The following is a guest post by Social Security Ticket to Work, a sponsor of the 2011 TASH Conference in Atlanta.
As a former TASH Board member and officer, Bob Williams knows that TASH has always been a strong ally of children, adults, and older Americans with the most significant disabilities through the very best and worst of times. Born with cerebral palsy, Williams has had a long, public service career and is a recognized expert on issues affecting the health, independence, employment, and economic well-being of people with disabilities.
Since spring of 2011, Bob Williams has served as the Associate Commissioner for employment support at the Social Security Administration. His office leads Ticket to Work, a nationwide employment program to assist individuals ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to become more financially secure, and fully self-sufficient.
Williams seized this year’s 2011 TASH conference theme: “No Excuses: Creating Opportunities in Challenging Times,” to remind attendees that no child should have to wait to be educated alongside their neighborhood friends. Williams declared that no one should have to wait to live a real life or work in a real job for real wages until our nation’s economy gets better.
To access Bob Williams’ full message to the 2011 TASH conference attendees, visit the Choose Work YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/oepQVHCTCbo
To learn more about the Ticket program and take the first step toward financial independence, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).