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Ticket To Work Program (for SSI and SSDI beneficiaries)
The Ticket To Work Program (for SSI and SSDI beneficiaries)
General Contact Info:
Call 1-866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967(TTY) M - F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST
General Purpose of Agency:
Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people with disabilities who want to work. Social Security disability beneficiaries 18 through 64 qualify. The Ticket program is free and voluntary and exists specifically to help people with disabilities progress toward financial self-sufficiency.
Specific Activities of Interest to Persons Living With AIDS:
The Ticket program and Work Incentives allow you to keep your benefits while you explore employment, receive vocational rehabilitation, or gain work experience. Cash benefits often continue throughout your transition to work and are eliminated only when you maintain a level of earnings, known as Substantial Gainful Activity.
What you can expect:
You can get the help you need from two types of providers.
An Employment Network (EN) is under contract with Social Security to provide free services to beneficiaries under the Ticket program. If you and an EN agree to work together, you and the EN develop a plan that is just for you. The plan defines your employment goals and describes the specialized services they will provide to help you meet your goals. All ENs provide career counseling, job placement, and ongoing support services. Some provide additional services, so think about what your needs are as you search for a provider that best meets them.
Or you can choose to work with your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency. If they agree to take you on as a client, they also will work with you to develop an individual plan that will help you get a job. If you need ongoing services after the VR agency closes your case, you can then work with an EN.
How to effectively access this agency/resource:
You became eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work program when you started receiving SSDI or SSI benefits based on disability. Social Security no longer sends paper tickets in the mail, but you don't need a paper Ticket to participate. Participation in the Ticket program is free and voluntary; if you decide to participate, you can contact any authorized provider in your area to see if the services they offer are right for you. These providers, called Employment Networks (ENs), offer specialized services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training. Feel free to talk with as many ENs as you would like to see what they have to offer. You may also receive services from your local vocational rehabilitation agency and then receive ongoing services from an EN.
Everyone ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of their disability, is eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work program.
If you are interested in learning about the Ticket to Work Program or Work Incentives, you can attend a free Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) online webinar. WISE webinars are online events held for beneficiaries to learn about the Ticket to Work Program and available Work Incentives through accessible learning opportunities. WISE webinars are hosted on the fourth Wednesday of each month.