When you are starting the process of finding a Ticket to Work service provider to help you, the first thing you must do is to think about what your work goals are and what help you will need to get there.
When you are looking for a job, it’s important to take time to answer some questions to make sure you get the job that’s right for you. For example,
After you have a sense of the kind of job you want, it’s important to figure out what you need to be ready to work. Ask yourself the following questions to learn what you might need to prepare for the job:
Download this list of questions in a printable format, which you can use to think through your answers and have them ready to use when talking to people who can help!
Before you start looking for a service provider, take some time to think through these questions for yourself, or talk about them with someone else. If you don’t have answers for all of them, don’t worry! There will be help all along the way!
After deciding whether an Employment Network (EN) or state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency is the right provider for you, or a person you know who is interested in working, it is time to use the Ticket program’s Find Help tool.
It is important to remember that the list of ENs generated from the search may include ENs that do not have an office nearby. The good news is that they can still help! Many ENs work with their clients over the phone or by email, or they may have a local office that isn’t listed in the directory. Be sure to give them a call to find out!
Finding the right provider can be a long process, but the time spent now is well worth it! You might have difficulty finding a provider in your local area. If this is the case, a Multi-State or National provider might be the answer. You can often work with these types of providers over the phone or the Internet.
Another issue you might face when searching for a provider is selecting one you think is right for you, but later finding out it’s not the right fit. If you are working with a VR but then realize the services provided aren’t working for you, you can try one of the ENs available. On the other hand, if an EN doesn’t seem to be able to meet your needs, then maybe a VR is the right choice. If you decide you want to work with a different provider, you can unassign your ticket from your current provider and then reassign it to another service provider.
Choosing a service provider may be a long process, but finding the right one will put you on the path to financial independence. Meet Megan, Robert and others who achieved their dreams through work by picking a service provider that was right for them! If you’ve already experienced our success stories, return to a favorite or discover a new one!
And if you are still having problems finding the right service provider, call the Ticket Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 / 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 8:00PM ET and speak to one of our knowledgeable representatives.
If you have found a provider to work with, congratulations! You are ready to go to the next step on the path to work, finding a job!