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YOUR TICKET TO WORK
If you’re an adult age 18 through 64, and you get disability benefits, you qualify for the Ticket to Work program.
You can use the Ticket to Work program to get the services and support you need to go to work or to earn more money. The goal is to help you earn enough money so you can become financially independent.
HOW DOES THE
When you take part in the Ticket to Work program, you can get help finding a job, vocational rehabilitation, or other support.
Employment networks and state vocational rehabilitation agencies provide these services.
These networks include private organizations and government agencies that have agreed to work with Social Security. The provide employment services and other support to beneficiaries with disabilities.
HOW DO I GET STARTED
If you are interested in using the Ticket to Work program to go to work or get vocational services, call the Ticket to Work Helpline toll-free at 1-866-968-7842 (TTY 1-866-833-2967).
The Ticket to Work Helpline’s staff can answer most of your questions about the program. They can also give you the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of employment networks, or the state vocational rehabilitation agency or One-Stop Career Center in your area.
You can also get this information online
at www.socialsecurity.gov/work or www.choosework.net by selecting the “Find Help” tab. To find your local One-Stop Career Center, visit www.servicelocator. org/onestopcenters.asp, and select your state.
If your circumstances make paying for prescription medications difficult, visit www.healthfinder.gov to find out if you qualify for help.
The Ticket to Work program helps you, free of charge, to get vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals, and other employment support services .
Several million disabled and blind Americans receive monthly Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, or both. Many also have help from Medicare or Medicaid in paying medical bills. Many people with disabilities, however, want to work. To help them, Social Security has work incentives, including the Ticket to Work program.
Some of the work incentives allow you to keep some cash benefits, and your Medicaid or Medicare, while you transition to the workplace. And, if you find that you can’t work, it’s easy to start your payments again.