Program offers disabled work advice

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Program offers disabled work advice

By Kathy McCarty

Staff Writer

    A program designed to assist recipients of Social Security disability benefits will be the focus of workshops throughout the state next week, beginning in Presque Isle on June 6 and concluding June 14 in Augusta. The goal is to help those receiving benefits better understand their options and help determine if returning to the workforce is a possibility.

    Maine CareerCenters will be hosting a series of community forums in June highlighting work incentives to help people receiving benefits return to work. Events are scheduled in Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Machias and Presque Isle. Sessions are open to the public, with pre-registration encouraged.

    “These efforts are focused on jobs for people who have disabilities,” said Maine Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass. “These sessions will help inform the public about the variety of services available that support people with disabilities in achieving their employment goals.”

    Winglass said participants will learn about the Ticket to Work initiative that provides many Social Security beneficiaries with more choices for receiving employment services.

    “The program encourages eligible Mainers to work through the CareerCenter to access employment and training services, vocation rehabilitation and other support services necessary to achieve an employment goal,” Winglass said.

    The Presque Isle meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 6, from 10-11.30 a.m. at the CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce St., Suite 1, across from the Aroostook Centre Mall. For more information, call Peter Lento or Kent DeMerchant at 800-635-0357.