Member Spotlight: Candace Altschul
This month, the Employment Network is shining the Spotlight on Candace Altschul. In addition to being the Lead Benefit and Employment Specialist at a company, she also owns and operates her own benefits and financial consulting business. She is extremely knowledgable in all aspects of benefits planning and really enjoys helping individuals reach their employment goals. We are so fortunate to have her as a member of the Employment Network.
· What kind of work do you do? Where do you work at?
I am a Public Benefits & Personal Finance Consultant specializing in Work Incentive Benefits Planning. My primary contract is with Feist Vocational Counseling & Placement, LLC where I serve as the Lead Benefit & Employment Specialist. Through this partnership I am able to provide benefits counseling services to DVR job seekers. In addition to my work with Feist VCP and DVR, I own and operate CTA Consulting, LLC which provides benefits and financial consulting for individuals, employers, and organizations. Most of my work is in the Madison, WI area, but I often travel to work with people in other parts of the state.
· Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work?
The big thing right now is the ABLE Act. People are getting very excited about the development of ABLE accounts, as they should be! It's very exciting that people with disabilities will be able to save a significant amount of money without losing eligibility for critical health care they may need. On a daily basis, I really enjoy communicating with people about how they can work and balance their Social Security benefits and health insurance. So often there is a misunderstanding of program rules, as well as work incentives that can help people start or return to work. I am humbled everyday when so many that I work with are genuinely grateful to have the information. It gives them a real sense of control over their future, and the confidence to move forward with their employment goals.
· What employment tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to work?
As a benefits specialist it would have to be, look into the work incentives that are available to you if you are receiving a public benefit. Examples could include SSI/SSDI, Medicare/Medicaid, Housing Assistance, FoodShare, W-2, etc. Work Incentives may include continued cash payments and continued medical benefits while you are working. There are free resources in every county to help. Your local ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center) and/or WIPA (Work Incentives Planning & Assistance) agency is a great place to start. You can also reach out to the DVR (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation https://dwd.
· What message would you like to share with the members of the Employment Network?
I love working with and connecting with people, which is why I enjoy being a part of networking communities like this one. Building connections is so important for professional and personal growth. It's good to know you're part of a team, and to learn about ways we can help each other.
· What’s your dream vacation?
I like warmth, water, and quiet. Any place my kids can play and I can rest is a dream for me.
· Are you a dog person or a cat person?
I love dogs! I can't resist a cuddly pup. They are so warm and welcoming.
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