Benefits & Work: It's Not All or Nothing


Developed by Paul M. Kubek, Steve Shober, Nicole Clevenger, & Patrick E. Boyle

This colorful poster is designed to help organizations inform people who use their services about the important relationship between benefits planning and pursuing and working a job. It is designed to encourage people diagnosed with disabilities—including mental illness—to seek advice to make more informed decisions about their financial futures, which may include benefits and employment. The poster presents some common myths about benefits programs that often hold people back from pursuing their employment dreams. It also provides a truth to dispel each myth.

Display the larger, 18x24” poster in the waiting room of your building or in your office. Use it as an educational tool to facilitate conversations about the importance of benefits planning with consumers, family members, and community stakeholders.

An 8.5x11” mini poster is also available as a handout for people to take with them. Leave this mini poster out in the waiting room of your building or in your office.

Promote Supported Employment

This poster may also be used to complement and promote Supported Employment, the evidence-based practice. SE is different from traditional vocational rehabilitation approaches. It emphasizes rapid job-search and placement services, among other consumer-centered principles and practices. It does not require pre-employment training or workshops. "Personalized benefits planning" is one of the core principles of SE.

Download the 18x24” poster.
Download the 8.5x11” poster.