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A disability should not hinder an individual from earning a living or from improving their standard of living. People who are disabled and receive Social Security benefits may find employment options limited, but there is a program that helps put disability benefit recipients on the path back to work.

In 1999, a federal law created a voluntary work assistance program for people receiving Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is designed to assist individuals on disability in working again.

You may be a recipient of Social Security disability benefits who wants to get back on the path to meaningful employment and self-sufficiency or know someone who does. The Social Security Administration Disability Ticket to Work program may be what you’re looking for.

Employment Support

The Ticket to Work program was created for individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, who want to return to work and are seeking support and guidance in their effort. The Ticket to Work program helps individuals with services in their transition back to the workplace.

Qualified SSDI and SSI recipients have access to help from employment support providers called Employment Networks (EN). The network helps individuals with job searches, referrals, career planning, or vocational rehabilitation services with a focus of helping the person find and keep a suitable job that could even lead to a career.

The Benefits

One of the key benefits is qualified SSDI and SSI recipients are permitted to keep some of their benefits, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. The loss of benefits is not a deterrent to taking advantage of opportunities and support offered by the various providers. Ticket to Work is voluntary, so a decision not to participate has no effect on an individual’s SSDI or SSI benefits.

Why It Works

Individuals on SSDI and SSI will find the disability Ticket to Work program beneficial. They may pursue job opportunities under the guidance of providers who offer support, training options and advice to achieve long-term employment and career goals. Participation in the program helps people who receive Social Security disability benefits transition back into the workplace and toward financial independence.