October 23rd, 2018

As I write this, I’m sitting with two young women — my daughter Kristie and her good friend Cyndi — fellow travelers on this journey called life, and two of my closest friends. We’ve been discussing the challenges we encountered, and we have so many things in common but come at life from such different perspectives. Overcoming Individual Struggles These two young women experience life having faced this world with pretty weighty disabilities. Both were told they would either…

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October 16th, 2018

Q: What is Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program? A: Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) program supports career development for people aged 18-64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to work. This free program helps people with disabilities achieve their employment goals and increase their financial independence by reducing their need for disability benefits. Through the Ticket program, Pathways to Independence (PTI) will help you…

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October 1st, 2018

As new parents, we’re responsible for everything in our children’s lives. From eating, to sleeping, to playtime, to rest, we govern their lives like all-powerful gods. Or at the very least, benevolent dictators. But as they grow older, good parents learn how to let go of that control, so their children can learn how to take responsibility for their own lives and their own well-being. It’s arguably one of a parent’s most-important jobs, but at the same time it’s one of parenting’s…

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May 1st, 2018

People take career breaks for a number of different reasons. Some take voluntary breaks to pursue schooling or to care for their children or other family members, while others have breaks forced on them due to illness, addiction, or disability. These breaks can be relatively short, or they can stretch on for 10, 15, or 20 years and beyond. But no matter the length or precise reason for the break, this group faces significant challenges when they do decide it’s time to go back to work. And…

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April 23rd, 2018

I Do it To Make A Difference The simple answer is because my clients have told me what a difference I’ve made in their lives. In the last week I’ve seen three different clients – all with different backgrounds, different disabilities and different experiences – change their lives, set goals, face challenges, look at multiples options and find their path to rebuilding their future. The rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say, is that I’m a mom with an adult daughter with…

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