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Kevin R. Nickerson
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Disability Program Navigator / Community Work Incentives Coordinator
Challenge

Kevin Nickerson has worked for Challenge, a non-profit rehabilitation agency in Ithaca, New York for the last 15 years. He established a benefits advisement service for Challenge long before any formalized services through the Social Security Administration began. In 2000, Mr. Nickerson became a certified Benefits Planning, Assistance & Outreach specialist for Tompkins County, and has assisted many Social Security beneficiaries in utilizing Work Incentives to return to work. He is currently contracted as a Disability Program Navigator and has maintained the title of Community Work Incentives Coordinator under Social Security’s Work Incentive Planning and Assistance program for the local One Stop, Tompkins Workforce New York.

Mr. Nickerson established Challenge as an Employment Network (EN) under the Ticket to Work program in 2001, assigned the first Ticket in New York State to a private EN, and recently assisted Challenge in becoming the second EN nationally to claim a 60th Outcome Payment through the Ticket to Work program. Additionally, they have been included in a national publication, promoted by Maximus, the Program Manager of the Ticket to Work program, as an agency utilizing best practices. He is a current member of the Ticket to Work Ambassadors Bureau, a resource for agencies establishing and operating Employment Networks. Mr. Nickerson also works for the National Disability Institute as a consultant providing information to Workforce Investment Areas interested in becoming Employment Networks through the Ticket to Work program. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.