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Going to Work: Information and supports

So you’ve decided to go to work! Many resources and services are available to help you. Learn about benefits, healthcare coverage, social security and more.

As you search for employment, you will need general disability information, available programs and agencies that may be of help, information on laws that effect employment and where to search for a job.

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.

  • Utah Work Incentive Planning Services/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? Work Incentive Counseling 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.
  • 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 - DWS works with businesses to post job openings across Utah. You can visit a local office or view job openings online.

Supports for Working - In order to get a job and keep it, you may find the need for supports. Check out the following websites for helpful information.

  • Assistive Technology - For many people with disabilities, being independent means using some type of device or modification. It could be as simple as a ramp into a building or modified keyboard, or more sophisticated like a customized wheelchair or adapted software. Learn what's available in Utah and how you can access it.
  • Resources at Work - Sometimes you need assistance at work. Some may be provided by agencies or others. Some you may need to pay for yourself. See Resources for Employment and Business Supports (doc) to learn what you may be able to use for yourself.
  • Supported Employment - Have you been involved in the Supported Employment Pilot (SWI, HB 31/45) with Vocational Rehabilitation and the Division of Services for People with Disabilities? If so, there's more information just for you!!
  • Health Care - Is health care coverage important? Are you worried that you might lose your Medicaid if you go to work? What options are available to you? There are a many medical assistance programs for people with disabilities in Utah. Learn more about the many Health Care programs which may be available near you.
  • Transportation - Getting around your community is important for work, shopping, recreation and other activities. Transportation can include driving, riding the bus or train, even walking. Some communities have many choices, while others have fewer. To make a decision you must consider the options available, the cost, the weather or travel time. What's needed to get a Utah Driver's License or how is a vehicle modified for a driver who uses a wheelchair? Learn what is available to you in Utah.
  • Community Living - You may need other information about living and working in your community.