Social Security Launches Site To Help Disabled Beneficiaries Return to Work
President Clinton recently announced the launching of The Work Site. It contains important information and support for disability beneficiaries, employers, service providers, advocates and others whose goal is to help those persons with disabilities work.
Persons with disabilities face serious challenges when attempting to enter the workforce. Assistance programs are often complex and poorly coordinated, forcing individuals to piece together information and to develop work strategies on their own. They often find that employers are reluctant to hire persons with disabilities, which can discourage them from looking for work. Young people with disabilities, especially those who are leaving school and preparing to work, lack role models and mentors to guide them. The Work Site, developed by the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) Office of Employment Support Programs is designed to be an important information source.
"Across America, employers are looking for new workers, and Americans with disabilities are looking for jobs," commented President Clinton. "To help bring the two together, the Social Security Administration is launching a new web site. Go to www.ssa.gov/work and you'll find information on everything from training programs for people with disabilities to tax incentives for employers who hire them. We all win when all Americans have a chance to work."
The web site is fully accessible to people with disabilities. This is significant since fewer than 5 percent of all Internet sites are accessible to people who are visually impaired or hearing impaired or have limited dexterity. The Work Site is built to serve the information needs of its five principal customers and provides the information in easy to understand terms.
"The Work Site puts important, but often hard-to-find information in one easy-to-access location," noted Kenneth S. Apfel, Commissioner of Social Security. "Social Security beneficiaries who want to work and those who want to help them will benefit from this new service."
The five principal customers are:
"The Social Security Administration is committed to bridging the Digital Divide for our beneficiaries with disabilities," commented William Halter, Deputy Commissioner of Social Security. "We must all pool our information and resources to empower individuals with disabilities who want to contribute their talents to the workforce."
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