Working While Disabled — Social Security Can Help

man sitting in wheelchairWhile it may be best known for retirement, Social Security is also here to help you get back to work if you are disabled. For millions of people, work isn’t just a source of income, it’s a vital part of who they are — it gives them purpose and pride — it’s a connection to community. If you’re getting Social Security disability benefits, we have good news for you. Social Security’s work incentives and Ticket to Work programs can help you if you’re interested in working. Special rules make it possible for people receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments.

The Ticket to Work program may help you if you’d like to work. You can receive:

  • Free vocational rehabilitation;
  • Training;
  • Job referrals; and
  • Other employment support.

You can read more about working while collecting disability benefits at our website.

Work incentives include:

  • Continued cash benefits for a time while you work;
  • Continued Medicare or Medicaid while you work; and
  • Help with education, training, and rehabilitation to start a new line of work.

If you’re receiving Social Security disability benefits or SSI, let us know right away when you start or stop working, or if any other change occurs that could affect your benefits.

If you returned to work, but you can’t continue working because of your medical condition, your benefits can start again — you may not have to file a new application.

You can learn more about the Ticket to Work program by reading Working While Disabled: How We Can Help.

Part of securing today and tomorrow is giving you the tools to create a fulfilling life. Getting back to work might be part of that. We’re here with a ticket to a secure tomorrow.

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210 thoughts on “Working While Disabled — Social Security Can Help

      • No, they revert to retirement when you reach full retirement age and for most that is age 66, not 65. Depending upon your age the answer could be 67, not everyone is the same so ignore answers such as Ms. Gordon’s.

      • Hello Francine. Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries attain their full retirement age (Currently 66). Benefits are not interrupted with this transition and the benefit amount will generally remains the same. Thanks!

        • Hi Mr. Fernandez,
          My mom who is 79 years old and collects SSDI, seems to think (and I can’t find anything on your website or in the office that is in print) if she works 10 hours or so a week she will lose her benefits. Where can I find this in print to show her she is mistaken? I typed in the search engine the question and it keeps saying no response found.

          thank you very much.

    • The annual test only applies to the first year of retirement. Disability beneficiaries must report changes in earned income monthly and if you get SSI you must report all income changes as they happen.

    • Thank you for your question Lorraine. Social Security strongly supports those individuals who want to return to the work force while supplementing their disability benefit income. We have Work Incentives that allow people to work and still receive their benefits.
      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.
      We hope this information helps!

    • You gave so little information, you really expect someone who reads this public blog to help you? Call or visit a SS office.

        • Does not need a link. When one has difficulty expressing themselves, it is better to talk eye to eye to a SS Representative. In that way, all questions can be addressed and understood.

          • I don’t understand why people are so cruel to each other. It saddens. Me
            I do understand that is frustrating because some do understand the process and some just want information landed on their lap. There is so much to learn . I use to Google and I learned the best thing is to go to subject matter experts. If you have an attorney talk to them. Talk to your social security office. Just don’t ask other people in your position for advice because we are all in the same shoe. But I also wnt to say we love in a country that we are lucky to have this benefit available to us. Don’t make an agenda out of everything. Patience. Attaining benefits is a process. Some have abused this and yes it is not right but this happens in every aspect of our society. I am greatful that I have he chance to apply and I Just have to wait for the process to work. And believe that it will. I see saw questions asked and answered. No need to be cruel . We are all in this together. Thank you for you hard work SSA and remember they have a hard job .

  1. I have been unable to optain information about disability benefits after retirement age. Do I still continue to receive the disability payments when I reach 66 or do I change over to social security payments

    • Hello Patricia, Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries attain their full retirement age. Benefits are not interrupted with this transition and the benefit amount will generally remains the same. Thanks!

  2. I was recently denied approval of SSI, despite the current diagnosis of a bipolar and past history of a schizophrenia diagnosis. Leaving without a way to stay connected to a community as the state is important, as I felt abandon from the entire process. For either SSI counsel is lying and I have not been able to receive the second opinion based on welfare and health insurance, for this leaves me in the hands of my current doctor to try to find work. and again doesn’t make sense. To be diagnosed but not disable from two judgments saying. So I would like a response confirming a diagnosis doesn’t mean the potentiality of being disabled.

    • One thing is certain, what you are saying does not make any sense but this might not be due to a medically disabling condition.

          • Our blog — Social Security Matters — gives readers information about a variety of topics, including our programs, online services, current events, and human-interest stories, usually in greater detail than typically shared on our other social media platforms.
            Our blog encourages discussion and offers important retirement and disability-related solutions. While we welcome general participation from all of our followers, we ask all participants to please be considerate and polite to others when posting comments. Thank you for your support and for using our blog!

        • Sometimes tough talk is what’s needed. It is like tough love. Now tell me again how saying nothing helps. Since you are so brilliant, I challenge you to give Mr. Jernigan the information he needs.

      • I agree Snarky! I have read a number of questions. You seem to reply to most with snide comments and rude behavior. Please do us all a favor and not post until you’re not so grumpy!!!

    • You can apply for disability if you worked and ssi is if you never worked ! Call a ss office and ask them all your questions ! Good luck !

  3. I’m currently under a health condition where I feel constantly off balance, dizzy, and headaches occur whenever I move, due to these conditions I feel as though I am hindered under standard conditions of work. Four months have passed and I have been unemployed with no source of income; I had attempted to apply for disability benefits but have been declined. It has, and still is hard for me to find a job due to my condition; by chance does my situation apply to this program?

    • One thing is certain, what you are saying does not make any sense but this might not be due to a medically disabling condition.

    • Does your state not allow/help you with up to a minimum wage check? I know Oklahoma State as office allows you like a maximum of 730.00 a mo check if you are disabled or have absolutely no income. I do believe. Check this out in your state. If our we can support illegals from other Countries, we held have a plan on place for our own! Maybe it’s kept quiet? Just go & inquire! Don’t be a pansy or they might deny you!?!? 😛 Good luck!

    • Hello Hai, the Social Security Act sets out a strict definition for disability. We pay 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.
      For more information visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page on disability. Thanks!

    • Good luck i live in Indiana die oasis with copd,degenerate dis des had 2 heartatack 2 stints depression ,anxiety and my left leg is 1 inch shorter than right which over time has really meat up my hips,I got a 9th grade Ed as you can see form my spelling yet I have had a job secs I was 11 years old yes 11 years old iam now 56 and haven’t been able to work for over 5 years took me 5 years to get disability and now get 500.00 a month so this only works for some people,not for people like me yet year after year I had that much deducted out of my check a week well around the last 10 years it’s 1 lie after another, Good luck

  4. Thanks for posting about this great program! Ticket to Work has helped so many people and could help so many more!! Check out Twitter#ttwhelpedme

  5. I was disabled and notified social security with calls and pay stubs before trying a return to work while disabled. Successful return to work and Security is 4 years later forcing me to pay back the disability amounts they sent me while working-said I wasn’t off work long enough to qualify 4 years after the fact and while I am retired. I had multiple visits with pay stubs prior to receiving my first check and the whole time I received checks.

  6. I have not yet even received anything be that, for being
    retired, and or SSI BENEFITS. AM STILL WAITING OR HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR NEW MEDICARE CARD PART B THAT I ENROLLED THIS YEAR/FORGETTING THAT THREE MONTHS AFTER MY B-DAY LAST YR. WAS WHEN I SHOULD HAVE ENROLLED.(INCIDENTALLY, THAT CARD WAS IN MY WALLET THAT WAS STOLEN) ALSO DON’T HAVE MEDICARE PART A. ALSO PLS. LOOK INTO MY RETIREMENT BENEFITS(MONIES).

    THANK YOU.
    SUSAN LIM

    • Hello Susan. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

    • Hello Miguel. If you are having problems with your my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  7. Larry Dobie Sherrod Sr: 1201 N Harrison Street apt 522 Wilmington De 19806 larshe12@comcast.net phone 302 543 4667. not working. have a pension with diability federal gov. social security called me a dippgers took my money. need car home geico office. Sincerly Yours Larry Sr

    • Don’t put personal information on a public site. You could have your identity stolen. Also, no one from SS is going to answer your personal questions. Now there are those who feel my replies are snarky, when in fact I intend to embarrass people who for whatever their motive, say and do stupid things, placing themselves in jeopardy.

    • Just a reminder – We do not have access to personal information, therefore, we do not do direct messaging in this venue. Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media and communicating personal information via email.
      Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

  8. I am so thankful that I am of retiremnet age, I had a tramatic brain injury, now that I am 64 soon to be 65 in Nov I find pain in my head, very bad as I get older. Lights and normal noise are tough for me to deal with. Tough to sleep at night.

  9. Sorry but the that work for you guys they are not helping people to find jobs, I signed up almost three months and nobody contacted me about anything, I ask for training because I have not in 20 years but Im willing to try. Nobody wants to help

    • The ticket to work program is not designed to find people work but to help those who find work on their own and while on disability help them transition off of disability and onto the regular workforce. That is why no one bothered to answer you.

      • Our blog — Social Security Matters — gives readers information about a variety of topics, including our programs, online services, current events, and human-interest stories, usually in greater detail than typically shared on our other social media platforms. Our blog encourages discussion and offers important retirement and disability-related solutions. While we welcome general participation from all of our followers, we ask all participants to please be considerate and polite to others when posting comments.
        Thank you for your support and for using our blog.

  10. My brother is a 58 years old, new legal resident and a Pediatrician Pulmonologist Doctor with 28 years of experience in Colombia, S.A. He just came to USA on Feb 2017 as a full time student in the ESL program. On 2018 he started studying for the USMLE exams in order to get his American Medical license and could work as a Pediatrician Doctor. Unfortunately, on June 5th, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Two neurologist told him that he can not do a medical residency because the stress will speed the Parkinson. In addition he has Diabetes Type II. Could he being just a Georgia resident to get disability? He needs other 4 years to apply for citizenship.He is willing to work as a Doctor with the Hispanic Population. He already bought the social security’s quarters for 2017.

    • We are sorry to hear of your brother’s situation, Beatriz. When it comes to qualifying for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Income or SSDI program, individuals must have worked long enough–and recently enough–under Social Security to qualify for disability benefits.
      Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which you have to earn within the last 10 years before you become disabled.
      If you need further assistance, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.
      Thanks.

      • Mr. Snarky, I do not know what ASSociation you have with the Social Security office, IF ANY. BUTT, IF you were a BONAFIDE agent with my local S.S office, and you were the person that I had to speak to, for any questions/concerns I may have, I would be SO disgruntled with your attitude. I would have either 1) Contacted your superior IMMEDIATELY about our lack of compassion & hope to GOD that the PROPER actions were taken to make sure that you NEVER dealt with the public. OR 2) I might have said a few things that would have made me look like the Ignorant person that YOU are being. Either way, YOU seem to be a very SALTY person!! I’m thinking either you need to take a nap, or grab a snickers bar!! SMH in disgust!!

  11. What the heck do you mean if they want to work. There are jobs for many but why would they want to work when they can get assistance for doing nothing. I know of people who get disability that are perfectly capable but do not work.

  12. Hello, Well if I can still take my pain meds and if I could get a local job? I would be interested in going back to work. I can do almost any job, from auto body which I really don’t want to do any more? to wood working, scuba diving, flying a small plane, all kinds of sales and again almost any job, I’ve worked all my life in management in electronics, cell phones, auto body & sales, Major appliance sales and much more. So almost any management job??? Thank you Ronald.

    • Ronald, I do not mean to be rude, and from my own experience putting pain meds before an impressive resume’ as yours would be counter productive to your future. I wish you well

    • so true!!!- I have to look on my own for jobs as the voc rehab does not help in any way!!!!- all they want is for me to email a list of jobs I applied for. When I did that, Voc Rehab contacted a potential employer: outcome b/c of this: after my 3rd interview with said employer, the potential employer declined to hire me. Of course, I cannot prove they discriminated against me bc I am disabled, but going for 3 interviews, then my voc rehab counselor called them & they sent me an email … qualifications not met…… seriously, this was for a store cashier job!!! Voc Rehab hinders you when they tell potential employers you have a disability. Many employers do not give a crap about the low tax incentive they receive from the state by hiring a disabled person.
      Its a joke & I have worked 44 years.

  13. Dont do this people that lives on SSI DISABILITY…. they dont tell you the truth at all. Now I’m in debt to the SSI for $3,000. And now I’m in another dead to the SSI from this year. And you ought to see what I have left over to live on. The government doesn’t care about us. And they’re all a cahoot together with the food stamps and SSI.

    • There is a lot of misinformation out there. That is why I give people tough answers. First of all, SSI is a welfare program administered by the SS Administration. Your payment amount is based upon need. The ticket to work program does not give you a pass. Any work activity in which you receive payment (wages) over $65.00 a month affects your benefits, usually 2 months later. Unearned income such as a small pension affects your payments dollar for dollar except for the first $20.00. Of course, the same income affects other programs such as food stamps. This is why you find yourself in the hole for $3000.00. It is not that you were not told the truth, the rules can be complex and easily misunderstood,

  14. I just started receiving benefits on ssdi can I still work part time and not lose benefits if so how much can I make and how long can I receive benefits while working part time?

    • Rather than repeat myself over and over, call 800-7721213. Tell them you are on SSI and to send you pamphlets about how work activity affects your monthly check.

    • Hello Jim, 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.
      Our publication “Working While Disabled — How We Can Help” provides more important information. We hope this helps!

  15. What about things like hearing aids can social security help with those I just tried going back to work but I need hearings I have already tried the Ga. Lion’s foundation they are still to high 520.00 which is hard to come up with and all the other bills
    Mary F Ray. rayfrances4@gmail.com
    706 537 7684

  16. Are we getting an adjustment but in our ss
    Because of being autied if they made the mistakes why do they not just go over records and send people their money look how many people don’t know about this I want my share
    *** – ** – ***

  17. THere was a message when I opened this that the answers were: No thanks and remind me later. I hit the no thanks but I really wanted to hit the remind me later and I could not pull it up again. Please change my answer for me. Thanks

  18. I believe disabled or not everyone must have a balance in life,I tried to reach out to ticket to work,made appointment,went to orientation,I asked for rehabilitation in vocational training ,I need a trade an interest in something,I was told by a counselor there,that only jobs were recommended to all applicants,there was no kind of vocational training available,I suffer from mental illness depression and bipolar disorders,she made me look crazy in front of all the office workers,I did not appreciate that at all,very unprofessional,shame on her. If rehabilitation in vocational training is beighn offered ,I would love to hear about it.thank you sirs

    • We apologize for how poorly you were treated by this counselor, Arturo. We have referred your complaint to our Operations staff to follow up and to take corrective action as necessary. To submit your comment or a formal complaint, you can write to us or send us an email message.
      We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  19. I’ve been on Social Security Disability since 2010 I have bipolar 1 disorder anxiety disorder chronic pain I have trouble focusing concentrating and remembering things I was wondering about this ticket to work but I’m so scared to do something because I don’t want to lose what I need Medicaid Medicare benefits my food stamps my check most of all I don’t know what to do I would like to try something but I’m scared of losing because it says on that ticket to work that if you weren’t you can lose your you lose your cash benefits and time and I’m not paralyzed or anything like that I’m just I’m just very ill mentally but it would be maybe help me more I’m 55 years old a widower as of March I would maybe like to try this ticket to work I’ve heard of it but I don’t know anything I don’t have no education cuz of spinal meningitis bacterial that I had when I was 18 gave me this condition and I haven’t been able to work since I’ve always depended on a man I’m crying here what do I do

  20. I am a 55 yr women who have what my orthopedic doctor called it frozen shoulder, from working at high pace box factory. I worked there for just shy of 15 years and my last year was very painful to do my job in Putnam Connecticut. I have been to a orthopedic doctor who says I have a frozen shoulder . Before I went to the orthopedic doctor I did try another job and it caused shoulder pain so I quit my job . I have looked at other places but they include also more shoulder use. I am a diabetic also and I am 55 now with minor memory loss

  21. If you have earned more than the cap for a few months on and off over the years, does the clock every restart. I thought I read somewhere that the 10 month maximum that after 60 months, the clock is reset. I’m afraid to try short-term work — health permitting every once an awhile.

  22. I cannot find info about returning to a part time job. Have a job interview and what do I say for pay scale like how much can I earn without loseing my monthly SSDI check.

  23. After 30 years of mostly construction a on the job injury I had to retire and was awarded SSDI. I want to return to a part time job in another field, How much can I earn and not lose my monthly SSDI check? Thanks hope to hear from you

    • Hello Mark. 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. Please read our publication “Working While Disabled: How We Can Help“. Thanks!

  24. my names mehidal amarree hassan i am big probleme in my arrival to united stade please help my social security numper is *** – ** – *** helpful mass stade

  25. I am on Social Security disability and I’ve been on so scared disability since 2001. I live in Mesa Arizona now. I am interested in the ticket to work program however I would like to find my own job. I’ve been applying for federal jobs through USA jobs. If I get selected for one of those jobs can I use it as a ticket to work? Can you explain that a little better to me please?

  26. also, why did social security disability lower my monthly benefits due to a workmans compensation litigation settlement that was agreed to by both parties in December, 2017. – What is wrong with social security??? I needed this settlement money to live on!!!- I have bills to pay as no one else is going to come & pay them for me.!!!
    Social Security Disability is a bunch of crap- I worked for 44 years & unfortunately, am unable to work @ during my golden years due to unforeseen injury -none that I wished be handed to me…. So Mr. Ray Fernandez, why is SS lowering my disability payments monthly by $200.00??? – it is really obnoxious what they do!!!

    • Hello Mary, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page on how workers’ compensation or other public disability benefits can affect your Social Security disability benefits. For further assistance, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  27. I am trying to find help for my situation I am raising my two grandchildren and have been out of work since May 26th I was just wondering if there’s any kind of Social Security help I could get if so please let me know I’m in dire need I’ve something to catch my bills up and take care of the children

    • Hello Denise. Under current law, Social Security can only pay benefits to grandchildren if certain conditions are met. Generally, the biological parents of the child must be deceased or disabled, or the grandchild must be legally adopted by the grandparent. See “Benefits For Grandchildren” for more information.
      Some individuals may be eligible to receive assistance from the state where they live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. You can also visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information.
      We hope this helps!

  28. I have been trying to get ahold of Allen for 2 weeks about reporting wages. I need to know how to deduct for bus passes purchased and if I can deduct for driving him to Holland for his jobs at Hope Network and Herman Miller.

  29. I am receiving less income than normal since I am on medical disability (since June). This article says I should tell SS when something like this happens but I don’t know how to “tell” you. Is there a phone number or web site that I should use

    • Hello Kathleen. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. One of our agents should be able to provide you with proper guidance in regards to reporting your “income”. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks!

  30. Very Interesting. I wrote two letters prior to this note and I am looking forward to receiving a reply.
    I am 87 years old and hurt my back several years ago.
    I worked many years including years in my 70’s.
    I had two hip replacements. One in 1989 and the
    second in 1991. Then my knee replacement in 2008.
    I WOULD BE HAPPY TO WORK if someone will hire me but nobody wants to hire an 87 year old.
    I receive $58 per month worth of Food. I use that amount
    in less than two weeks.
    Needless to say, I need much more than I earn or at least qualify for. Who ever receives this, please give it
    to the executive in charge of approving monthly payments or can find me a job working from home or at a desk in someone’s office. THANK YOU
    JOSEPH MASSA

  31. I’m a 64 year old individual who has been receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits since 2007. I’ll be 66 on January 3, 2020. If I were to find some type of employment that would accommodate my disability what is the process to follow without jeopardizing my SSDI?
    A visit to a local office was not helpful with an answer. And a phone call to Social Security provided me with the following:
    1. A recommendation that I sign up or learn about the Ticket to Work program.
    2. A description of the process without Ticket to Work is simply reporting my work to Social Security. All I would do is call the same number that I called and report that I was working. I’m not sure but that seemed to be what I would do if I found employment and I wasn’t participating in the Without Ticket to Work program.
    In any case, what are income limits? It’s hard to distinguish between two shown online. One is $1150 and the other $850

    • Hi there. Thank you for your question. Social Security has special rules that make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments. These are called work incentives.

      For SSDI beneficiaries, there is a Trial Work Period (TWP) and then an Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE). The TWP allows you to test your ability to work for at least 9 months. During this period, you will receive your full disability benefit regardless of how much you earn as long as your work activity is reported and you continue to have a disabling impairment. In 2018, any month in which earnings exceed $850 is considered a month of the 9-month trial work period.

      Once you’ve completed your TWP, you get a 36-month safety net called the EPE. During the EPE, you get benefits for all months your earnings or work activities are below the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level as long as you continue to have a disabling impairment. Social Security will suspend cash benefits for months earnings are over SGA and start benefits again if earnings fall below the SGA level. In 2018, you are earning SGA if your earnings, after any allowable deductions, are more than $1,180 in a month.

      See Social Security’s Red Book for descriptions of the many work incentives.

  32. I’m a 64 year old individual who has been receiving Social security Disability Insurance benefits since 2007. I’ll be 66 on January 3, 2020. If I were to find some type of employment that would accommodate my disability what is the process to follow without jeopardizing my SSDI?
    A visit to a local office was not helpful with an answer. And a phone call to Social Security provided me with the following:
    1. A recommendation that I sign up or learn about the Ticket to Work program.
    2. A description of the process without Ticket to Work is simply reporting my work to Social Security. All I would do is call the same number that I called and report that I was working. I’m not sure but that seemed to be what I would do if I found employment and I wasn’t participating in the Without Ticket to Work program.

  33. Hell,
    Can a person receiving SSI obtain part -time employment? If so how much can he/she make monthly before they are considered not eligible for SSI payments?

    • Hi Herman: The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs based program that gives cash assistance to individuals who are age 65 or older, blind or disabled, with limited income and resources. Because the monthly amount of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit is based, in part, on the income available to you, it is important to report your work timely and have your pay stubs and report your wages monthly to prevent an overpayment. See Reporting Wages When You Receive Supplemental Security Income for more information.

  34. What if I am on social security, which I am, and I am still working part time, which I am, and I become disabled, will my benefits increase?

  35. A friend of mine had back surgery and is unable to work. I don’t understand all the circumstances cause she had insurance from her job that she paid for while working. There was also a settlement with Met Life of a smalll amount but not enough to sustain her life in to her 80’s (so she claims). She gets disability from SS. Can she still work? I can’t stand that she doesn’t leave her house other than to shop for food, and run small errands. This will kill her alone withdrawing from the world. Can you help me to understand? Will she be penalized and benefits taken away if she works? Do they look at her Networth of her monies she is receiving?? Is it because she got a settlement from an insurance company that was settled out of court?? Is that what they use to gage if she can work? I’m sure there is some kind of formula, rule or law. She is in her late 50’s. Thank you.
    Looking forward to hearing from you. I would like to see her come to life again and be the person I used to know.
    Sincerely

  36. Thank you for this website.
    I have hearing loss that requires me to wear hearing aides. I still work to made ends meet. The company provides equipment to help me do my job, how disabled do I need to show for disability assistance ?

  37. I’d like to speak with someone to ask questions about working while disabled. Specifically, continued education and maintaining medicare. I do not work now because I would not have medical treatment which I require. I need a call with a real person to discuss. My number is +1 510.219.2710.

  38. Hi my name is Keith Berryman and I work for the Dallas Lighthouse for the blind and visually impaired. I have applied several times for disability. I am legally blind. But my case worker told me I am not legally blind. I can’t drive a car anymore and I can’t go to movies and I have someone help me with walking at night . I Signed papers for the state and federal government stating that I’m legally blind to the Dallas lighthouse they sent me to a doctor that said I’m legally blind. There are a lot of people here that aren’t on disability that should be. I hope you can help us out.
    Sincerely
    Keith Berryman

  39. I got approved for SSA and i got my first payment in Aug 2019 but haven’t received my back payment and every thing is done I need my money my na.e is Gloria J Boyd

  40. I’m not getting enough to make it I have 2 children to help support. $627 a month is not enough for me. Please help I have epilepsy chronic kidney disease and a soft bone disease.

  41. I am on Social Security and have worked since I was 18 years old. I have recently become sick and unable to work and need to supplement my income. What or who can I contact to find employment. I am 78 and still able to do something to help myself. I have a friend that receives Disability from Social Security and she is really not disabled and could work but refuses to try to do anything, would rather live off the government. I lost my job on 02/28/2018 and no one will hire me due to my age, I am afraid of being homeless and having to live on the street without my Medicare which I need for my disease. (Wegener’s Granulomatosis w/polyanglitis is what I was diagnosed with last August 2017) Please send me what information you have that will assist me.

  42. I have reduced my hours due to intense 8-10 level of pain and barely able to work .I make under 1000.00 a month and I changed positions withen my employment three times they are veven willing to write a letter to support me and show how debilitating it is for me.I also lost my healthcare and can no longer afford my back specialist.Can I file for disability?

    • Hello Diana, the Social Security Act sets out a strict definition for disability. We pay 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 as soon as they become disabled. You can apply online, which is quick and easy. You can also apply by calling our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or you can contact your local Social Security office directly.
      For more information visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page on disability. Thanks!

  43. I am partly disabled and only able to work 40 hours a week can social security help me with extra income while partly disable, I have been partly disabled for over a year.

  44. Hello I have been out of work since September 9th due to my Apes back surgery I am still not able to go back to work and have no income coming in I’m losing things fast is there any way that I can pull my social security disability that I’ve paid in this far in my life

    • Hello Tracy. The Social Security Act sets out a strict definition for disability. We pay 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.
      See “What We Mean By Disability” for more information.
      You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. If you are ready to apply now, you can apply online. Thanks!

  45. Why am I not allowed to receive disability just because I’m 71years old?
    I stopped working September 22, 2018, because I had Spinal Surgery September 24, 2018. I will be out of work for at least a year. I was still paying SSI and CA Disability.
    WHERE IS MY HELP, NOW, THAT I NEED IT??
    What can you do for me to help me pay my rent, my car payment, my everyday bills?
    WHY CAN’T I GET DISABILITY????
    Respectfully
    Joan Karr
    kachr922@aol.com

    • Under current law, if a person has reached his or her full retirement age (Currently 66) and is receiving Social Security retirement, they will not be eligible for disability benefits. Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries attain their full retirement age. Benefits are not interrupted with this transition and the benefit amount will generally remains the same.

  46. Ive done a disability claim back in june of 2017 that was denied twice once in november of 2017 so i appealed it and once in February of 2018 and i put in for a hearing right after that so about a week or 2 later i recieve a(n) letter stating that it’ll take up to 75 days for me to be notified the time and date that I’ll have to appear in court but every since that letter i havent recieved any info on it since that letter back in February. Its now oct and still nothing. Ive been diagnoised with HIV, Depression,anxiety, OCD and mild case of bipolar(Mood swings).and i was diagnosed with these back in mid 2017..i was admitted for suicidal action nd thoughts because of my status and conditions. Ive called,emailed and checked the status on their website and still nothing. Since then my condition has worsened since.

  47. For the Love of Christ please allow my case to be heard I have waited a year and I am watching attics all around me get approved left and right are you serious I can’t even go out of my house my name is Sherry l truscello I cannot survive like this I have no one to help me please

  48. I previously worked at Sam’s Club in Gilbert, AZ until I suffered a reported monor Stroke more than 18 months ago (March 2017). I need and am able to return to work thus returning to the work field. My question to you is as to how many hour a week and funds I am able to make while on Disability.. At this point, CROSSMARK only has one or two days a week available for work at $10.75/hr totaling 12 hrs. and this is well under the SSA allotment. My attorney, Dennis Kavanaugh informed me last week that I may work no more than 18-24 hrs and no more than three or four days per week to be well under the allotment set by SSA and still be considered for Disability which is currently set for a hearing by a Disability Judge.. Please advise me either via 602.751.1991 or mgaul2@cox.net. Who do I contact at SSA. once rehired by the workforce regarding the amount of reported hrs/money. I appreciate any assistance. Thank You.

    • Thank you for your question, Michael. 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 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 specific questions, you may call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Or contact your local office directly. Thanks!

    • Hello Richard. You can apply for Disability Benefits before you reach your full retirement age. Disability payments are established at the highest rate possible, meaning you could get a higher monthly benefit amount. We can continue paying your retirement benefits while we consider your application and wait for a medical decision.
      If a person has reached his or her full retirement age (Currently 66) and is receiving Social Security retirement, they will not be eligible for disability benefits.
      We pay 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.
      In addition to meeting our definition of disability, you must have worked long enough–and recently enough–under Social Security to qualify for disability benefits.
      For more information and to see if you should apply for disability benefits, we urge you to call us at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and ask one of our representatives to assist you. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week.
      We hope this information helps you.

  49. Trying for disability after years on the books.paying taxes. How do I find out approximate monthly check once approved?

  50. ,My name is Michael Nelson I’ve been out of work for two years due to my ongoing illness and was unable to work during the time I haven’t received no income or any direction on what to do is there help for me that I can’t go back to work soon I would ask if I can get any kind of Direction on what to do about my situation

    • Hi Maury, thank you for your question. Social Security has special rules that make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments. These are called work incentives.

      For SSDI beneficiaries, there is a Trial Work Period (TWP) and then an Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE). The TWP allows you to test your ability to work for at least 9 months. During this period, you will receive your full disability benefit regardless of how much you earn as long as your work activity is reported and you continue to have a disabling impairment. In 2018, any month in which earnings exceed $850 is considered a month of the 9-month trial work period.

      Once you’ve completed your TWP, you get a 36-month safety net called the EPE. During the EPE, you get benefits for all months your earnings or work activities are below the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level as long as you continue to have a disabling impairment. Social Security will suspend cash benefits for months earnings are over SGA and start benefits again if earnings fall below the SGA level. In 2018, you are earning SGA if your earnings, after any allowable deductions, are more than $1,180 in a month.

      See Social Security’s Red Book for descriptions of the many work incentives.

  51. I was receiving SSDI due to a work related injury. When I was let go from my employment and no longer working, I started to receive straight SSI. I was not making enough to even pay for an apartment, and last Nov I had to go back to work.
    Now I am having severe back and leg pain, and have been out of work for the past two weeks. I also see an orthopedic specialist every six months for a gel injection in my right knee.

    Recently I received a letter telling me that as of Jan 2019 I would be losing my Extra Help with Part D.

    I can not afford to quit work and physically having a difficult time. Can you give me some advice on my options?

    • Thank you for contacting us, Elaine. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you.

      For details regarding your extra help and disability benefits, you will have to contact your local office or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  52. Been on disability for many years and haven’t worked since 2009 looking to work from home without interfering with my SSA benefit but need more income to help pay my bills, will work as required…please help me deal with this situation…

    • Hi Timothy. You can try to return to work while receiving Social Security disability benefits. We have special rules to help you get back to work without jeopardizing your benefits. You can learn more about how work can affect your benefits by reading our publication, “Working while Disabled- How We Can Help”.
      Keep in mind that whether you are receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income, it is important to let us know promptly when you start or stop working, or if any other change occurs that could affect your benefits. For specific questions and to report changes and update your benefit records, please contact your local office or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We hope this helps.

  53. If I took early retirement back when I was 62 and then I started working again and now I have trouble walking could I get disability and 73 years old

    • Hello Elizabeth. Under current law, if a person has reached his or her full retirement age (Currently 66) and is receiving Social Security retirement, they will not be eligible for disability benefits. Thanks.

  54. I don’t understand all your rules and all your new changes how am i to understand what the hell to do so i stopped going to doctors. so few will take medicare as you know they want more money and i have to eat so i guess this is how it ends thanx.

    • Hello Spencer. Please visit the Medicare website to learn about programs available to assist people with low income pay for Medicare expenses. These programs may help you save money on medical and drug costs.
      Many states also have programs to help with Medicare payments. You can find out about them by calling your State Medical Assistance Office. To get the local phone number, call the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at 1-800-633-4227 (TTY, 1-877-486-2048). Thanks!

  55. I have a question. One thing many people have asked is what happens when we reach full retirement age. I get that as if now when 66 our disability benefits become retirement benefits. My question is what about the part of my benefits that are based on my age & disability (adult child) changed to survivors when my mother passed. Does that also become retirement benefits.
    Thank you.
    Robin Brodkin

  56. I have been having a hard time paying my bills and need a few more dollars a month. I have a bad hip and a broken foot, not to mention seven or so other problems. Is there anything I can do to help my situation.

  57. Can anyone tell me where I can find the rules or regulations regarding when disability benefits owed before your claim was approved are. I just was approved in 2018 and qualified for benefits back to 2016. I keep getting different answers from the representatives I talk to.

  58. I’m very much intertested in this. I’m a 56 year old woman and have had MS for 32 years and am wheelchair restricted.

    • Hi Suzan. We pay disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have worked long enough and recently enough in jobs covered by Social Security (usually within the last 10 years). The (SSI) program is a needs based program that gives cash assistance to disabled individuals with limited income and resources. We pay 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. If you think you may be eligible to receive disability benefits and would like to apply, you can use our online application.

      Applying online for disability benefits offers several advantages:
      • You can start your disability claim immediately. There is no need to wait for an appointment.
      • You can apply from the convenience of your home, or on any computer; and
      • You can avoid trips to a Social Security office, saving you time and money.

      If you are unable to file online, please call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday to make an appointment. For more information visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page on disability. Thanks!

  59. I want to go back to school (college). But need gov’t financial help/grants/FASFA. Can someone please explain to me the process before I’m too late to enroll. Want to work but my disabilities hinder me at times. PLEASE HELP Me and my family.

  60. Thank you for an excellent article. I believe a
    A portion of those which are receiving S.S.I/S.S.D.I. is shrouded by a myth that they will lose Medicare/Medicaid if they work. With such fear, the will read the details and see a sentence which etches a bias on the article’s message(s). In other words, if they do not understand how going to work affects their benefits, they should call S.S.A and ask them. If two of the three representatives tell them the same effect, then the representatives should send that section in the rules, codes, and regulations. I do not know if they can ask them a close-ended question. or leading question. If they can lift the spirit of working again outside of the call, then this would be an effective way of giving the caller the will to dig deeper so the caller can be certain of the benefits of working again. Most importantly, like most issues, subjects, and places, once a person researches the issue at hand.they end up saying,” wow, I did not know that this was the reason for that; wait till I tell Bob; Oh I better not; they will laugh at me”. This article reminds me of one day in High School when the teacher showed how a rumor got started. The principal slipped and broke his leg on the ice and this was witnessed by two students. Three months later The story was that the principal broke his leg from a car accident that totaled all three vehicles involved in the accident, which occurred three days later. Understanding that this was a small high school of 156 students, most of the students saw the principal drive the same car before the accident and there was not a blemish on the car. For some reason, the rumor kept on perpetuating even after the perpetrators saw his car in fine shape. The rumor was the truth, and the non-scratched car did not trigger any disbelief. In other words, if we can lift the myths and rumors that surround working while on S.S.I/S.S.D. by using a clever and well-executed operation, then we can bring down the unconscious barriers and blinders that surround the notion of, ” working while on ‘public’ assistance’ is a bad idea. I apologize for the quick comment. I hope you can follow the theme. Important personal matters should thoroughly be researched by those interested in those matters rather than asking yourself, your friend, or simply overhearing a reason for something and saying to yourself,” that must be the reason. Jeez, it sounds like everything I believe so far, so it must be true.” FIND THE REAL REASON CAMPAIGN”; “how”; ” Well there are three websites that we have dedicated to answering myths and rumor.’
    All we ask is that you read how the rumor was spread incorrectly about the rumor. Well I am just brainstorming

  61. I’d love to work, but I got screwed on my medicare I tried to get a extended plan, ended up with a replacement. And I wanted a doctor a days surgeon that was 50 or older with military training that knows pain management. No I got a dumb kid in his 30s that couldn’t hit the nerve that needed killed. Now I have scoliosis and walk with a limp can’t stand on my feet for more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time I might get lucky and I walk for 30 minutes now you tell me that you’re actually helping us I think you people are full of s***. It’s just a money game I’m a Tradesman I got 11 trades under my belt. A card for all of them I use them everyday when I can f****** work can’t have nothing in my bank then I get. So all I do is just sit on my ass and hurt so what you going to do about that they sent me to a Goddamn to shrink yeah funny thing is he studied all that Freud s*** child molester womanizer cocaine addict and he’s trying to tell me how to run my life is b******* now you got my two cents my opinion how to make it day today thank God for my neighbors that are older than me I help them out there are fixed incomes to give me money to buy parts for their cars trucks and it shows up on my deposits as an income I’m screwed again now how do we fix that s*** yeah you’re really there to help us thanks f****** Obama’s goddamn Obamacare anybody over 60 years old as in pain or incurable disease make them feel better till I die and is opiate b******* that’s just cuz God damn doctors won’t teach how to take over 7 days and give them enough for 12 days cut in half so that go through withdrawals and I think that’s just another way God trying to get rid of overpopulation on this Earth we got too many people on it two thirds of need to be f****** wiped out then we might have something pharmaceutical companies on FDA since 1992 Obama puts his stupid people in there for natural cures that could be cured like answers different diseases like that oh yeah it’s all hidden yeah you want my opinion I’ll survive without you

  62. Im on SSI bc I recirved s kidney aftet 3 urs of dialisis. It ends soon nut I will not be able to afford my med,for YHE REST OF MY LIFE. Im afraid bc I have real bad anxiety attacks that haplen when I least expect them. I also feel like I have PTSD with my past of being molestef from 4yrs by my biological fathe. Then my mom divorced when I was 8 yrs old and my step father started thevsame thing. My mom didnt do anything about it and it haunts me today, ive been with the best man ove ever met in my life and i dont want to so sex bc I wrny forever not doing it, what will happen? Will I qualufy for Medicade?

    • Hi Laura. Great question! Once you reach your full retirement age, we automatically convert your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to become retirement benefits. However, your benefit amount and Medicare coverage will relatively remain the same. Your full retirement age is determined by your year of birth. To determine your full retirement age, visit our Retirement Age Calculator web page. We hope this helps.

  63. I tried to work, but it only lasted 6 most because of my back. I’m looking for work from home jobs now, but it is difficult because I do not have a computer

  64. It has been a huge challenge returning to work or even holding down a job for long periods of time since becoming disabled, I thought it was somewhat biased because my mental and physical disability is not visible.

    I’ve had tried the ticket to work program only to be miss informed by those advocating for me; and ended up earning more than is allowed by SSA causing more mental and physical hardships.

    I would like balance in my relationship with Social Security and any income that I make…

  65. I believe a 9-month trial work period was applied to my application for disability at the time of my hearing in 2008.

    The Judge ruled that I am 100% disabled.

    Am I allowed to have a second 9-month work trial period now or is a person only eligible for one work trial period?

    Lynda Jacobsen
    Social: xxx-xx-1341

  66. How do we make sure this is a webpage that is safe to click on the links. With all the “hacking” and identity theft going on, I’m not sure what is safe.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Betty, thank you for using our blog to ask your question. Links, logos, or pictures in the body of an official Social Security email will always direct you to an official Social Security website. Rather than relying on the way a link looks, please follow these steps to confirm a link’s authenticity:
      ◦To verify the web address of a link or picture, hover over it with your mouse until a text box appears with the web address. This is the actual address you will be directed to and it should always end in “.gov/” A forward slash should always follow the “.gov” domain.
      ◦Example – https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/
      ◦Links to the official Social Security website will always begin with https://www.socialsecurity.gov/ or https://secure.ssa.gov/.

      Click HERE for more on Internet Phishing.

    • Hi Debbie, thank you for your question. Social Security has special rules that make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments. These are called work incentives.

      For SSDI beneficiaries, there is a Trial Work Period (TWP) and then an Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE). The TWP allows you to test your ability to work for at least 9 months. During this period, you will receive your full disability benefit regardless of how much you earn as long as your work activity is reported and you continue to have a disabling impairment. In 2018, any month in which earnings exceed $850 is considered a month of the 9-month trial work period.

      Once you’ve completed your TWP, you get a 36-month safety net called the EPE. During the EPE, you get benefits for all months your earnings or work activities are below the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level as long as you continue to have a disabling impairment. Social Security will suspend cash benefits for months earnings are over SGA and start benefits again if earnings fall below the SGA level. In 2018, you are earning SGA if your earnings, after any allowable deductions, are more than $1,180 in a month.

      See Social Security’s Red Book for descriptions of the many work incentives.

  67. If I decide to work, how much can I make per month so my benefits will not be affected? Can you tell me the exact amount? Thx

    • Hi Linda, thank you for your question. Social Security has special rules that make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments. These are called work incentives.

      For SSDI beneficiaries, there is a Trial Work Period (TWP) and then an Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE). The TWP allows you to test your ability to work for at least 9 months. During this period, you will receive your full disability benefit regardless of how much you earn as long as your work activity is reported and you continue to have a disabling impairment. In 2018, any month in which earnings exceed $850 is considered a month of the 9-month trial work period.

      Once you’ve completed your TWP, you get a 36-month safety net called the EPE. During the EPE, you get benefits for all months your earnings or work activities are below the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level as long as you continue to have a disabling impairment. Social Security will suspend cash benefits for months earnings are over SGA and start benefits again if earnings fall below the SGA level. In 2018, you are earning SGA if your earnings, after any allowable deductions, are more than $1,180 in a month.

      See Social Security’s Red Book for descriptions of the many work incentives.

    • Hi Frances. We pay disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have worked long enough and recently enough in jobs covered by Social Security (usually within the last 10 years). The (SSI) program is a needs based program that gives cash assistance to disabled individuals with limited income and resources. We pay 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. If your husband thinks he may be eligible to receive disability benefits and would like to apply, he can use our online application.

      Applying online for disability benefits offers several advantages:
      • You can start your disability claim immediately. There is no need to wait for an appointment.
      • You can apply from the convenience of your home, or on any computer; and
      • You can avoid trips to a Social Security office, saving you time and money.

      If unable to file online, your husband can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday to make an appointment. For more information visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page on disability. Thanks!

    • Hi Faithe, thank you for your question. Social Security has special rules that make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments. These are called work incentives.

      For SSDI beneficiaries, there is a Trial Work Period (TWP) and then an Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE). The TWP allows you to test your ability to work for at least 9 months. During this period, you will receive your full disability benefit regardless of how much you earn as long as your work activity is reported and you continue to have a disabling impairment. In 2018, any month in which earnings exceed $850 is considered a month of the 9-month trial work period.

      Once you’ve completed your TWP, you get a 36-month safety net called the EPE. During the EPE, you get benefits for all months your earnings or work activities are below the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level as long as you continue to have a disabling impairment. Social Security will suspend cash benefits for months earnings are over SGA and start benefits again if earnings fall below the SGA level. In 2018, you are earning SGA if your earnings, after any allowable deductions, are more than $1,180 in a month.

      Go to Social Security’s Red Book for descriptions of the many work incentives.

  68. i am now retired, however, was on SSI disability, until you guys told me that since I was 65 years young, that I would have to start my SSI retirement. I am not making it on SSI retirement, so I need to go back to work. I have Parkinson, I don’t have tremors, I have what is called freezing of gate, and my handwriting is not legible. How can you help me get a part time job? I worked many years as an executive assistant. thank you.

  69. if i have been denied disability benefits…can i get a part time job while i wait for the appeal process? I need the money to survive but i am only capable of working part time because of my disability…and i’m not sure i can even do that. will my ability to work part time disqualify me from getting an approval for disability? I can’t afford to have no income while i wait. My disability is on your list of accepted medical conditions for disability and i was sure i would be approved and am in shock that i wasn’t. so i have to do something to keep from ending up on the streets.

    • Hello Claudia. 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.
      Visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page for more information. Thanks!

  70. I am recieving SSD. My disability prevents me from doing the work I used to. I still need to do something to earn enought to pay my medicare. I still drive and am doing so on a limited bais for Lyft. What do I need to do? I would like to weigh my options.

  71. This is really interesting if not contradictory to the facts. My Disabled Adult Son [34 yoa], who has been disabled since birth, as a result of numerous birth defects, has been denied SSDI 6 times. He was denied benefits at the age of 5, and systematically denied elegibility due to his parents income. He has been to vocational training, encouraged to apply for SSDI in TN only to be denied because he can read, walk and push a broom. He has worked for a grocery chain now for 13 years, earning no more than 10.75 per hour [averaging approx. 30 hrs. per week], not a living wage. He lives at home, does not drive, is visually and hearing impaired, cannot support himself outside of home, receives approximately 90% of his support from his eldery parents, who are his legal guardian, and does not qualify for SSDI not has ever been suggested that there were other alternatives for him. He does not and has never received federal benefits [Medicaid, Medicare, SSi or SSDI] of any kind. Only because I am a federal annuitant is he covered by my federal health benefits, and if it weren’t for that he would have no medical coverage at all. He does have the privilege of working side by side with others, who are also disabled but receive SSI or SSDI monthly, as they qualified for benefits years ago. Those individuals receive more in SSI/SSDi benefits than he does working. I am writing this only because I have found the system to be so contradictory in so many ways. As a former federal criminal investigator working the border, I watched the system provide benefits for illegal immigrants, criminals and their families, who never worked a day or paid a dollar in federal income tax and were paroled into the US, while their beloved criminal family member was serving time in a federal prison for a variety of criminal activity, primarily drug smuggling. Furthermore, adding insult to injury, I have to take a significant reduction in my earned SS Retirement benefits due to the federal offset;and because my son has worked and earned enough quarters to qualify for SS Retirement Benefits, when he can retire, he does not qualify for either my benefit or my spouses benefit. Can you explain the fairness in this flawed system. I think NOT!

    • Hello Sam. You’re correct! A person’s living arrangements, income, and resources can affect their eligibility to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, if your son has been working and paying into Social Security, he may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits or SSDI.
      Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which you have to earn within the last 10 years before you become disabled, but the requirement may change according to the individual’s age at time of filing.
      Keep in mind, a person who is earning more than a certain monthly amount is ordinarily considered to be engaging in what we refer to as: Substantial Gainful Activity or SGA.
      See Code of Federal Regulations—Disability Insured Status and our Frequently Asked Questions web page on disability for more information.
      You should continue working with your local Social Security office. You can request to speak with the manager if necessary, but our technicians will be able to review your son’s situation and provide further guidance.
      If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks.

  72. As a retired Career Tech High School teacher, it makes me proud to read the positive approach that was used on this site. I tried very hard as a teacher to instill in my students the importance of developing a good work ethic and selecting and training for a vocation in which you are PASSIONATE! Not only are you happier in your work, but it helps on days when you just don’t even want to get out of bed because it’s cold or raining, etc. I also made every student accountable for their own actions. We explored many areas of all types of careers. For example, we didn’t just study nursing as a career. Today a nurse is not JUST a nurse. There are as many specialists in that field as their are specialties for physicians. I encouraged my students to volunteer for work in several areas of interest. Many have done this, gone to college and come back to be hired by the same company and have had quickly advanced to executive positions. There’s nothing that makes me happier than to see a former student who approaches me, tells me how much they enjoyed my class and the extra time we took researching careers, how people comment their good work ethic and just, in general, how happy they are in their work because I cared. Kudos to the writer of this article as YOU have realized that adults also need positive reinforcement.

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