Benefits 101 for Teachers and Parents

When parents ask you those tough benefit questions, do you scramble for information, or even (be honest!) try not to make eye contact? We understand. Benefits are just complicated.

Stephanie Gage, a project coordinator at the Center on Community Living and Careers (CCLC), will host a free webinar for parents and teachers on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time. Gage works with CCLC’s Benefits Information Network (BIN), providing training and certification to professionals around the state who advise individuals and their families about how benefits impact work and supports.

The webinar will highlight how transition-aged youth can use work incentives, such as the Student Earned Income Exclusion, to explore working with supports and safety nets that can prevent them from losing their benefits. Gage will also explain Social Security’s Ticket to Work program, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, SSI, SSDI, and healthcare coverage as well as asset-building resources and how to report earnings.

This webinar is free of charge, and you do not need to register. We encourage schools to share the webinar link with parents and family members—or you might consider projecting the webinar in a classroom so that multiple families and staff can attend. For those who can’t participate, INSTRC will record and post the webinar on its website.

For more information, see our events calendar listing, or just link to on the day of the webinar.