U of I to Compile Social Security Information to Help Disabled

Researchers at the University of Illinois are compiling data from the Social Security system to help disabled people return to the work force.

The university's National Center for Supercomputing Applications and its Disability Research Institute will use the supercomputing center's software to examine the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program.

The program allows beneficiaries receive tickets that they can redeem for employment services from various agencies, educational institutions and employers with on-the-job training.

Thomas Prudhomme and Michael Welge, who work at the supercomputing center, have been awarded nearly $1 million for the one-year study funded through the U of I disability institute.