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

Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications


  1. asqli

    I hope get back to work soon. glad to read this post. positive energy ♥

  2. kenneth L.

    I have been in Ticket to Work, And I Made a little too much money. And I am being Crucified For it. My benefits
    discontinued and The Customer Service I have Received, has been awful, and IDK, If I will ever get my
    benefits back. And have LOST the Job, I Had because of my Disibility, and now I have NO where to LIVE.

  3. Michael L.

    How much can my son make while on disability?

    • Luis A.

      Hi, Michael. Thank you for your question. If you are referring to Social Security disability benefits, special rules allow your son to work temporarily without losing his monthly Social Security disability benefits. After his nine-month trial work period, we still provide a safety net that allows him to work another three years risk free. During those three years, he can work and still receive benefits for any month in which his earnings do not exceed a certain limits. For 2019, those limits are: $2,040 if he is legally blind; or $1,220 a month if he is not blind. For more information on working while receiving Social Security disability benefits, click here.

      Whether he is receiving Social Security or SSI, he may be able to work. Learn more information by reading our publication titled “Working while Disabled- How We Can Help.” We hope this helps.

  4. TINA L.

    what if you want or need to go back to work but cant drive?

  5. Angelina P.

    I am retired collecting social security check monthly I am 69 years old but very active
    My question is are you allowed to work part time and what is the maximum hours you can work and still collect social security and does my check decrease monthly because you part time
    Thank you for your time
    I’m just curious not planning to do this.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Angelina.You can work while you receive Social Security retirement (or survivors) benefits. At 69, you’ve reached your full retirement age. If you work and are full retirement age or older, the amount you make at work will not affect your Social Security benefits, no matter how much you earn. For more information, visit our Benefits Planner: Getting Benefits While Working. Thanks.

  6. Clark W.

    Social Security.

    I hope you will forgive me, I have bean receiving SSI disability funding since 1975 infection of the Down-Syndrome, a weaker for of the AIDS virous of that time.
    I am contacting to ask with all the questionable live regulation that Washington has for people who had that virous since four-teen in the year 1975, but still has many different completed New York Studies from
    Syracuse University College, Onondaga Community College and Cayuga/Onondaga BOCES equaling ten
    major studies being: Social Science 2011-2012; Political Science 2010-2011; Legal Aid 2009-2010;
    and my first studies at SU Archeology 2008-2009.
    The two studies that gave me an award were Political Science with Student of the Year @ Legal Aid with
    Student of the Year.

    Now before that being all I had studies a two Community Colleges before that. Though it was only the College right before the studies at SU that I passed which was Onondaga Community College with the two main studies being Music Appreciation with no award,
    but passing the year 2013-2014. Now with all of my SU College studies that would be Social Science I had the year 2011-2012 with passing with no awards.
    then the next course down was Political Science, which I passed with ‘Student of the Year’ for the year 2010-2011. Then the first course I had as SU College that gave me awards were Legal Aid with the Award of ‘Student with Highest Grade Point Average’ which truly
    pleased me seeing how I was in the year of 1975, at the age of four-teen infected with Down-Syndrome, a weaker form of the AIDS area.

  7. Teresa W.

    To Social Security administration,
    I being one Teresa Lynn Williams with the ss# of
    *** – ** – *** that resides at
    2442 Nevada Avenue
    Hollister, Idaho, 83301
    I have found a job and I would like to be placed in the six month program that Social Security Administration has for the disabled. So, I Teresa have a question that is :
    1. Does a person have their employment pay directly deposited into their checking account that has
    a signer ?
    Yes or NO
    2. Does each amount of paycheck be deducted from the SSA automatic deposit ? Yes or No
    3. Can I have them deposit pay into another banking account ? Yes or No
    4. Can a person continue to receive SSD, but with my employment check amounts from employment that they are deducted away from my SSD income? YES OR NO
    5. I Teresa Lynn Williams applied at C3 Connect in Twin Falls Idaho 83301 and I start on 2/26/2019 at 10:00 a.m. for a four week training at the pay rate of $9:00 per hour, then after training is over I get paid $9.75 per hour plus commission sales. I have declared that I need to be on the shift of a 10 hour shift because I have calculated my expenses and in that , I have found that I must work ten hour shifts and I have also been informed that I must disclose my desire of weekly hours to my shift manager, as I ( Teresa L. Williams will do.
    I have not yet worked any hours of employment . from C3 Connect, but hopefully will on 2/26/2019 at 10:00 a.m. at:
    C3 Connect
    851 Pole Line Road
    Twin Falls, Idaho, 83301
    Telephone number is ( 208)- 734-9452
    Do not disclose in any way what diagnosis happened in 2011 because I really did have the evidence that a injury had occurred . I Teresa do not want to be recognized as disabled. I have not told them that I have been on disability and that will most definitely indicate that my Teresa’s privacy has been so severely violated by others. You have watched TV and driven in your cities and so that should be proof enough that I have been a victim that has been lied about a lot, DAH.
    Today on Feb. 7th , 2019 I have been informed that I have past the 7 year history of a criminal background check and it was clear. That means it was good and that I ( Teresa) have passed the test, that is good. So I Teresa Lynn Willaims am going to make the attempt to go back to work . Please answer the questions that I have. You, Teresa L. Williams

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  9. Harold H.

    i found a part time job now what do i do i m on early retirement i know im on limited income but do i have to file something with ss and medicare

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Harold, thank you for your question. The amount you’re allowed to earn depends on your age. If you attain full retirement age (66) in 2018, the earnings limit is $45,360 but we only count earnings before the month you reach full retirement age. Beginning with the month you reach full retirement age, earnings no longer reduce your benefits, no matter how much you earn. If you’re under full retirement age for the entire year, then we deduct $1 from benefit payments for every $2 earned above the annual limit. For 2018, that limit is $17,040.

      Visit our Retirement Planner: Getting Benefits While Working and our Retirement Earnings Test Calculator.

      If you are expecting to earn over the limit, report your work to Social Security by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  10. Robert F.

    I’d like to return to work ASAP and see what becomes of it,,,

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