What is the Your Ticket to Work Program?

What is the Your Ticket to Work Program?

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In order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you have to prove that you are no longer able to work due to your disability. However, in many cases that doesn’t mean that you’ll never be able to work again. In fact, the Social Security Administration has a program that you can join called Your Ticket to Work that can help you join the workforce again despite your disabilities.

About the Your Ticket to Work Program

Although many people collect disability payments because they are no longer able to perform their previous job, few people enjoy being able to live off of those disability benefits. Many people enjoyed what they did for work, and many people would prefer not to be dependent on a government program to make ends meet. They want to be financially independent.

The Your Ticket to Work program helps such individuals to rejoin the workforce despite their disability. It is a free and voluntary program that can help you to:

  • Decide whether you want to rejoin the workforce.
  • Prepare you for going back to work.
  • Find a job or to maintain the success you have at your job while working.

The program can help you with these things by providing career counseling, vocational rehabilitation and job placement, and training through numerous authorized service providers, such as your state Vocational Rehabilitation agency or through Employment Networks.

Qualifying for the Program

Anyone between the age of 18 and 64 that is receiving either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or both is eligible to participate. 

All you need to do is to contact the Ticket to Work help line by calling 1-(866) 968-7842 or (866) 833-2967. A customer service representative will determine your eligibility and then provide you with more thorough information on how the program works. They can also answer any questions that you might have. They will even provide you with a list of service providers.

Participating in the Program

In return for having access to the program’s many resources, participants must agree to meet certain milestones established through a personal plan that’s developed with their service provider. These milestones could include working at specific earnings or completing specific educational or training requirements.

As you make timely progress, you’ll hopefully gain employment and remain employed, thereby reducing your dependence on SSDI or SSI benefits and earning your way off of them, if possible.

Although being able to rejoin the workforce despite your disability and to become financially independent should be incentive for most to join the Your Ticket to Work program, the Social Security Administration has offered numerous other incentives for joining, such as a trial work period during which you’ll still receive full benefits as well as protection against Continuing Disability Reviews.

For more information about the Your Ticket to Work program or Social Security Disability Insurance in general, contact our Social Security Disability Advocates today for a free consultation by calling us 24/7 at (602) 952-3200.

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