CareerACCESS has been designed based on existing, innovative practices, to challenge and reverse these trends by increasing employment success for young adults with disabilities. When funded, CareerACCESS will be piloted in up to 5 states for 12 years, CAP will serve young adults who are eligible for SSI and offer them the following benefits:

  • Elimination of the “incapacity to work” test that will aid in removing the stigma regarding disability and employment and encourage more young adults with disabilities to seek employment and reach their full potential. Instead, establish new eligibility requirements. Applicants under the age of 28 will be auto-enrolled in an alternate benefit program if they who meet the current SSI income and resource rules. Eligible applicants must meet or equal the current Social Security Listing of Impairments, excluding the test for work incapacity.
  • An “Individualized Career Plan” that will assist individuals in establishing a career plan and goals focused on competitive career-path employment.
  • “Career coaching” to assist them in making the best possible decisions regarding their “Individual Career Plan” and explore career options. Services include: counseling and guidance on navigating systems, benefits planning, asset development, health care access, as well as career planning and coaching.
  • Benefits Planning/Asset Building that supports financial independence and continued workforce participation.
  • The ability for participants to retain their SSI benefits as an offset to the high cost of living with a disability.
  • Employment support services.

The goal of the 12-year pilot projects is to markedly increase employment rates for young adults with disabilities and provide a more effective alternative to current SSI rules by 2027.

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