Benefits Education and Employment Assistance

american-dreamThe Finger Lakes Independence Center is a member of the American Dream Employment Network (ADEN). ADEN is the first national administrative Employment Network providing face-to-face services to individuals receiving Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits.Benefits Education is a useful service for:

  • Individuals applying for benefits
  • Social Security Beneficiaries interested in employment
  • Students transitioning out of high school
  • Individual who need assistance managing their current benefits
  • Employment Assistance through the Ticket to Work Program is available to:
  • Social Security Beneficiaries
  • 18 – 64 years old
  • Interested in financial independence
  • With a “Ticket” available for assignment

Other types of Employment Assistance is also available for individuals with disabilities not receiving Social Security Benefits.

Benefits Education Services include:

  • Assistance applying for benefits
  • Information and analysis about benefits and entitlements already received
  • Information about the SSA’s Ticket to Work Program
  • Accurate information about the impact of employment on all benefits
  • Assistance ensuring proper reporting of income and work activity
  • Proper planning for the transition from benefits to financial independence
  • Assistance utilizing available work incentives
  • Referral to appropriate community organizations
  • And more!

If you are interested in Benefits Education or Employment Assistance, contact our American Dream Employment Network Point of Contact:

Rashke Bradley

Ph: 607.272.2433



Assistance with benefits applications is by appointment.
There is a waiting list for appointments. 
To be added to the list, call the main office at 607-272-2433.