Let Social Security Help Guide You Back To Work

ticket to workThere’s no denying that we all need a helping hand every now and then. Whether it’s to change a tire, move into a new home, or build a tree house, knowing someone is there to lend a hand is always reassuring. Social Security offers this same assurance to all those we serve each day, including beneficiaries with disabilities. When you’re ready to return to work or work for the first time, we’re here.

Our Ticket to Work program offers beneficiaries with disabilities access to meaningful employment. Employment occurs with the assistance of Ticket to Work employment service providers called Employment Networks. The primary goals of employment networks are to assist you with a variety of work-related tasks to prepare you for the workforce. Our beneficiaries get help finding a job and staying employed, as well as instruction on their wage-reporting responsibilities to Social Security. Ultimately, they assist in guiding you back to work!

The program is free, voluntary, and offers help to people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits. If you’re interested in this program, we’re here to provide support throughout your journey. In fact, this program focuses on your financial independence. Beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent.

One major benefit of this career starter is that as a beneficiary, you’re able to keep your cash benefits and Medicare or Medicaid. Throughout your transition to work, there are protections in place to help you return to benefits if you find you’re unable to continue working due to your disability.

Take advantage of the Ticket to Work program today, as you connect the right mix of free employment support services and approved service providers that best fit your needs. If you’re ready for the workforce, we’re ready to help guide you all the way!


55 thoughts on “Let Social Security Help Guide You Back To Work

  1. I am interested in the ticket to work program. I feel the last time I was in I got left at the curb. They had problems with there staff.

  2. Would like to know why I am getting disability instead of SSI . I am 67 yrs old . Is there diff rules by living here in Birmingham?

    • It could be that your ssdi amount is too high to collect SSI, which is Supplemental Security Income. Rules are the same in all states. If you get more than $1000 a month you get too much for SSI in any amount. Still, it is worth applying for to be sure. Never heard of them giving it once you get retirrment. Good luck.

    • If you are 67 the benefit you receive is no longer disability as disability benefits terminate upon full retirement age and are then paid from the retirement trust fund at the same benefit amount. SSI eligigility, being a “welfare” type benefit that is means tested depends on income and resources of an individual. While you may not be eligible for disability programs such as the Ticket to Work program now there may be other benefits you might qualify such as assistance with paying for your Medicare premium, food stamps etc.. Contact your local office or call the 800# (1-800-772-1213 available 7am to 7pm your time) and they will be able to help you.

  3. Not sure why I received this email as I do not recieve SS benefits, nor am I disabled. Wondering if it is possible someone is using my Social Security and may have applied for benefits under my name….please contact me. Thank you.

  4. Hi, I am on ssi/SSA. I’m 66 Years young. I would like some information on jobs and training to get back to work part time. I am in collage part time on line. Thank you Mrs. Gloria Norris.

    • Hi Mrs Norris, I think that you are awesome for going to college while being 66 yrs young. I’ll be 38 in November, I have 2 herniated discs that are pressing on a nerve root that has left my ring and pinky fingers on left hand numb, I also have PTSD, depression and anxiety disorder. I got fired from my last job for being a medical liability, I guess that when I applied for other jobs they told them I was a liability so I wouldn’t get the job. But it’s hard to find a job that can accommodate my needs medically. But I’m still waiting for my claim to be processed, which my case worker actually calls every so often to find out when my next psychiatrist appointment is going to be. But I hope that they are able to find something for you. Good luck, Geoffrey Rogers

  5. As an employer, I have successfully trained and hired employees who are receiving SS or SSD. My concern is what effect will an aggravation of their existing disability have on our workman’s compensation insurance rate. I do want to stress that we partner with the employee to ensure that we don’t place them at risk for further injury/aggravation of their disability and haven’t had any WC issues. Just wondering about what would happen. I know insurance companies do not like older employees but our business loves the dedication and common sense that they bring along into the workforce:)

  6. I am 66 years of age and able to work but no one while hire me. Jam or disabled and would like to return to the work force.

    • I also am 63 years young, and I have not been able to find a part-time job or any job for that matter and I have been hunting religiously for well over six months. How does the aging population with disabilities find a job? I believe there is age discrimination because the applications online always ask for your birth date and your high school date of graduation, as well as further education. I don’t know how to combat this, and I am frightened because I am running out of money and need a job. Help, please!

  7. Funny isn’t it how people ask questions about their situation and this site is not set up to answer those questions? Even if it were, it is never prudent to put personally identifiable information on a public site for ID thieves to have a field day.

  8. I have been on ssdi for almost four years now. I am now 57. I have severe disabilities including Multiple Sclerosis. I dont know when I have had a good day? Would love to work. Especially after this year my daughter goes away to college through the help of Fafsa. We have been living in a one bedroom apartment all these years. I only get 733.00 a month and my daughter was getting 800 a month for child support. We barely made it. What resources do I have to financialy help me in the future? Very worried and upset.

  9. my health is very erraticand I am recieving ssd. Can I work and not endanger my benefits since it is so unpredictable as to when I am able to work. I will never be able to return to my previous type of work or even full time employment.

    • Thank you for your comment David. Social Security strongly supports those individuals who want to return to the work force while supplementing their disability benefit income. Our Ticket to Work program offers beneficiaries with disabilities access to meaningful employment. Under our work incentives programs, a person may still be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program if they work. However, their earnings cannot exceed a certain amount. This is called the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) limit. In 2016, the SGA limit is $1,130 per month (or $1,820 for blind applicants). In addition to the amount of money you make, Social Security may also look at the number of hours you’re able to work. We hope this information helps.

  10. I’m 37 and I have 2 herniated discs in my neck that are pressing on a nerve root, my ring and pinky fingers on left hand are completely numb. The neurologist told me that the most I can pick up is 15 lbs. I also have PTSD, depression and anxiety disorder, I never know how I’m going to feel when I wake up, which it could change in a matter of minutes or hours. It all depends on what triggers it.

  11. Anyone having an existing handy cap or disability, military acquired or Non, and are willing to accept re-training, employment, become productive in a new occupation are eoig8ible for services through our local Department of Rehabilitation Office, one can apply in person, or apply on line, to set up an appointment, get testing, career guidance, and re-training..

  12. My son suffered an injury that was not enough for him to be declared disabled. But it did make it impossible for him to return to his previous employment. He has chosen to return to college with the help of a stipend. He won’t be eligible for full Social Security even if he finally graduates: he’s now in his mid-fifties. Do you have a program that would help people in his situation?

  13. Hello client,I ‘ll like to apply for a job at get back to work with this new possibility it s that easy for me to earn salary as a part time worker.with my present condition i could describe my self as orfanage being faced with tribal coincidence .i would say my situation is improving as at now.its been worst for the past 6yrs i was faced with afflek.it was just like i ‘ld go with oxygenated port so as to breath soom fresh air.apart frm that it was like hell of a thing. I live here in akwa ibom state, nigeria. I ‘ve not seen my biological father. I dont even ‘ve access to a good apartment. Just earlier this yr i managed to start a Small business.to be able to further my education. Any help?

  14. Is the program works in Guam? And how can we apply for the and family members and relatives that are getting disability benefits here in Guam?

    Thank you!

  15. The DHRS Illinois watches me do all the job hunting while they collect Federal funds for doing not much. I have a great resume , and have disabilities but work part time under the SGA. I don’t know if I can work full time and am afraid.
    I am 56 and I know it is age discrimination that prevents me from a chance to try and have a brighter future.

    • The State’s Rehabilitation Services doesn’t do anything for people and collect almost $19K in Federal Funds.

      People who were unemployed looking for work never got any assistance from the State. They decided to go on disability after their unemployment ran out. They are too scared to even go back to the State and ask them to find a job because they know they will do all the leg work and end up reapplying at the crappy job like the ones they were looking at with unemployment.

      Careersource of Florida is just as bad. They have job listings on the website, but warns you that the job might be a scam. They don’t even bother to research the job to see if it is legit.

      If it wasn’t for the private Employment Networks, then there wouldn’t be many people using the Ticket to Work program because the State sucks at finding people a good job.

      • The States are always trying to get the Federal Government to pay for everything. They get people on welfare to sign up for SSI, so the State doesn’t have to use State Funds for Cash Assistance.

        The States and it’s people already know how to scam Social Security disability. Social Security is the Cash Cow. I get the free disability money.

        Many States had the Disability Advocate Services like New York to get people off TANF and onto SSI. New York has a high approval rating at the ALJ level above the National average.

        It will be hard for Social Security to get people off SSI and back to work. The States got them off TANF because they will receive more money on SSI.

        The people on SSI don’t have much work experience. The job they get won’t pay that much. When you add up their benefits like SSI, Medicaid, food stamps, and Section 8 housing, it is better to stay on SSI than working for $10/hr.

        Two weeks paycheck would go to housing, food, transportation to work, and medical insurance. After they tax you on the other two weeks check, it would be less than SSI.

      • It is easy to get free Social Security disability money. All you have to do is make a few visit to the psychiatrist/psychologist offices. You will probably be diagnosed with multiple mental illness. The psychiatrist/psychologist get paid by the pharmaceutical companies, so they will diagnosis you with multiple mental illness in order to prescribe you multiple medications.

        Most people get free Medicaid from the government, so they don’t pay the psychiatrist/psychologist or for prescriptions.

        Once they get that free Social Security disability money, they won’t ever work hard manual labor because it doesn’t pay. They will just collect disability for the rest of their lives.

        • Hi Tony. The Social Security Act sets out a strict definition of disability. Our agency pays benefits to eligible individuals who can’t work due to a disabling mental or physical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Those who qualify based on our strict definition of disability are among the most severely disabled people in the country. No benefits are payable for partial disability or short-term disability. Furthermore, the Social Security Administration conducts Continuing Disability Reviews from time to time to make sure the individuals receiving checks are still eligible to get them.

          • It is not that strict because everyone is getting the free Social Security disability money. Obviously the attorneys knows the strict definition and has ways around it. The attorneys get their clients to go to their doctors to fill out Residual Function Reports and Medical Source Statements. Scammers know how the system works. They even get the Congressman involved in their scam to expedite their case to get the free Social Security disability money faster.

          • Mr. Fernandez, you wrote “Our agency pays benefits to eligible individuals who can’t work due to a disabling mental or physical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Those who qualify based on our strict definition of disability are among the most severely disabled people in the country”. To the contrary, I am a totally disabled individual who has applied for social security, for years and have always been denied, every time! I have severe Cerebral Palsy and have a lot of mobility issues / physical limitations and because of that NO ONE WILL HIRE ME FOR WORK.

            Let me educate you on the brilliant social security process that is a complete and total failure. Being a physically disabled person, no one will hire me to work. Because no one will hire me, I cannot build up any “POINTS” or “CREDITS” in the socialist system to “qualify for benefits”. So you can see this “ENDLESS LOOP” that the Government has created, keeps people like me out of that program.

            My disability STARTED WHEN I WAS BORN, I cannot make that any more clear. The people at the Social Security Office always want to assume that a disability started on “some date” and they are incapable of understanding that I was born with this disability. Maybe they cannot comprehend the fact that there is a physically disabled person out there who slipped through the crack, but there is and that physically disabled person is me.

            My parents tried to file for disability for me but were turned down. I was born in a hospital in Houston, Texas in the 1970’s, so it’s not like I was born outside the US.

            I am- by the socialist security definition- an “adult disabled child” and should qualify for benefits under that program, right? Well……NO, all because of a little loophole, the three little words in a bureaucratic rant which state “must be unmarried”. Why?

            I tried to apply (several times) for disability, but I have been denied all based on the fact that I married an “able bodied person”.

            So, how does me getting married to an able bodied person, make me any less disabled?

            How does getting married somehow magically make people overlook my physical disability and want to hire me for work?

            I really wish at the next “disability review”, you would bring up to your supervisor, the topic of how the “marriage rule” in the adult disabled child definition, is a discriminatory rule that needs to be eliminated.


  16. RE: 2016 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old Age Survivor Disability Insurance Trust Funds and Supplemental Security Income Program. Summer Solstice Instructions. Hospitals & Asylums HA-6-6-16 as conclusively edited for the fall equinox 2016 http://www.title24uscode.org/ss1.htm

    Dear Mr. President:

    This is the first Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old Age Survivor Disability Insurance Trust Funds and Supplemental Security Income Program for summer solstice 2016 as amended for the fall equinox 2016. The 2017 Summer Solstice Instructions shall summarize the OASDI and SSI programs in one easy to understand table. This new edition supplements the United States Code under 1USC§202(c) and amends Annual Reports under Sec. 1161 of Title 11 of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)XI-B§1320c-10 to change the deadline for the Annual Report of the Social Security and Medicare Programs from April Fool’s day to the Summer Solstice.

    The SSA and CMS Actuaries published their 2016 reports with summary by the Treasury, one day late on June 22, 2106. The Acting Commissioner has not submitted a 2016 annual SSI report on the federally funded SSI program, SSI program growth rates were reported in the 2015 report to be actually nearly zero, although written as 1% .

    Public Law regarding Social Security since 1996 has been a crime. The Administration must redress three years without COLA 2009-2011 at $674 mo. SSI with a 6% COLA in 2017 to make up for the COLA the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 drank and ensure beneficiaries receive a 3% COLA every year thereafter.

    Medicare Part B Premium $104.90 in 2015, $121.80 in 2016 (16.1% growth) and $149.00 in 2017 (22.3% growth) is neoplastic, and the HHS budget and Health United States 2015 are unaccountably high. SMI premium increases must again be held harmless under Sec. 1840 of the Social Security Act 42USC§1395s – $104.90 2015 rates through 2016 and until CMS agrees to a 2.5% health annuity of $107.50 if the COLA is 3% or 5% $110.20 provided there is a 6% COLA in 2017.

    In 2016 employee 26USC§3101 and employer §3111 tax rates and deprivation of relief benefits 18USC§246 were hacked because the 2.37% DI tax rate is not legible on paystubs. The IRS and SSA Commissioners must agree in writing to a legible tax rate of 2.4% DI 10.0% OASI in 2017 and 2.2% DI 10.2% OASI in 2018 and thereafter and ensure the public that Actuary has learned how to calculate the OASDI tax rate right for once. The 2016 report was wrong regarding the precise allocation of the revenues from the DI and OASI trust funds in 2016, although he got the apportionment right for 2017 and thereafter, the 2.37% DI tax rate is not right because it is illegible on pay-stubs and it would be irresponsible to never make a withdrawal from the OASI Trust Fund without prematurely depleting the DI trust fund, and must be made right immediately.

    Actuarial propaganda about raising tax rates or reducing benefits must cease. The Actuary must account for the fact that the tax on the rich will end poverty in the United States by 2020. The United States is obligated to tax the rich under 26USC§7201 to pay child SSI to 16-24 million poor children in 2017 under 18USC§228(b). Passing the Social Security Amendments of January 1, 2016 in September 2016 will leave the winner of the Presidential election an estimated $20 billion federal budget surplus in FY 2017 – The Harmless Deal.

    The Senate and President may choose to confirm the author under Art. 2(2) of the U.S. Constitution provided the term of Commissioner will have to be amended from 6 to 2 years under Sec. 702(a)(3) of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)VII§902(a)(3).  Furthermore, maximum allowable disability and retirement, $2,639 a month in 2016, may be a more economical, academically free and culturally competent method of compensating the author, than Level I executive compensation of $201,700 a year.

    $700 a month is all that is needed to comply with the 42 month limit on $600-$699 in (Revelation 13:10). A 3% COLA in 2016 would have been exactly $700 but a 6% COLA in 2017 and 3% every year thereafter is amicable.  This work can be purchased in good faith by the Acting Commissioner for $69 a month back-pay five years from the Defense of Social Security Caucus of 2011 to the first day of accountability dated January 1, 2016, thanks to the 6% COLA 2017 -$4,140 under Section 204(c) of the Social Security Act 42USC§404(c), whereas OASDI has a 303% (2016) trust fund ratio under Sec. 215(i) of the Social Security Act 42USC415(i).

    • Hi Diana. The Ticket To Work Program is primarily designed to help people who receive disability benefits return to work or work for the first time. In the other hand, you can still work and receive your Social Security retirement benefits at the same time. To learn more, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page or read our publication: “How Work Affects Your Benefits”. If you have additional questions, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and talk with one of our representatives.

  17. I am 77 years old working , receiving S.S and had surgery I have short and long term disability insurance. Can I get disability check from the insurance co’ beside the social security ?

    • Hi Sam, we can only provide information about our programs; you should contact your insurance company directly to find out if you can receive additional benefits. Thanks.

  18. I requested SSA to let me view my SS a/c but no response has given to my request.

    Since I dont live in US anymore, I can not create a new a/c .And I am unable to view my a/c because I am getting message that email login/pwd is incorrect , but i am sure those variables are correct.

    I lived there as Permanent resident for 8 yrs, studied there and worked full time with Church of God publishing house, Cleveland, Tn.

    Pl help me view my a/c, i can provide you my Alien numb, SSN or any thing else you want to know. Thanks.

    • We apologize for the inconvenience Ashok and appreciate you trying to use our online services. At this time, you must have a U. S. mailing address to create or to access your online account. The “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for issuing an account. People with APO/FPO/DPO addresses can create an account overseas, but our system does not support registration and account creation for users with a foreign address yet. You can contact the local U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance related to Social Security benefits or services. Thanks!

  19. LOL – Millions have gotten disability benefits far too easily! Proven by the fact that they go directly from unemployment benefits to DISABILITY!! Part of obama’s belief in Soros agenda to destroy the economy with overwhelming national debt – now about $20,000,000,000,000!!!

  20. Wish Social Security could guide me to work, but they can’t even change their own outdated discriminatory rules.

    I am 45 years old, a mother of three older children and physically disabled ( I was born with cerebral palsy ). I’ve never collected one red cent of money from the Socialist Security System, even though I have applied several times and they find me disabled.

    Technically, I am an “adult disabled child” (please look this up, it is NOT SSI or SSDI) but have never been able to secure any benefits whatsoever from the Socialist Security system, even under that program because I got married to an “Able bodied person”. The Socialist Security system is too busy paying benefits to some people who scam the system and worrying about adult disabled children (who they pay benefits to off of a parents record) marrying an able bodied person. This gives them the justification to cut off benefits to the adult disabled child because the husband (in theory) can now support the disabled person. This theory works great, if your husband is rich and you have no need for money but what it actually does, is to force two adults (one disabled one able bodied person) to live off of one income. In the real world, the socialist security system is forcing adult disabled children to only marry other disabled persons (and NO able bodied persons) at the threat of loosing any and all benefits that they are entitled to.

    If you are a physically disabled person (an adult disabled child) and you happen to marry an “able bodied person” you will be loosing out on a lifetime of benefits, all because of a one word “rule” that prohibits you from marrying an “able bodied person”. Best of all, they never tell you about their “Rule” so that they can justify cutting off any benefits that you may be due.

    Because you are physically disabled (adult disabled child) and you choose not to marry another adult disabled child or disabled person drawing off socialist security, you WILL LOOSE ANY AND ALL BENEFITS FOR LIFE. This means that the SOCIALIST SECURITY system is TELLING YOU WHO YOU ARE ALLOWED TO MARRY and who you are
    NOT ALLOWED TO MARRY! It is a discriminatory act “rule” and should be ILLEGAL!

    Even though I am permanently and totally disabled, if I marry an “able bodied person”, somehow that marriage makes everything ok and I am no longer considered disabled (in the eyes of the socialist security system). Magically (because I married an able bodied person), the pixie fairies come down and cure my disability, because now I can just go out and find gainful employment, no one will discriminate against my physical disability and everything will be grand, right? Somehow magically, marrying an able bodied person makes my physical disablility dissappear and now I am cured, right? WRONG!

    The issue is a special “Rule” that the Socialist Security System uses to discriminate against “certain” people. If you are a “physically disabled person” (AKA-certain people) and happen to marry an able bodied person, then the SOCIALIST SECURITY system will use special “Rules” to legally discriminate against you and deny you benefits, even if you appeal online.

    The SOCIALIST SECURITY system has caused me a lot of economic hardship all because I married an able bodied person. The SOCIALIST SECURITY system thinks someone who is physically disabled (permanently and totally disabled) marries an “able bodied person”, that somehow magically they are cured of their physical disability and two people can survive off the able bodied persons income. WOW, talk about a bunch of bureaucratic idiotic thinking, that somehow this would not cause a financial hardship….. amazing.

    The rules that the Social Security Administration uses to legally discriminate against persons who are “Adult Disabled Children” who happen to marry an able bodied person, are discriminatory. This is loosely referred to as the “marriage penalty” but I call it exactly what it is, a legal form of discrimination.
    I firmly believe this rule, is an act of bias, prejudice and discrimination against people who (by no fault of their own) are born disabled and happen to marry an able bodied person

    Please write your Congressional Representative and tell them to end this modern day form of Legal Discrimination. In this day of fairness and equality, there are still some people suffering from an outdated and oppressive bureaucratic rule.

    (PS. notice how the only thing any of these SOCIALIST SECURITY workers ever say are quotes of the rules or processes, like a worker drone. They are unable to address any topics that fall outside of their rule books). Typical bureaucracy and bureaucratic responses, like trying to argue over lost change with a vending machine!

  21. I have chrons and am currently on disability and also have back. Problems and anxiety I work as a waitress 2-3 days a week but its getting harder to do. …I am divorced after a 10 yr marriage im only 41 but can I apply for my ex husband benifits?

    • Hi Dolores! Generally, a divorced spouse may be able to receive benefits on the ex-spouse’s record starting at age 62 or older. Social Security pays disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. However, if a person thinks that he or she meets our definition of disability, we encourage them to apply for disability benefits when they become disabled. A person may still be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program if they work. However, their earnings cannot exceed a certain amount. This is called the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) limit. In 2016, the SGA limit is $1,130 per month (or $1,820 for blind applicants). Please read our publication, “What Every Woman Should Know” for more important information.
      We hope this information helps

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  23. I have an opportunity to work part-time and supplement my disability income and was very worried if I did this I would lose my benefits. Honestly I just need to get out of the house and feel useful again and the articles I read on your website are very easy to understand and eased my mind about returning to some work and not being penalized. Thank you so much.

  24. Hi My name is Emilio Vega, I would love to be re-train to go back to work, but I visit 2 places and they don’t since to be willing to help me, I was in coma in Hospital for a long time, & I never get therapy, but now I am ready to restart but I need be re-train.
    Thank you

    • Hello Emilio, individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 may qualify for participation in the Ticket to Work program.

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