Merrian's Plan for Achieving Self-Support
Name: Merrian SSN:
Part I - Your Goal
A. What is your work goal? (Show the specific job you expect to have at the end of the plan. If you are undergoing vocational evaluation to determine a feasible goal, show "VR Evaluation." If your goal involves a supported employment position, show the amount of job coaching you expect to need after the plan is completed compared to the amount you currently receive or will receive when you begin working.) My goal is to be a Day Care Teaching Assistant focused on providing early childhood learning through use of educational video's and interactive CD-ROM computer technologies. I will begin my position requiring 5 hours per week of job coaching, for five hours of work per week, with my hours increasing to 25 hours per week and the amount of Job Coaching fading to 1 hour per week after 48 months.
B. Describe the duties you will be expected to perform in this job: Teaching duties, including: Assisting young children, 18 months to 5 years, in a local Day Care Center to access and work with early learning videos, and interactive CD-ROM technologies; Assisting with general Day Care tasks, such as preparing milk shakes and assisting cleaning toys.
C. How much do you currently earn (gross) each month in wages or self-employment income? $00.00/month
How much do you expect to earn each month (gross) after your plan is completed? $600.00/month
How do you expect to find a job by the time your plan is completed? This
plan is based on a part time Day Care Teaching Assistant job I already negotiated
with Anystate Medical Center. I will be utilizing both State Vocational Rehabilitation
and Anytown High School, in Anytown, Anystate for securing the position outlined
in this PASS.
D. If your goal involves self-employment, explain why you believe that operating your own business is more likely to result in self-support than if you worked for someone else. My Goal Does not involve Self-Employment Part II - Medical/Vocational/Educational Background
A. What is the nature of your disability? Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, & Legal Blindness
B. Explain any limitations you have because of your disability (e.g., limited amount of standing
or lifting, etc.) I have significant physical limitations, utilize a walker with assistance and a
wheel chair, and have some vision, communication, cognitive and thought processing
limitations due to my disabilities.
C. List the types of jobs you have had most often in the past few years and those you have had which are similar to your work goal. Also show how long you worked (i.e., how many months or years) in each type of job. How long? Job Type did you work? I have no formal work experience.
D. Check the block which describes the highest educational level you have completed:
[X] Elementary school  High school graduate or G.E.D.
 Some college  College graduate
 Post graduate courses  Postgraduate degree
 Trade or Vocational School  Other (Specify):
courses in a trade or vocational school, list the trade(s) you learned: N/A
E. Describe any other training you have received:
F. Have you ever undergone a vocational evaluation?  Yes [X] No
If yes, show the name, address and phone number of the person or organization who conducted the evaluation: N/A
G. Have you ever had a Plan for Achieving Self-Support before?  Yes [X] No
If yes, please answer the following:
When was your prior plan approved (month/year)? N/A
When did it end (month/year)? N/A
What was your goal in the prior plan? N/A
Why did your prior plan not enable you to become self-supporting? N/A
Why do you believe that this plan will be successful? This plan will build on my current proven skills and interests in working with children, and my negotiated agreement for employment at Anystate Medical Center.
H. If someone is helping you prepare this plan, please give their name, address and telephone
number: RSL, Organizational Consultant, Institute on Disabilities at the Anystate
University, XXX Street, Anytown, Anystate 00000, (XXX) 111-0000; KLM, Area Manager,
State VR, P.O. Box XXX, Anytown, Anystate, 00000; (XXX) 111-0000; ZWT, Special
Education Teacher, Anytown Schools, P.O. Box XXX, Anytown, Anystate, 00000
Do you want us to contact the person who is helping you if we need additional information about your
plan? [X] Yes  No
Do you want us to send a copy of our decision on your plan to the person who is helping you?
[X] Yes  No
Part III - Your Plan
List the steps, in sequence, that you will take to reach the goal and show the dates you expect to begin and complete each step. Be sure to show when you expect to purchase the items or services listed in Part IV.
I. Past Steps (Accomplishments to Date) Approached Anystate Medical Center and negotiated employment agreement as a Day Care Teaching Assistant. Position focused on providing early childhood learning through use of educational video's and interactive CD-ROM computer technologies to be created at the Center based on my agreement to purchase Video and Computer Equipment and CD's and Videos, in exchange for employment as a Day Care Teaching Assistant focused on providing early childhood learning through use of educational video's and interactive CD-ROM computer technologies. Position is being created for me. From 2/98 to 4/98.
Develop & Submit this PASS with Anytown Schools and the Institute on Disabilities, (to coordinate with State Vocational Rehabilitation Services). From 4/98 to 5/98.
Set Up PASS Checking Account with personal savings. From 4/98 to 5/98.
Apply and Receive State VR Services. From 2/98 to 4/98.
II. New Steps for PASS (Future Steps) PASS reviewed and approved by SSA. From 5/98 to 6/98. Receive PASS funds Retroactive to SSI application and PASS submission date of 5/1/98. From 6/98 to 6/98. My Parents have agreed to authorize Loan co-signature and assists with securing loan to purchase Equipment & Supplies. From 6/98 to 7/98. Purchase Video & Computer Equipment. From 6/98 to 7/98. Pay off loan on Equipment. From 6/98 to 6/2002.
Begin Employment at Medical Center's Day Care. From 6/98 to 6/2002.
Employment at Center, with State Vocational Rehabilitation & Anytown Schools paying
for Job Coaching per the following Schedule, based on 5 hours initial to final 25 hours per week worked:
1st Week: 100% Coaching = 20 hours
2nd-4th Weeks: 90% Coaching = 54 hours
2nd Month: 60% Coaching = 48 hours
3rd Month: 50% Coaching = 40 hours. From 5/98 to 8/98.
Begin PASS funded Job Coaching per the following schedule, based on increasing hours to 15 hours per week by the end of the 2nd year, and to 20 hours per week by the end of the 4th year:
4th - 11th Months: 35% Coaching = 156 hours
12th - 48th Months: 30% faded to 5% by the end of 48 months: 100 hours. From 9/98 to 6/2002.
PASS Completed achieving goal of working 20 hours per week with 5% coaching required (Reduced Job Coaching from 100% support to 5% support in 48 months). Completed as of 6/2002.
Part IV - Plan Expenditures and Disbursements
A. List the items or services you are buying or will need to buy in order to reach your goal. Be as
specific as possible. Where applicable, include brand and model number of the item. (Do not
include expenses you were paying prior to the beginning of your plan; only additional
expenses incurred because of your plan can be approved.) Explain why each is needed to reach
your goal. Also explain why less expensive alternatives will not meet your needs. Part III should
show when you will purchase these items or services.
1. Item/service: Video Player,
Monitor, & Early Learning Videos Cost: $2,428.00
Vendor/provider: Video Corporation
Why needed: Ownership of this equipment will create a single purpose job at a local day care, specifically developed for my skills and provide for long term employment security.
How will you pay for this item (e.g., one-time payment, monthly payment)? Monthly
How did you determine the cost? Cost of equipment and interest for loan purchase to begin work.
2. Item/service: Computer, Monitor,
& Early Learning CD's Cost: $1843.20
Vendor/provider: Computer Warehouse Mail Order
Why needed: Same as Number 1.
How will you pay for this item (e.g., one-time payment, monthly payment)? Monthly
How did you determine the cost? Cost of equipment and interest for loan purchase to begin work.
3. Item/service: Job Coaching from
9/98 - 6/2002 Cost: $3,648.80
Vendor/provider: Anytown Schools & Anytown Industries in Anytown, Anystate.
Why needed: To support my work skills development through a supported employment methodology designed to fade supports from an initial 100% coaching to 5% coaching over 48 months.
How will you pay for this item (e.g., one-time payment, monthly payment)? Quarterly
How did you determine the cost? Contracted State VR Rate of $32.00/hour, less hours paid
directly by Vocational Rehabilitation, Anytown Schools, & Anytown Industries.
B. If you propose to purchase, lease or rent a vehicle, please provide the following additional
information: I am not proposing to purchase, rent or lease a vehicle.
1. Do you currently have a valid driver's license?  Yes [x] No
If no, Part III must include the steps necessary to attain a driver's license.
2. Explain why alternate forms of transportation (e.g., public transportation, cabs, having friends or relatives drive you) will not allow you to reach your goal? N/A
3. If you are proposing to purchase a vehicle, explain why renting or leasing are not sufficient.
4. If you are proposing to purchase a new vehicle, explain why purchasing a reliable used vehicle is not sufficient. N/A
5. Explain why you chose the particular vehicle rather than a less expensive model. N/A
C. If you propose to purchase computer equipment or other expensive equipment, please explain why a less expensive alternative (e.g., rental or purchase of less expensive equipment) will not allow you to reach your goal. Explain why you need the capabilities of the particular computer/equipment you identified. Also, if you attend (or will attend) a school with a computer lab for student use, explain why use of that facility is not sufficient to meet your needs. Purchasing the Video & Computer Equipment and Early Learning Tapes and CD's outlined in this PASS is a critical component of the development and negotiations for my position at the Medical Center's Day Care. The job I have created by agreeing to bring the resources listed with me as part of my employment tools is a function of the skills I possess and the need to "carve" a single purpose job that is both efficient for the Medical Center's Day Care and productive for me. The equivalent resource for some people might be a college degree which is often worth ten's of thousands of dollars and fits such individual's abilities. I however will not achieve a college degree in my lifetime, but can make maximum use of owning an Computer and Video Technology that will allow me to do what I do well, and provide enough efficiency for the Day Care to hire me to just do Assistant Teaching for Young Children versus anyone else in that position at the Day Care that the Center would need to hire for multiple task capabilities such as also answering phones, entering data, and tasks that I cannot accomplish due to my disability. Ownership of this resource makes me employable in a small rural environment and levels the playing field for me. It is my college degree equivalent in my home town.
D. If you indicated in Part II that you have a college degree or specialized training, and your plan includes additional education or training, explain why the education/training you already received is not sufficient to allow you to be self-supporting. N/A
Part V - Income/Resource Exclusion
A. List any items you already own (e.g., equipment or property) which you will use to reach your goal. Show the value of each item and explain why you need each of the items to attain your goal. None
B. What money do you already have saved to pay for the expenses listed in Part IV? (Include cash on hand or money in a bank account)? $100 I will deposit in my PASS account in the first two months of 5/98 - 6/98 to establish my PASS checking account.
C. Other than the earnings shown in Part I, what income do you receive (or expect to receive)?
(Show how much you receive and how frequently you receive or expect to receive it.)
Approximately $165 PMV (Presumed Maximum Value) In Kind Support Reduction of my SSI
check, due to living with my parents and only paying partial expenses for my room and board.
D. How much of this money will you use each month to pay for the expenses listed in Part IV?
$165.00 per month, (Total = $165/month x 48 months = $7,920)
E. Do you plan to save any or all of this money for a future purchase which is necessary to complete your goal? [X] Yes  No If yes, explain how you will keep the money separate from other money you have. (If you will keep the savings in a separate bank account, give the name and address of the bank and the account number.): I will establish a PASS account while this PASS is being approved and send SSI the account number
F. What are your current living expenses each month (e.g., rent, food, utilities, etc.)? $450.00
If the amount of income you will have available for living expenses after making payments or saving money for your plan expenses is less than your current living expenses, explain how you will pay for those living expenses. The amount of income I will have available is the same with or without a PASS due to an exact dollar for dollar PASS offset.
G. Do you expect any other person or organization (e.g., Vocational Rehabilitation) to pay for or
reimburse you for any part of the items and services listed in Part IV or to provide any other items or services you will need? [X] Yes  No If yes, please provide details as follows:
When will the item or Who will pay Item/service Amount service be purchased? State Vocational Rehabilitation will pay for my initial intensive job coaching for the first three months at $32.00 per hour for 162 hours for a total of $5184.00 before my PASS funded job
Anytown Schools and Anytown Industries will provide supplemental Job Coaching Support as required to accomplish the goals of this PASS and long term supports. Estimates of total values could range to an additional $10,000 of support not charged to this PASS.Part VI - Remarks
Thank you for your patience and support in processing and approving my PASS. I intend to work diligently to achieve my goals. My intention is to achieve 20 hours per week (or more) employment and to reduce my job coaching from 100% to 5% in 48 months. As of the writing and submission of this PASS, I have begun one day a week work experience activities at the Medical Center's Day Care. Please see the attached Employment Proposals sent to the Day Care that initiated this opportunity for me and a letter from the Medical Center's Director Supporting my employment as outlined in the Proposals and this PASS. Due to the nature of my multiple disabilities, technology will be an integral part of my future, as it is a part of my present. This Employment opportunity allows me to achieve my dream of working with children, while utilizing the best of assistive technology and universal technology.
Part VII - Agreement
If my plan is approved, I agree to:
o Comply with all of the terms and conditions of the plan as approved by the Social Security
o Report any changes in my plan to SSA Immediately;
o Keep records and receipts of all expenditures I make under the plan until the next review of my
plan at which time I will provide them to SSA;
o Use the Income or resources set aside under the plan only to buy the items or services approved by SSA.
I realize that if I do not comply with the terms of the plan or if I use the Income or resources set aside under my plan for any other purpose, SSA will count the income or resources that were excluded and I may have to repay the additional SSI I received. I also realize that SSA may not approve any expenditures for which I do not submit receipts or other proof of payment.
I know that anyone who makes or causes to be made a false statement or representation of material fact in an application for use in determining a right to payment under the Social Security Act commits a crime punishable under Federal Law and/or State Law. I affirm that all the information I have given on this form is true.
Signature ____________ Date_____________
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RECEIPT FOR YOUR PLAN FOR ACHIEVING SELF-SUPPORT
We received the plan for achieving self-support which you submitted. We will process your plan as soon as possible.
You should hear from us within _______ days. We will send you a letter telling you if your plan is approved. We will notify you if we need additional information before making a decision on your plan. We may ask you to modify your plan.
YOUR REPORTING AND RECORD KEEPING RESPONSIBILITIES
If we approve your plan, you must tell Social Security about any changes to your plan. You must tell us if:
o Your medical condition improves.
o You are unable to follow your plan.
o You decide not to pursue your goal or decide to pursue a different goal.
o You decide that you do not need to pay for any of the expenses you listed in your plan.
o Someone else pays for any of your plan expenses.
o You use the income or resources we exclude for a purpose other than the expenses specified in your plan.
o There are any other changes to your plan.
You must tell us about any of these things within 10 days following the month in which it happens. If you do not report any of these things, we may stop your plan.
You should also tell us if you decide that you need to pay for other expenses not listed in you plan in order to reach your goal. We may be able to modify your plan or change the amount of income we exclude so you can pay for the additional expenses.
YOU MUST KEEP RECEIPTS OR CANCELED CHECKS TO SHOW WHAT EXPENSES YOU PAID FOR AS PART OF THE PLAN. You need to keep these receipts or canceled checks until we contact you to find out if you are still following your plan. When we contact you, we will ask to see the receipts or canceled checks. If you are not following the plan, you may have to pay back the some or all of the SSI you received.