What is RAMP’s Employment Services?
RAMP’s Employment Services (ES) has been providing assistance and support to people with disabilities seeking employment through the Ticket to Work program (see Employment Network below) and otherwise since 2012. All employment services are geared toward community-based, integrated employment. Peer support and mentoring are significant aspects of the services participants receive from ES. In fact, a majority of our ES staff have personal experience with disability and some of us have been on Social Security benefits at some point in our lives. You can take comfort in knowing that we understand the questions and concerns that you may have about returning to work because we have been there. You will receive support and encouragement from people who have left benefits and successfully returned to the workforce.
Who does the Employment Network assist?
If you are in current pay status under the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs and are between the ages of 18 and 64 you are eligible for services through the Ticket to Work program. RAMP is an Employment Network with the Ticket to Work Program and has a contract with Social Security to provide services. This program is strictly voluntary on the part of the consumer/beneficiary. Employment Network also has the option of whether to accept a consumer’s ticket.
What Employment Services assists with?
RAMP will provide the following services: benefit counseling, job readiness, job development, and case management.
RAMP Employment Services can link you to a Certified Work Incentive Counselor that serves all of RAMP’s counties. The CWIC will evaluate the consumer’s past and current SSDI/SSI benefits and ensure that the consumer understands how working will affect their benefits.
RAMP will work with the consumer to determine abilities and skill level, prepare a resume, arrange and conduct mock interviews, arrange job shadowing with community partners, provide information on local transportation systems to get to a job and make sure the consumer has an appropriate wardrobe.
RAMP will develop an individual work plan (IWP) for each consumer and then assist them in locating potential employers.
Once employed, RAMP will maintain regular contact with each consumer to assist with barriers to work, regular problems at work, opportunity analysis for promotion and continuous benefits counseling, as needed.
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How Do I Get Started?
Completing the online application is the first step toward realizing your goal of returning to work and reducing your dependency on benefits. Simply answer each question and submit the form. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for our program you will be invited to attend a program orientation where we will discuss more about RAMP’s Employment Services, Ticket to Work, how your benefits are impacted by working and earning income, and share with you more about our program and the services we can offer to you.