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Managing Government Benefits for Young Adults with Special Needs Entering the Workforce

Abilis is hosting a FREE zoom information session – Managing Government Benefits for Young Adults with Special Needs entering the Workforce on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.  This virtual webinar is designed to help parents, caregivers and young adults with special needs to learn to maintain their government benefits while having a job.

For young adults with a disability, having a job is very important.  It provides money, a sense of purpose, and responsibility. Entering the workforce can prompt many questions and concerns about how earnings from working may affect their Government benefits such as with Medicaid (HUSKY), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and SNAP. 

Open to the public and offered at no cost. Seats are limited and registration is required. Please register your spot.  A Zoom link will be provided as part of registration.  Any questions please email Monica Smyth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abilis Presenters:

Michael Beloff, CFP®, ChSNC®, CAP®, ChFC®, RICP®, Wealth Advisor, Stratos Wealth Management

Jennifer Tenney, WIPA Program Manager at West Virginia University

Michael Beloff

Michael has over fifteen years of financial services experience, enabling him to look at the complex issues facing families and small businesses from different perspectives to create strategies and tactics personalized for their specific opportunities, issues, needs, and goals.

In addition to earning the Certified Financial Planner ™ certification, Michael is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) and a Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®).

Inspired by his son with Autism, Michael has become a Chartered Special Needs Consultant® with extensive training and continuing education on the complex topics and particular challenges of caring for a dependent with special needs, including the constant changes in federal and state laws. Michael's expertise and ability to educate and empower has made him a noted speaker on the topic of special needs planning at both national and local venues including the National Autism Association, the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress, the Autism Society of America, the US Autism and Asperger Association and COPAA. He has also appeared on CNN and in various publications including Financial Advisor magazine.

Michael is a board member and Treasurer of Abilis, a non-profit organization serving intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals in lower Fairfield County, is a board member of SEEK CT and is a member of the First Selectman's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities in Greenwich. 

A graduate of SUNY Albany and Columbia Law School, Michael lives in Stamford, CT with his wife Deborah and son Ben.

Jennifer Tenney

Jennifer Tenney has served in the field of employment for people with disabilities for over 17 years.  Ms. Tenney is currently the Employment Area of Emphasis Coordinator and Primary Investigator of the Social Security funded Work Incentives, Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Grant at West Virginia University’s Center for Excellence in Disabilities.  She supervises the Community Rehabilitation Program through the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services and is involved with West Virginia’s Project SEARCH as well.  She is considered a subject matter expert in the area of working while receiving federal Social Security benefits. 

Ms. Tenney received her Undergraduate Degree from West Virginia University and earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Event Properties

Event Date 03-04-2021 5:30 pm
Event End Date 03-04-2021 7:00 pm
Registration Start Date 02-10-2021 5:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 03-04-2021 7:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Virtual
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