Friday, January 4, 2008

The Ethics of Disability

The social security administration gives me nine months to work full time and still draw my disability.  It is called the "Ticket to Work" program.  I hope that rehabilitation will take some months and then I start work, and that will allow me to buy a car.  I will essentially have two incomes coming in. 

I worry though.  I feel able to work, but don't know how to go about it.  Without a car, most jobs are out of my reach.  I also worry about the ethics of drawing disability insurance when I am able bodied.  Rosa says I paid that money in taxes and shouldn't feel guilty about drawing it.  I still do though.  I want to be self supporting.  I want to be independent, and I feel a job is key to me gaining independence from the long arm of my father.

My advertising campaigns have been a joke ever since Google Adsense banned me.  I was mailed a check today for $26 dollars from Adbrite.  That was a pitiful amount and that was for months of showing ads.  So far, I've made $50 with Bidvertiser the last few months, but I certainly can't support myself by these ads.  I am thinking of dropping all advertisement from the blog.  There is just no shortcut to having an old fashioned 9 to 5 job, is there?  Let me know what you think about the ads, or if you ever even given them any thought.   

15 comments:

mosiacmind said...

I have lots I can share with the issues of going back to work and the ticket to work program and programs while you are working and such.......remember i have been there and done that and still am trying...i agree with rosa and will share more about it soon.and we can talk about work expenses too.........

justLacey said...

I think you will get a lot of good advice from Mosaic. Someone who has been there already knows the ins and outs and sometimes it seems social security wants to keep it all a secret. Anywho, pick one thing at a time to focus on. Some things will fall into place all on their own. You might be able to find a transportation car and sometimes there are charities that donate old cars for just such things. Worry about it when the time comes. For now, just enjoy the experience. Independence takes time and who knows what you may learn along the way.

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

just go at it one step at a time.
rome wasn't built in a day.

keep on keepin on..
You will get there.
be patient, and keep putting in the footwork in the meantime.

Ryan said...

The ads just got in the way. And they paid you a ridiculously low amount for it. Anyway, thanks for the template tip!

CRUSTYBEEF said...

I wish for you that google would bring the ads back, darn them and their silly backwards ways. I think you know what's best for you, and what I wanted to say was, happy 45!! :)
how are you?
Always,
Crusty

Ally0005 said...

Take on day at a time,don't worry about what has not happened yet. Everything will work out, just keep going for what you want.

Summer said...

I think you should leave the ads. That little bit of money is better than none. Don't you think? Next time your Mom goes shopping for you, maybe you could go along with her and pick your groceries out.

I had a bad day today. My mom is in the hospital. Her neighbor called me and said that she hadn't gotten her paper for two days. I found her in the bathroom. No telling how long she had been there. I feel awful tonight.

alyceclover said...

Gee, I just threw away my Ticket to Work. I did not know that allowed me to earn money and still collect full benefits. I can not deal with the paper work and reporting income to SSI, so publish my AC articles for no pay. Someone like you or The Homeless Guy could make a steady income that way, small, but possibly more than with the ads.

I say that because he often writes articles on his blog that AC people would read. Your audience would be a bit different, but again you write well and would get readers.

For my tastes? I prefer blogs with no ads. Not having money to buy, I seldom click on an ad. If I get money to buy, I tend to do a google search to look for the item. If it does not affect your SSI income, by all means keep them.

It may not be much, but it is that extra burger, fries and diet coke.

alyceclover said...

My problem with the Village rehab program was when I mentioned a reason I am not hireable (other than appearance, mental & physical health issues and the job hopping due to same) to my Job Coach was the lack of a degree, he waved an imaginary wand in the air and said: Here's your degree.

They think me educated because of the websites, and learning html. Competing with just graduated high schoolers or college grads for tech jobs, puts me at a distinct disadvantage. The problem with the Village people, especially the Job Coach, is they do not know about Monster dot com, Job Money or Hot Jobs or NARMS.

They also do not know about jobs one can do from home if they have a computer with enough memory for a companies software~answering telephone calls to 800#s. So rather than help me find a job doing what I can do with who and where I am now, they were using the cookie cutter approach which did not work for me.

That is why I threw away the Ticket to Work. I thought it would be yet another government program that did not address my issues~the ones that are the reason I am unemployable at my age.

Jenni said...

I think it's wonderful that you want to be independent. There are some who seem to have no conscience when it comes to that sort of thing. I'm glad you are concerned about being ethical. However, I think there are programs in place to help people get back on their feet and back to being independent. They were never meant to be used the way many people do, but it seems to me that you want to use the disability correctly. Good for you. Don't feel bad about accepting help, but use it as a leg up and not a continual crutch. I think people don't realize that continuing to rely on other people rather than using short term help to become independent actually holds them back and keeps them from being and doing all they can.

As far as ads go, I've thought about using them, but I must be too stupid or too impatient to figure it all out. Maybe I'll work on it some more this year. I didn't know Google Adsense banned people.

Double Cross said...

You did pay into the system in taxes and will do so in the future, so don't feel negative about having some of that money come your way while you get your feet on the ground. We've all been there at some point, collecting unemployment or food stamps or something. Accepting support in a bad time is wise.

As for the ads, even $50 a month is an additional $600 a year. This can easily cover a utility bill. Hang tough.

Sharyna said...

Keep the ads up. They don't take up much room and I do click on them if they interest me. I remember when my husband (N0#1) left me and our daughter. I had to go downtown and get Aid for Dependant Children. I was soooo embarrassed. I remember my Daddy saying that he was just glad his tax dollars were going to someone he knew. I still can't figure out my back to work program. It's going to take a few more phone calls to social security for me!

5 days and all's well...

sharyna

Tee said...

Keep the ad! That gives you an extra few dollars. How did your dinner turn out? Biscuits, cubed steak? I can taste it now. Yum! Just add some greenbeans and that the perfect meal.

Golden To Silver Val said...

Keep the ads, Andrew. You can use that money for small things and also for the donation basket at AA. Thank you for visiting me and for your comment. I'd pack the snow up and send it to you if I thought it would make it. LOL

nengaku said...

Personally I've never noticed the ads (except that one that had a naked butt staring you in the face - hard to ignore that one.)
I can identify with the ethical dilemma about feeling able to work. I can really beat myself up sometimes for accepting disability. But when I'm realistic and imagine any job for any period of time I can see myself right back in the hospital in short order. So I try to find meaning in other things besides employment and remember all that money I paid into the system over the years.