Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tranisha Mitchell's Success with Project SEARCH

Tranisha Mitchell started working as an Operating Room Attendant at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in August 2016.  She works in the Surgical Prep and recovery unit, in a unique position that was created exclusively for her due to her outstanding work as an intern through Project SEARCH.

When she initially began Project SEARCH she had moved several times.  With every move came the difficulty of figuring out how to navigate a new local bus route.  Tranisha, an independent go-getter, wasn’t going to let navigating a bus schedule get in her way.  She adapted quickly to her new surroundings and figured out how to effectively take public transportation to the hospital.

Tranisha is a top notch employee at the Hospital because she is compassionate and great with people.  She grew up helping her family members with their medical needs, so a transition to serving her community working at the Hospital felt natural.  Tranisha is not only compassionate and great with people; she is also extremely hard working. She has proven herself as one of the hospitals most dependable employees willing to work the long hours required to be successful in her role.

In a typical day, Tranisha will call and escort patient families to the surgical prep area.  She always lends a hand to nurses and care partners, providing supplies to them when they are working with patients.  In addition, she helps with room turnover, making sure new patient rooms are prepared with the highest level of care.

When Tranisha is not at the Hospital she can be found helping other Project SEARCH interns.  Like most girls her age, she loves movies, shopping, and hanging out with friends.  Her immediate future goals are saving money to get a drivers license and to eventually rent an apartment of her own where she can live independently.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On-Site Job Training Chameleons!

As Vocational Counselors with The Choice Group, we provide on-the-job training and coaching services to assist individuals in meeting their employment goals in a variety of settings.  We often provide hands-on training, and we do our best to blend into each environment, so we wear the same Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, as the clients we work with to be safe on the job site. Pictured above, Rosemary wears the required uniform for working with her client at a university bakery, complete with chef’s hat, chef’s jacket, and slip resistant shoes.  Becky wears safety equipment required for working with her client at a lumber yard, complete with hard hat, ear plugs, and steel-toed boots.  We enjoy working with our clients to help them be successful in meeting their goals!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Participate in the National Beneficiary Survey!

Next Round of the National Beneficiary Survey Begins in February 2017

The Social Security Administration will launch the next round of the National Beneficiary Survey (NBS) in February 2017. The NBS is an important survey sponsored by the Social Security Administration to collect information about beneficiaries and recipients with disabilities.

We need your help! If a beneficiary asks you about the NBS, please encourage them to participate in this very important survey.

The NBS collects information on the programs and services used by beneficiaries and recipients with disabilities, their health, and any employment goals they may have. SSA will use this information to gain a better understanding of the characteristics of beneficiaries that are not available from our administrative records. We use the information to assess how well our programs are meeting the needs of disability beneficiaries and developing policy. The Social Security Administration conducted the first five rounds of the NBS in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2015, and plans to conduct it in 2017 and 2019.

As a token of appreciation, beneficiaries will receive a gift card for $30.00 after completing the interview.

The NBS is being conducted by Mathematica Policy Research.

  • Telephone interviews for the survey will begin in February 2017.
  • In-person interviews with beneficiaries and recipients who are not reached by phone will begin in mid-March.

All in-person NBS interviewers are required to show a Mathematica Policy Research badge that displays:
·         a color photograph of the interviewer,
·         his or her name and signature,
·         the name of the survey, and
·         a toll free number (1-877-293-5740).

In-person interviewers use a laptop to conduct interviews or will provide a cellular telephone to connect participants with the NBS survey operations center. They do not use paper interviews.

We need your help! If a beneficiary asks you about the NBS, please encourage them to participate in this very important survey. They can find out more about the NBS by visiting https://www.ssa.gov/disabilityresearch/nbs_participants.html.

The NBS does not ask beneficiaries for Social Security Numbers or confidential banking information. If there is any question about the identity of the interviewer, please have the beneficiary contact Mathematica Policy Research at 1-877-293-5740.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Department of the Blind and Vision Impaired Now Open in Roanoke!

Congratulations to the City of Roanoke, on their ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of their brand new Department of the Blind and Vision Impaired offices.  Our Roanoke team looks forward to working closely with you in the future!