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Q: I have a relative who gets Supplemental Security Income for a disability. She is now legally blind and wants to receive information from Social Security in an alternative format. How do I help her?

A: Social Security is dedicated to providing vital information in the most effective way for every individual. There are several ways to receive information from us if you are blind or have a visual impairment. You can choose to receive Braille notices and a standard print notice by first-class mail; a Microsoft Word file on a data compact disc (CD) and a print standard notice by first-class mail; an audio CD and a standard print notice by first-class mail, or a large print (18-point size) notice and a standard print notice by first-class mail. You can request these special notice options by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/people/blind.

Q: I have a neighbor who is disabled and has been receiving Supplemental Security Income for quite some time. Recently, he's been trying to find employment. Is there any way I can help?

A: Yes. You can help by letting him know about Social Security's free Ticket to Work program. When people take part in the program, they can get help finding a job, vocational rehabilitation and other assistance. Employment networks -- organizations that help you find and keep a job while supplying other employment resources at no cost -- provide these services. Ticket to Work gives people the opportunity to work with a variety of employment networks. If you or someone you know is interested in using the Ticket to Work program, visit www.choosework.net and click "Find Help" or call the Ticket Helpline at 866-968-7842 (TTY 866-833-2967).

This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration.

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