Why should you consider working?

Research shows there are many benefits to working in addition to earning income:

  • Improved self-esteem
  • Better control of psychiatric symptoms
  • Reduced substance abuse
  • Greater life satisfaction
  • Improved finances
  • Expanded social networks
  • Feeling productive and valued
  • Building a solid foundation to advance goals and future
  • Developing new skills, both work and non-work related

Whether you are recently disabled or have been disabled your entire life, meaningful work is part of building a healthy lifestyle as a contributing member of society. It is essential to an individual’s economic self-sufficiency, self-esteem, and well-being.

Employment has even been shown to be beneficial to those with ongoing health conditions and disabilities. The positive effects of work indicates that individuals with disabilities or those who have significant illnesses should be supported in their efforts to return to, or remain in, work if their condition permits.

Since you are participating in this course, you must be considering to seek employment and you are now taking the first step to see if it’s possible and if, or how, working may affect your disability benefits or supplemental security income. Everyone will have a unique reason for seeking employment.

✍️ Take a few minutes to think about your employment goals and write down what you hope to achieve or to get out the experience.

  • What is your employment goal?
  • Do you already have a position you want?
  • How many hours would you like to work each week?
  • Is there a dollar amount you want to add to your monthly income?
  • What questions or concerns do you have about employment and disability benefits?