday, November 25, 4- 6:00 p.m. 

    Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room, 800 W Dakota, Pierre

    (605) 773-2780

    email - enhancement@csded.org

    No charge to attend

    Pre-registration required by November 20

      Interested in starting your own business? Attend this seminar and learn how to get started, available financing and how to successfully market your business. 


      12-10-14 Free Webinar! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Back to Basics from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST.

      Even though it's been nearly 25 years since the passing of the ADA, many of us are still often unsure or unclear about what the ADA covers, and who and what it applies to.  This webinar will feature the Northeast ADA Center Technical Assistance Team sharing, and answering, some of the ADA related questions that are still most often asked by our constituents in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, New York and New Jersey.  We will primarily focus on the ADA's definition of disability, the basic requirements related to accessibility and accommodations within employment, public, and private business settings, and how you can file a disability discrimination or ADA violation complaint.  This webinar would likely be of interest to anyone looking to learn and understand more about the basic components of the ADA! To register, visit:



                 National News

      Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplace Begins Nov. 15

      Secretary Perez meets with Lori and Patrick Smith of Ohio. They were able to obtain health coverage through the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion after health problems caused them to lose their jobs and employer-sponsored insurance. Click for a larger photo.

      Increasing access to quality health care has been one of the primary goals of the Affordable Care Act. Secretary Perez was in Ohio on Nov. 12 to meet with Lori and Patrick Smith, a married couple who were able to obtain health care coverage as a result of Medicaid expansion under the ACA. In the past year, hundreds of thousands of Ohioans have obtained health insurance and even more Americans now have the opportunity to get coverage. Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on Nov. 15, with an updated browsing and shopping experience on HealthCare.gov. The website has been streamlined to make it easier to use, now requiring only a zip code to view plans and a few questions to get a financial assistance estimate. The website also has been optimized for access through a smart phone or tablet. All consumers should enroll by Dec. 15 in order to have coverage effective on Jan. 1, 2015.


      Visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/ 




      Medicare Coverage of Speech-Generating Devices

      CMS is beginning work to update policy on coverage of speech-generating devices to reflect changes in the technologies and usage. While this work is being done, the devices are eligible for coverage under Medicare. 

      To view the new benefit category analysis or to submit comments, please click on the link below.  CMS is accepting comments through December 6. 



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      Introducing PEATworks.org 

      The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has launched PEATworks.org—a comprehensive web portal spearheaded by the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT).

      From educational articles to interactive tools to expert interviews, PEATworks.org has something for everyone. We encourage you to stop by, explore, and get excited about accessible technology.



      Assistive Technology Training Available

      for South Dakotans who are Blind or Visually Impaired


      The Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired is offering training to access mobile devices and personal computers for South Dakota citizens with vision loss.  The instruction will address built in accessibility options for those with low vision or who are blind.  The training is free to adults and high school students with vision loss.  No devices, applications or software will be purchased through the program and training is individualized with up to five hours of instruction per program participant.  For more information contact any Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired office http://dhs.sd.gov/sbvi/address.aspx or contact the SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind at 605.367.5260 or call toll free: 1-800-658-5441.






      National News

      Grants to Expand Job Opportunities for

      People with Disabilities

      Six states — California, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota and South Dakota — were awarded $14.8 million to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. The grants will allow these states to expand access to programs that offer career pathways and encourage greater partnerships between educational institutions, business owners and disability advocates. This is the fifth round of funding for the Disability Employment Initiative, which supports 37 projects in 26 states. "Breaking down barriers to employment for people with disabilities is important in order for our country to field a full team and ensure that no worker is left behind," said Secretary Perez.

      Read the News Release at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20141764.htm



      SSA to Resume Mailing Social Security Statements 




       Stay at Work - Return to Work

      New fact sheet from Office of Disability Employment Policy






      What's New

      Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

      Signed into Law

      President Obama signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act July 22, 2014. Secretary Perez (far left) witnesses the signing. (Official White House). Click for a larger photo.

      President Obama, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, and congressional and workforce leaders came together on July 22 as the president signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into law. The signing came after the bill's passage in Congress with strong bipartisan majorities in both houses. The new law marks the first major update to federal job training programs in more than 15 years and will help to streamline and coordinate workforce and adult education programs at the federal, state and local levels. That same day, Vice President Biden released his report, "Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity," which lays out specific actions the administration is taking to ensure federal investments in skills training are leading people toward good jobs. Many of the principles in the report were incorporated into WIOA, and those principles will serve as the foundation for future job training investments. Perez thanked several thousand stakeholders in the workforce development communities the next day for their work leading to the development of the law and acknowledged the important work ahead to effectively implement it. On July 24, Perez joined Obama on a visit to Los Angeles Trade Technical College to discuss how WIOA will expand the role of community colleges in preparing workers for in-demand jobs.

      Read the Blog Post
      Learn About WIOA
      Learn About Job-Driven Training




      If you are a person with a disability who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or both? Do you wonder how employment might impact these and other benefits you currently receive?

      There are benefit specialists located in Rapid City, Pierre, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen. Benefits planning and counseling services are available for Vocational Rehabilitation consumers and former WIPA clients. Limited information and referral services are available to all other beneficiaries who want to return to work.

      To access these services, call 1-800-224-5336, ext. 221.


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