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SOAR Webinar: Yes, You Can Work! Maximizing Income Through Competitive Employment

This webinar, to be held on June 13, 2024, will focus on competitive employment opportunities for SSI/SSDI applicants and beneficiaries.

Date and Time:

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Register for the Webinar


Join us for an informative webinar where we’ll discuss competitive employment opportunities for SSI/SSDI applicants and beneficiaries. 

Our panel of experts includes representatives from Cornell University’s Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability and National Disability Institute, who will provide an overview of employment supports, opportunities, and benefits planning services available to individuals with disabilities. 

You’ll hear from a SOAR provider who will share their approach to discussing competitive work with SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI applicants and collaborating with vocational rehabilitation programs. We will also be joined by an SSI/SSDI beneficiary who will share their personal experience working with a SOAR Specialist and Vocational Rehabilitation to successfully access SSA benefits and obtain employment. 

Tools and resources developed by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center will be discussed and shared.

What you will learn:

  • Facts about competitive work opportunities and supports available for individuals with disabilities
  • Accessing various work supports and benefit planning organizations available in your communities 
  • Utilizing tools and resources developed by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center and other entities to connect SSI/SSDI beneficiaries with competitive work 


  • Kristin Lupfer, MSW, Project Director, SAMHSA SOAR TA Center and Vice President, Policy Research Associates, Troy, New York
  • Raymond Cebula, J.D, Program Director, ILR Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability, Work Incentive Support Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Caroline Bolas, Small Business Specialist, National Disability Institute (NDI), Washington, DC
  • Neena Massey, MFA-IA, Performance Artist, Transformation and Healing, Denver, CO
  • Nancy Bunt, MSW, SOAR Case Manager, SEARCH Homeless Services, Houston, Texas


Available Files
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Slide Presentation 1.17 MB