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FAQ about SSA’s Ticket to Work program

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The Social Security Administration has long recognized the importance of supporting individuals with disabilities in their efforts to re-enter the workforce. In fact, the SSA reports that roughly 30% of people getting SSDI have a job.

One of the key initiatives to aid in this goal is the Ticket to Work program. As someone looking to understand or take advantage of this program, you might have several questions about it.

What Is The Ticket To Work Program?

The Ticket to Work program is a free program provided by the SSA. It aims to assist individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits in finding and maintaining employment. By offering various services and resources, the program supports beneficiaries in their transition back to work.

Who Is Eligible For The Ticket To Work Program?

If you are between the ages of 18 and 64 and currently receive SSDI or SSI benefits due to a disability, you qualify for the Ticket to Work program. Participation is completely voluntary, so you decide if and when you wish to use the program.

How Does This Program Benefit Participants?

The Ticket to Work program provides access to a network of service providers, including employment networks and vocational rehabilitation agencies. These providers offer a range of services, from resume writing to job training and placement. Additionally, while you participate and make timely progress in the program, the SSA will not conduct medical reviews, providing a layer of security as you transition to work.

Does Returning To Work Mean Losing Disability Benefits Immediately?

No. The SSA designed the Ticket to Work program to ensure that you can test your ability to work without immediately losing your benefits. There are specific rules, like the Trial Work Period, that allow you to work and still receive full SSDI benefits. After certain thresholds, the SSA might make adjustments, but the program offers multiple protections and stages to ease the transition.

What If I Need To Stop Working?

If your condition worsens or you can no longer work for any reason, there are provisions in place to help you reinstate benefits without a new application. This ensures that you have a safety net if you decide to return to work but find out later that you cannot sustain it.

With its variety of services and safeguards, The Ticket to Work program represents the SSA’s commitment to empowering beneficiaries to achieve greater independence through work. As you navigate your personal journey, remember that this program is there to assist and support you every step of the way.

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