Congratulations to Milton for being interviewed in Cornell's latest article about work benefits. Read his section of the article here, link to the full story included.
"For a person who wants to rely less on disability-related benefits from the government and more on their own income, it can be challenging to best use the available benefits and work incentives."
Fortunately, The Choice Group's Milton Johnson (profiled by Cornell) can offer the guidance to help clients navigate these programs and find individualized solutions."
For a person who wants to rely less on disability-related benefits from the government and more on their own income, it can be challenging to best use the available benefits and work incentives. Milton Johnson, a former student in the unique Work Incentive Practitioner Credential program at the Yang-Tan Institute (YTI) and an employee at The Choice Group, knows about this both personally and professionally.
Prior to joining The Choice Group in 2015, Johnson was a qualified mental health professional. However, due to illness, he was out of work for about five years and began receiving disability benefits. “I know from both sides,” Johnson said. “I know from a person who gets benefits how scary it is to even think about going to work and losing those benefits, but armed with the information that I received in the training, and working for this agency, I can let folks know that they can work. They can work, they just have to follow the rules.”
Johnson explained, “It’s helped by giving me the confidence when I’m meeting with someone and Social Security has told them one thing, I have the confidence to say no, that’s not correct and this is what you need to do. I can actually show them in Social Security’s rule book where these things exist.”
Ray Cebula, a premier expert in disability benefits law in the United States and director of the credentialing program at YTI, hears similar testimonials from people all over the United States after they complete the course.
Full article here: https://www.yti.cornell.edu/impact/story/wip-c-credentialing-program-impacts-thousands-of-lives
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and Nancy began working together at the end of October 2017.Jorden lives in Capron and the nearest town
with employers is Franklin.As part of
the vocational services process, Nancy arranged an opportunity for Jorden to
explore what a Courtesy Clerk does, and Jorden really enjoyed the experience.The primary purpose of this experience was to
give Jorden the opportunity to “try on” a position to determine if the job
duties were those he liked and would be capable of doing.In the process, however, it demonstrated to
the manager firsthand how capable he is at doing all required job duties,
which worked out well!The manager of
the Farm Fresh in Franklin was
impressed.Although Jorden is
personable, he may have had difficulty conveying his abilities in a standard
interview.In this situation, the Manager
spoke with Nancy and Jorden after the assessment about open positions, and
offered Jorden a job.
the Farm Fresh in Franklin closed, and Jorden was forced to look for new