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    #16
    Originally posted by cvelusc View Post
    I've been involved with the Ticket To Work program for the last two and a half months and am wondering how others have fared with the program. Anyone have a good or bad experience? My experience with the program isn't that good so far, although it's definitely fair to partially blame the current economy for being unable to find work after two and a half months of searching.

    A bit of history on me is that I recently (August to be exact) finished a graduate degree in Health Services Administration. Thought that because of my undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems, that I would be able to quickly score a job working with Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) or something technology-based as part of a healthcare organization. I was wrong. Somewhere around ninety-percent of my employment applications immediately hit the recycle bin because I have a roughly four-year employment gap (two and a half solid years for repeat surgeries, rehabilitation, and just becoming accustomed to SCI and then eighteen months for my graduate degree) on my resume.

    Back to the Ticket To Work program, I'm not finding the whole situation very beneficial. With me, because I already know what I want to do and have finished the necessary training, what I really needed from this program were job leads. After an initial session with the Vocational Rehab counselor, I was assigned to a consulting firm that apparently finds more "professional" jobs for people with disabilities. There help has been largely in guiding me through my professional interests and making sure I can interview well, not necessarily on finding job leads. I was hoping that this consulting firm would have a great deal of inside contacts that would improve my chances of being interviewed, but that has largely not been the case as most job leads presented to me by the consulting firm have been through simple online job searches. Through the few leads that the consulting firm has given me, plus the fifty or so jobs I've found myself, I've only landed three in-person interviews.

    So in the last two and a half months I've applied for roughly fifty positions and have had three in-person interviews. I have been denied for two of the three positions. Just yesterday I was told that another candidate was chosen for a job that I thought the interview went great. I was nearly certain that I would get the job, but apparently not.

    I'm trying to figure out what more I should be doing to improve my chances of employment. I write cover letters, follow-up with calls after submitting a job application, and also write thank you letters. In the cover letters or follow-up calls, I establish that my employment gap was due to an accident and while I had to go through surgeries/rehabilitation, I am 100% capable of completing the tasks of the job.

    What else should I be doing? Is your experience the same as mine with the Ticket to Work program? Anyone by chance have a contact for someone in the Portland or Vancouver area that is somewhat in my field? Really appreciate all the help.
    Ticket to Work does not find you a job. It helps you keep Medicare/Medicaid should you go to work. Hopefully,you will obtain insurance with your emploter. By keeping Medicaid,yoour PCAs are funded through them to provide help with ADLs needed to get you to work. Your VR office is supposed to have a job placement specialist who does job development and helps you obtain employment. Ask your counselor why they're not helping you. Vr is your problem,not ticket to work in it's self.

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      #17
      Originally posted by addiesue View Post
      Hey! Darkeyeddaisy used to have info on how you can assign your ticket to yourself. These agencies get paid to help you find a job. Someone like you is competent enough to find your own job. You shuould get that money, not them. I went through VR and the agencies. They are a big waste of time. Well in tennessee they are. VR is only benefitting me bc they are paying for school even though they give me giant hassles about it.
      Did you already assign your ticket? If you did you have to unassign it and assign it to the new place. I will try to find the link she sent me for this place. There used to be a thread about it. Good luck and I hope you like where you moved to.

      As far as finding actual employment out there I have no great advice besides keep trying!


      OK found it
      Don't know if this will help but this has the website for that program.
      https://www.carecure.net/forum/showthread.php?t=79524
      good luck
      RSA is supposed to help level the playing field. Of course,that's work and they don't like leaving their office. Complain to your US Senator.VR needs to be held accountable as to how they spend their money and who they actually help. If ever an agency needs a Congressional investifation,RSA is the one

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        #18
        Originally posted by Handsome Wheeler View Post
        Ticket to Work does not find you a job. It helps you keep Medicare/Medicaid should you go to work. Hopefully,you will obtain insurance with your emploter. By keeping Medicaid,yoour PCAs are funded through them to provide help with ADLs needed to get you to work. Your VR office is supposed to have a job placement specialist who does job development and helps you obtain employment. Ask your counselor why they're not helping you. Vr is your problem,not ticket to work in it's self.
        Once again HW Ticket to Work does not let you keep medicaid in all states. Medicaid definitely does not provide you a PCA in Tennesse or several other states if you are a para. Please quit spreading false hope to people.

        Also he stated he has a placement specialist who does not have any connections for him. This is the case almost everywhere except in your little world.
        If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.


        Sometimes it is easier to widen doors than it is to open minds.

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          #19
          If you are positive the ticket lets you keep mediciad please provide documentation for those of us getting screwed.
          If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.


          Sometimes it is easier to widen doors than it is to open minds.

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            #20
            Call your congressman I guess addiesue!
            T7-8 since Feb 2005

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              #21
              I've passed that point and have health insurance through work. But the beginning was hard and I do a lot of peer counseling. I need the information to help those get started and get what they deserve. I have PMd HW for info since he knows all but he wasn't to friendly and didn't know. I have found there is no actual documentation about what ticket to work actually does. If there is it is a big mystery who holds it.
              If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.


              Sometimes it is easier to widen doors than it is to open minds.

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                #22
                Hy Cvelusc, I Been In A Difficult One, With Ticket To Work Program. I Was Sign To Work Source Than Sign To Vocational Rehabilitation. They Made It Difficult For Me. I Had A Appointment With A Counselor Just Talked Me Down. At The Very End I Talked Him Over. Not In Yelling Way. Hope You Understand. What It Seems Ticket To Work Program Vocational Rehabilitation Is Not Really Helping The Way They Should. This Programs Need To Be Search.
                Last edited by Shamby; 11 Jan 2009, 11:47 PM.

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                  #23
                  im 2-3 mths into a job search, im still employed but im in real estate/banking, u know how bad that is. i have sent out sooooooo many resumes its rediculous. i have a degree and have had only 3 jobs in 12 years w/ no gaps...... its rough right now
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                    #24
                    Has anyone here had voc rehab pay for their Masters Degree? I've been thinking about going back to school to get my Masters but am not exactly sure how I'll pay for it.

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by gpbullock View Post
                      Has anyone here had voc rehab pay for their Masters Degree? I've been thinking about going back to school to get my Masters but am not exactly sure how I'll pay for it.
                      Ditto

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                        #26
                        scroll up to post 4.
                        T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by gpbullock View Post
                          Has anyone here had voc rehab pay for their Masters Degree? I've been thinking about going back to school to get my Masters but am not exactly sure how I'll pay for it.

                          Did Voc rehab help you financially with your undergrad?

                          I don't think it is a set in stone rule but I have often heard that VR will help with one degree. So, by that thinking if you got your undergrad without VR assistance you may have a stronger shot with some help. You would definitely want to tie it to a specific career goal for a VR counselor to get it approved.

                          Uncertain how state VR agencies and budgets ( state /federal mixed money) will be these days...

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                            #28
                            No, I received my B.S. prior to my injury. VR told me that they don't do upper grad education when I went there originally following my injury 8+ years ago.

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                              #29
                              I can not remember who at the moment but I read a post about voc paying for someone on care cure going to med school...that is certainly upper grad...the father posts about his son's progress but I just can't remember the name...so I guess it is a state decision...

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                                #30
                                You have to convince them you can get off of disability with a grad degree. Keep appealing if they deny. It took me 2 years to get approval.
                                If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.


                                Sometimes it is easier to widen doors than it is to open minds.

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