The CareerACCESS Policy Initiative is a project of the World Institute on Disability (WID). A Berkeley, CA-based nonprofit, WID is passionate about fully integrating people with disabilities into the communities around them.
CareerACCESS, a career-building alternative to the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI), examines policies that impact adults, age 18-30, seeking long-term employment. WID houses the project and collaborates with Abilicorp, PolicyWorks, and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) as members of the CareerACCESS Executive Committee.
It is a community-driven initiative to reform the current Social Security Administration’s SSI Program rules so that young adults with disabilities can work and achieve their full potential without risking losing their disability benefits. CareerACCESS will reform the SSI Program by providing an alternative benefits program for young adults with disabilities, ages 18-30.
This program would be piloted in up to 5 states with services and supports for career-building youth to save their assets and keep their disability benefits while they build their careers. Participants will drive their own Individualized Career Plan supported by coaching, counseling and employment support services.
The overarching CareerACCESS goal is to increase independence through employment.
Join the CareerACCESS Network to help implement a pilot in your community! By selecting the link you will go to the Get Involved! Page: http://www.ourcareeraccess.
CareerACCESS will not change the SSI definition of disability currently used for blind individuals and it makes no changes in the SSI benefits currently available to blind individuals.