What is the Ticket to Work Program?
Social Security's Ticket to Work Program supports career development for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who want to work. The Ticket Program is free and voluntary. The Ticket Program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence.
The Ticket Program is a good fit for people who want to improve their earning potential and are committed to preparing for long-term success in the workforce. This program offers beneficiaries with disabilities access to meaningful employment with the assistance of Ticket to Work employment service providers called Employment Networks. If you are ready to go to work, there are people ready and waiting to help you!
The career development services and support you need are unique to you. The Ticket Program can connect you with the right mix of free employment support services and approved service providers that best fit your needs.
The Ticket Program and other Work Incentives allow you to keep your benefits while you explore employment, receive vocational rehabilitation services and gain work experience. Your cash benefits and Medicaid or Medicare often continue throughout your transition to work, and there are protections in place to help you return to benefits, if you are unable to continue working due to your disability.
Why Ticket to Work?
In determining your eligibility for benefits, Social Security found that you could not earn enough money to support yourself. But with the right opportunities and supports, many people can earn a higher standard of living by going to work and leaving the benefit rolls. The Ticket Program can help you find your path to work.
While earning a living through employment is not for everyone, it may be right for you. The rewards far outweigh the risks. Take the time to learn about the employment services and supports Social Security offers beneficiaries with disabilities through the Ticket to Work Program. You may be surprised! We are here to help you learn more and start on your journey to financial independence.