Let Social Security Help Guide You Back To Work

September 19, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: September 19, 2016

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!

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Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  1. David H.

    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.

    • Ray F.

      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.

      • Charl

        That’s an inventive answer to an inteserting question

        • Lakeisha

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  2. Lynda B.

    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.

    • Jor W.

      Apply for SSI. It might give you a little extra

  3. ata

    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.

  4. Teresa W.

    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.

    • Joan

      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!

      • Vicki

        Grazie bella idea. Apfporitto con piacere. Se ti ingabbiano per natale ti prometto panettone e aranciata. Non sono sicuro che lo spumante in cella si possa portare. Non sei mica un padrino 😉

  5. Robert J.

    Am interested in learning more!

    • ata

      Call the SSA toll free #1-800-7273 and ask for a pamphlet on the subject.

    • Roberta

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  6. Bobby G.

    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:)

    • Collyn

      Good question. Maybe that will be the topic of a future SS article. And good for you for hiring folks with disabilities!

  7. Gloria N.

    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.

    • Geoffrey R.

      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

  8. Catherine

    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.

  9. Christine J.

    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?

    • Jor W.

      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.

    • Chris

      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.

  10. Katheryn B.

    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.

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