Should You Sign Up for Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program?

Whether you have sustained a serious injury or have been disabled for many years, you know that returning to work is not an easy process. It can be hard to know where to turn for help, what you are qualified to do, and if you will be able to perform a new job long-term.

What Is the Ticket to Work Program?

The Ticket to Work program is a work incentive offered by through the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA works with state and local agencies that provide job training, vocational rehabilitation, a network of employers, and job referrals to disabled beneficiaries who are looking for work. Any disabled adult who is receiving Social Security disability or SSI disability benefits may use Ticket to Work services free of charge.

What Are Some Benefits of the Program?

One of the biggest benefits of the Ticket to Work program is access to a local employment network or vocational rehabilitation agency. If you agree to work with one of these providers, they will assess your condition and create a job-training plan to help you find employment that you will be able to maintain indefinitely. They may also coordinate career counseling, job placement, and provide ongoing support services that will help you stay employed.

Do I Lose My Disability Benefits After I Complete the Vocational Rehabilitation Program?

If you are able to earn a sustainable living wage or your medical condition improves to a point where the SSA no longer considers you disabled, you will no longer need disability benefits. However, your monthly payments may continue as long as you are participating in a vocational rehabilitation program that has been approved by the SSA.

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