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Ticket to Work program helps the disabled find their path

Posted 9/15/21

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last year, as the pandemic wreaked havoc, the United States also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Times have changed, and more …

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Ticket to Work program helps the disabled find their path

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last year, as the pandemic wreaked havoc, the United States also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Times have changed, and more support options are available now for people with disabilities who want to work.  

Since 1999, Social Security’s Ticket to Work program, aka the Ticket program, has worked with thousands of Social Security disability recipients. Participants are connected with free, individualized employment services to help them decide if working is right for them. It will also help prepare them for the workforce, search for a job, and stay employed.

Participants can receive career counseling, benefits counseling, job training and job search assistance from state vocational rehabilitation agencies and authorized providers, known as employment networks.

Adults aged 18 to 64 who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) due to a disability are eligible to participate.

Worried about losing benefits? Social Security’s work incentives might permit recipients to work while keeping some or all of their benefits and Medicare/Medicaid coverage.

If it turns out that working is impossible, the participant might be able to receive benefits without a new application.  

Because each person’s circumstances are different and there are a variety of work incentives, job seekers are encouraged to consult a benefits counselor. These specially trained professionals can help the disabled understand how employment will affect their benefits.

For over 20 years, the Ticket program has helped thousands of people return to work. To learn more, call the Ticket to Work Helpline at 866/968-7842 or 866/833-2967 (TTY), Monday through Friday,  from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time. Or people can visit the website, www.choosework.ssa.gov.

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