Posting this here as I'm not sure where the best sub-forum for this would be, but given this sub-forum's traffic and topic, figured this would be the best location for it. Mods, if there is a better place for this thread, please feel free to move it there.
The next two paragraphs give the background of my situation; the questions I'm actually looking to have answered are in the last 2 paragraphs.
Anyway, I've started this thread because I need some advice on taking the next step in my life, and I'm wondering if anyone here has done something similar whilst disabled. I'm originally from a major city in the Midwest, but just a little over 4 years ago I relocated to a small city (just over 100k population) 3.5 hours from my hometown, a few months after having completed a year-long internship in a major West Coast city that did not turn into permanent employment. (I will take at least part of the blame as to why that did not happen). The move to this current city was the result of my obtaining my first permanent job there. I'm 32 years old and single, a manual wheelchair user disabled from a tumor on my spine at the age of 1 month, for what that's worth.
As excited as I was during the first 1.5 years in my then-new position, my job duties have since stagnated and there appears to be little room for anyone in my organization to move up. (My boss recently retired and although we had a perfectly good internal candidate to replace her, she was replaced by someone external whom I'm not yet 100% convinced is the right person for the job). And the only thing I'm getting even more bored with than my job is the city I live in. Not much to do except go out to the bars on the weekends, and I'm getting too old to regularly do that. Dating options here are equally weak by my standards; had I known I'd be here this long, I'd have gone out with that cute foreign co-worker that was hot on my tail for my first 2 years on the job. (We had insanely good chemistry, and she might have been someone I could have eventually married, but I couldn't bring myself to date a colleague, especially as she gave off the vibe of someone in a rush to find a husband. She has since married someone else).
Living where I do makes me feel very isolated from the job opportunities I actually want. So I was wondering, in particular for any wheelchair users reading this; have any of you been able to quit your job, been able to obtain SSDI (I would be getting $1,120 per month if I were to get it, and did receive SSDI between the end of my last internship and the start of my current job), then move to a new city, and then find employment in the new place? I know this situation may require that I at least briefly live with my parents, who still live in that major city; I do have the freedom to break my apartment lease as long as I give one month's notice. Even though I already have a Master's degree, one of the things I am considering is going back to school and getting a 2nd Master's degree that would complement the skills I obtained in my first, but would open many more employment opportunities. And it looks like Voc Rehab would be able to cover this option for me.
Due to some money mismanagement on my part, I only have about $5,000 in savings. Have any of you ever done anything similar to what I am describing, and if so, how did it go? Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.