Many people who are on Social Security disability benefits ask themselves: “Am I ready to work?”
Thousands of people each year say, “YES” to this question and begin the journey to employment! Many people find that returning to work, or working for the first time, changes their lives. They find they can earn more money, gain greater financial independence, meet new people and learn new skills.
But, many people who think they might want to try working are not sure where to start. The good news is that help is available for people who want to work their way to a better future: Social Security’s Ticket to Work program!
Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program offered by Social Security that can help people age 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits and who are interested in returning to work or working for the first time. By participating, you or someone you know who is interested in working receives support throughout your journey to financial independence. And, as long as you are making good progress toward your employment goal, Social Security will not review your case to see if you still have a disability. Not only that, but you may continue to access your cash and Medicare and/or Medicaid health care benefits as you transition to full-time work; and, you may be able to return to benefits if you are no longer able to work due to your disability.
Meet Ben. He wants to learn more about his options before assigning his Ticket to a service provider. This four-minute video explains his choices. There is also a video in American Sign Language (ASL) that explains how the program works. And, you can also read, listen or view one of our many success stories here to inspire your own journey or the journey of the person you know who is interested in working!
You may have heard this second myth: “If I use my Ticket to go to work, Social Security will conduct a medical review of my case, and I will lose my benefits.”
Here are the facts if you or someone you know is interested in working while receiving Social Security disability benefits:
If you have more questions about CDR, contact the Ticket to Work Help Line via phone or email to discuss your concerns with one of our knowledgeable representatives.
Making the decision to work is an important step toward achieving financial independence. When you or a person you know is ready to work, the Ticket program is here to help.
Being ready to work means that you are committed to making enough money to replace Social Security cash benefits with the income you earn through work. In return, you can look forward to a better, more fulfilling life by meeting new people, learning new skills and gaining financial independence. It may not be easy, but it could greatly pay off in the end.
We’ve created a tool to help you explore these issues. Take the Work Readiness Quiz!
We hope that the Work Readiness Quiz will help you think through some of the factors about work that you need to consider. The decision to work is a personal choice, and Ticket to Work is a voluntary program. Thousands of people every year make that choice, and you, too, might be our next Success Story!