Ticket to Work Puts People Back in the Driver’s Seat

woman wearing a apron in the kitchen Social Security encourages people to rejoin the workforce when they are able. Ticket to Work is our free and voluntary program that helps people get vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals, and other employment support services.

This program is for people ages 18 to 64, who are receiving disability benefits, and need support re-entering the workforce or working for the first time. While many disabled individuals are unable to work and may never be able to return to work, we know that some are eager to try working again. Work incentives make it easier to work and still receive health care and cash benefits from Social Security while providing protections if people have to stop working due to a disability.

Social Security works with employment networks to offer beneficiaries access to meaningful employment. Employment networks are organizations and agencies, including state vocational rehabilitation agencies that provide various employment support services. Some services they may help with include résumé writing, interviewing skills, and job leads.

Ticket to Work gives individuals the opportunity to choose from several employment networks. Participants are free to talk with as many employment networks as they want before choosing one. If someone signs an agreement with an employment network, they’ll help the individual develop an employment plan. We’ll review their progress toward achieving the goals of their employment plan every 12 months. If they are making timely progress in their return to work plan, we will not conduct a medical review of their disability during the time they’re in the program.

Many people have successfully completed the Ticket to Work program. Anyone interested in the Ticket to Work program should call the Ticket to Work Helpline toll-free at 1-866-968-7842 (TTY 1-866-833-2967). More information on the program is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/work.

Remember, Social Security is with everyone through life’s journey, providing resources that can help people reach their work and retirement goals.


73 thoughts on “Ticket to Work Puts People Back in the Driver’s Seat

  1. Hello, I dont know where else to ask. My husband (53) became disabled in 2013, applied for SSD 2015. We have been living in Peru where recently we had massive flood that damage the roof and almost killed our small children, money is very little and I am in tears everyday because my husband want to kill himself.
    He was denied (only found out after hours waiting on the 800 number) and we filed a reconsideration, we called again because it has been 6 month since but nobody can give me an answer, I dont know what else SS needs. they gave me a 410 number that never calls back, the Consulate in Peru ( we live 16 hours away from embassy) does not answer back either and I am literally in limbo,reps at the 1800 number make fun of my accent. I dont know who to ask to, where to go because even lawyers dont want to represent somebody overseas. Please please please I beg you to point in the right direction.

    • Hi Karen. We are sorry to hear of your husband’s situation. For security reasons, we do not have access to personal information in this venue and can only refer your inquiry to the Office of International Operations. Generally, we recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. If you wish to submit feedback related to your experience, you can write to us or send us an email message. Thanks.

      • We contacted the Peruvian embassy (you cant call them just email them) but got a reply that the consulate of Santo Domingo is the only one that can give us info but again there is not phone number, no replying to our emails. So if they need additional info, how would we know? We dont get snail mail.

  2. SS is on direct path to Bankruptcy because High % of Fraudulent cases!
    Very obvious because Countless people went directly from Unemployment benefits to Disability claims!!
    Impossible that so Many people suddenly became disabled, but obama administration let it go!!!
    Cloward Piven agenda:
    Pile up insurmountable debt to collapse the economy!!!!

  3. I always wanted to be self employed to earn some extra income to supplement my disability income in order to survive and keep abreast of annual cost of living everywhere seen or unseen. I might be able to make up to $5000 a year or less . I cannot find any information that can help me with reporting income without having to go down the Ticket to Work route . I want to know how much extra income I can make to maximum a year before I am required to inform the office. I have no information on that.. Why is that? I have searched http://www.ssa.gov and found some information on disability benefits ,etc.. but nothing about extra income I can make and things like that..

  4. I am receiving Social Security benefits for disability, I want to try a part time job, will my benefits be in jeopardy.

    • Hello Linda, 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 2018, the SGA limit is $1,180 per month (or $1,970 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. For more information visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page. We hope this helps!

  5. I only want to know if I can apply for a very part time job while still receiving my social security benefits ?

  6. I get Ssi and recieved a ticket to work notice and I am willing to participate in the program in order for me to do so I have to complete my car repairs so I have reliable transportation. The total cost is 300 can I get help paying for this so I can participate in the program?

  7. what is the maximum amount of money I can make working. I started drawing SS this month. my first check will be in October, I do work a part time job. right now I work 24 hours. but I need to know if this is to many hours. I make 15.00 an hour.

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