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Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Californian and Ticket to Work

***This is the second in a six-part series about what really happens to those who sign up for Ticket to Work (TTW).***

The day I arrived to meet my new caseworker, the first thing I noticed was that she was really late.  By almost half an hour.  I noted this with the receptionist, who called the caseworker's cell because she was Iout to lunch.  Just as I'm about to leave for the day, two women enter the office while chatting.

"Are you my 1:30?", the shorter of the two asked me

"If you're Michelle*, yes."

"Okay, come with me." And she runs to the back office, with no apologies or the asking if I'm alright since my post-chemo fatigue has kicked by now.  She abruptly introduces her interpreter, Ms. Saldana* and she goes into the normal TTW pitch but those assigned a ticket after the verification process can opt to continue their education or return to work.

Firstly, I had no idea she was hearing impaired, not that I thought any differently since she owed me an apology for holding me up for nearly 45 minutes.  The education part sounded nice but I was burning out over my math requirement to get my associates'.  Everything else was easy-peasy but I fired back with my first question about working at home.

"We don't have too many of those opportunities but if you run across something, let me know and we can discuss further."

The interpreter was not the friendliest person upon initial contact but Ms. Saldana's attitude would change over time.  After meeting the qualifications, I inquired about another phone call I'd received from NTI.  National Telecommunications Institute, with Land-a-Job (more about them later), act as an intermediary for major companies across the States.  They specialize in at-home gigs (I heard through a few forums that most of their offerings are 1099 positions) for the disabled and offer some online computer or skills training.

However, the kicker is that they require a training fee in the $$$$'s that can only be paid by the employer network.  There are no fees to the employee or prospectus.  I'm still getting the jest of this but I'm assuming that the money social security gives the EN and beneficiary to transition (clothing, transportation, etc) pays this fee.

Anyone unfamiliar with 1099 work should know first that employment is at-will.  And in some cases, there may not be any layoff notice given.  The thing is, there are some people that have to do this because SSDI/SSI isn't enough to live on forever.  The pay is an issue that will come in a later post.

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