You may have heard of the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) Blue Book, which lists qualified disabilities for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claims, but have you ever heard of the “Red Book”?
Social Security’s Red Book.
The Social Security Administration’s Red Book is a general reference tool designed to help individuals who are trying to move back into the working world. It is intended to provide readers with a working knowledge of the SSA’s back to work programs (or work incentive programs).
The Red Book was written as a self-help guide for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability recipients, and as a guide for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve the disabled.
The SSA maintains several “back to work” or “work incentive” programs to help those who want to go back to work reach their goals. The Red Book describes each available program.
The Red Book also provides necessary information about what disability recipient’s reporting responsibilities are if he goes back to work; when their disability benefits may be reviewed; and when work activity may cause disability benefits to end.
It also explains what employment supports are available to beneficiaries who are working. For example, the Red Book talks about Expedited Reinstatement of Benefits; Impairment-Related Work Expenses; and Trial Work Periods, among others.
If you need help finding employment, the Red Book provides a list of resources that can help you, like the American Job Centers and the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management, which does targeted hiring of workers with certain significant physical or mental disabilities.
All in all, the SSA’s Red Book is a very helpful resource for beneficiaries who are looking to get back to work or who think they may be able to get back to work.
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