Resources

Identity Theft Prevention
This is a website that gives ways to protect oneself from identity theft and what to do if identity theft happens to you.

Michigan Commission for the Blind (MCB)
http://www.michigan.gov/dleg/0,1607,7-154-28077_28313—,00.html
MCB provides opportunities to individuals who are blind or visually impaired to achieve employability and/or function independently in society.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)
http://www.michigan.gov/mdcd/0,1607,7-122-25392—,00.html
MRS partners with individuals and employers to achieve quality employment outcomes and independence for individuals with disabilities.

Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Centers
http://www.gvsu.edu/misbtdc/
The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development CenterTM (MI-SBTDCTM) enhances Michigan’s economic well-being by providing counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative technology companies. With offices statewide, the MI-SBTDC positively impacts the economy by strengthening existing companies, creating new jobs, retaining existing jobs, and assisting companies in defining their path to success.

Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS)
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityresearch/wi/pass.htm
It is an SSI provision to help individuals with disabilities return to work. PASS lets individuals with disabilities set aside money and/or things he or she owns to pay for items or services needed to achieve a specific work goal. You can use your PASS Plan to repay your loan through this program!

Ticket to Work
http://www.ssa.gov/work/receivingbenefits.html
The Ticket to Work Program is the key to unlocking vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals, and other ongoing support and services to help you reach your employment goals. The program is available for people who are between the ages of 18 and 65 and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because they are disabled or blind.

Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Program (WIPA)
The Work Incentive Planning and Assistance Project is a federally funded initiative to educate and assist individuals with disabilities, and those who support them, to use the Work Incentives offered by Social Security and the State of Michigan in their quest to enter or return to the workforce.