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    Economic Empowerment

    Employment and Benefits Related to Services focuses primarily on work incentive programs and the employment rights of persons with disabilities as provided under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Primary attention is given to workshop presentations and individual consumer meetings for those evaluating a return to the workforce in order that these individuals may better understand both the financial and health impact such a decision may have upon an individual and his/her benefits. Additional services include information about applying for disability and other benefits. ILRCSF also maintains an employment bulletin board with updated job postings, fairs and training opportunities. Take a look at our Back To Work Resource List.

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    Basic Benefits/Work Incentives Workshop

    Three Thursdays a month, at 9:30AM,  ILRCSF holds a “drop-in” Basic Benefits/Work Incentives Workshop. Topics include applying for Social Security, Medi-Cal or other benefits, as well as work incentive issues, such as  the PASS program, and how Social Security benefits and healthcare are affected by returning to work.

    • Basic Benefits – provides an overview of several work incentive programs, as well as information about benefit programs (upon request)
    • Returning to Work for People Receiving SSDI or a combination of SSDI & SSI – provides greater detail about work incentives/rules for people receiving SSDI benefits (includes the impact of work on medical and cash benefits)
    Please call ILRCSF’s main number to find out more about our workshop schedule.

    People who arrive after 10:00am will not be admitted and will need to come to another workshop.

    Learn more about the Basic Benefits Workshops.

    Economic Empowerment Workshops

    Approximately once a month, ILRCSF  hosts  Economic Empowerment workshops covering a wide variety of topics. These workshops focus on informing consumers about personal finance, job readiness/employment search strategies, continuing education, workplace rights and accommodations for people with disabilities  etc. Specific topics are chosen by consumers, and are usually  led  by guest speakers with expertise in their specific topic.  Past workshop leaders have included professionals from the world of banking and finance, the San Francisco Treasury, The California Department of Rehabilitation, Habitat for Humanity, EARN, and other groups and organizations.   Workshop topics in recent months included Managing Your  Personal Finances, Starting A Small Business,  Repairing Bad Credit, and  Employment Rights and Responsibilities for People with Disabilities.  If you have an idea for a future workshop, fill out our suggestion form, or use the suggestion box in our lobby.

    These workshops are in great demand, and often fill up. Advanced registration is required. Please call ILRCSF’s main number to find out about upcoming topics, and to register.

    Learn more about the Economic Empowerment Workshops.

    ILRCSF PUBLICATIONS FOCUSING ON BENEFITS:

    All publications are free and available in our office.

    To receive an electronic copy (PDF) send an email to info@ilrcsf.org

    A QUICK AND EASY GUIDE TO SSI AND SSDI

    Image of the cover of an ILRCSF publication called A Quick and Easy Guide to SSI and SSDIQuestions and answers re: SSI/SSDI benefits, definition of disability, how to apply, how to appeal, amounts received, IHSS (In Home Support Services), etc.

    English, Spanish, Chinese

    20 pages. (Revised 2007).

    HELP AT HOME. A GUIDE TO IHSS

    Image of the cover of an ILRCSF publication called A Help at Home, A Guide to IHSS (In-Home Supportive ServicesGeneral information about In-Home Supportive Services

    English, Spanish, Chinese.

    HOW TO PREPARE TO YOUR OWN PASS MANUAL.

    Image of the cover of an ILRCSF publication called HOW TO PREPARE TO YOUR OWN PASSA self-help manual designed for consumers. Sections include basic questions and answers about Plan for Achieving Self Sufficiency (PASS). PASS forms for Social Security, and worksheets to assist in planning.

    English only. (Revised 2005).

    SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

    Image of the cover of an ILRCSF publication called SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIESA resource guide on basic San Francisco services available to people with disabilities. Services like assistance, employment, public benefits, rights, transportation and other information.

    English, Spanish, Chinese. (Revised 2007).