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The Ticket to Work Program May be Right For You!

Working can change your life! If you want to work, Social Security’s Ticket to Work program may be right for you. Listen to Bob Williams, Associate Commissioner for Social Security’s Office of Employment Support Programs message to learn about the Ticket to Work program.

Watch below or the video on our Choose Work YouTube channel.

To learn more about the Ticket program and take the first step toward financial independence, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work, e-mail us at  support@chooseworkttw.net or call our Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).

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26 Comments

Samuel says:
February 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM

necesito el ticket work para trabajar


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
March 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Hola Samuel,

Gracias por su interés en el programa Ticket to Work. Por favor llame al 1-866-968-7842 (v) 866-833-2967(TTY/TDD) para más información.


laura says:
June 29, 2012 at 6:30 PM

could you please find me a job?


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
July 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Hi Laura, if you are age 18 through 64 and receive SSDI or SSI benefits because of a disability, you are eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work program. Employment Networks in your community or available over the phone can help you get ready for work, find work or sustain work. We definitely think you should explore your work options. Call our Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD) today!


JOHN says:
July 15, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Are there online jobs or work at home jobs? If so, how can I find out about them?


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
July 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Hi John!

Employment Networks can help you find a variety of different types of jobs, including those where you work from home. For example, many National ENs will work with you over the phone and specialize in work at home opportunities. Use the Find Help tool to get started or call our Help Line to talk to a person who can discuss your personal situation at 1-866-968-7842/866-833-2967(TTY/TDD), M - F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST.


Tara says:
July 19, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I have been receiving SSDI benefits since 2009. I went to work in 2010 and exhausted my 9 month trial work period. Then I lost my job in 2011 because of my disability. I want to work again and the representatives at Social Security said I can use my ticket to work and have 9 MORE months before my benefits are affected. Is this true? And if its not and I lose this job will I be able to restart my benefits again?


Miss.Kitty says:
July 20, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I tried going back to college and had a major break down in 2011 so had to quit. I now have loans to pay back and no way to afford them. I would like to open a home based business. It would be home services largly focusing on pet care while owners are on vacation. I also would offer care for children and the elderly, light housekeeping and meal prepararation. Can any one help me with my loans and starting a business?


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
July 30, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Hello! There are Employment Networks that work with people who are interested in working at home or starting their own business. You can use our Find Help tool on this website to search for one that will work for you, or call 1-866-968-7842
866-833-2967(TTY/TDD), 
M - F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST to discuss your personal situation with one of our knowledgeable representatives. If you receive SSI, you might also look into the PASS program to assist you with achieving your work goals. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityresearch/wi/pass.htm/


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
July 30, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Hi Tara! We are so glad you want to work again! Your best way to start getting your questions answered is to call our Help Line at 1-866-968-7842
866-833-2967(TTY/TDD), 
M - F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST. Our knowledgeable representatives can determine where you stand in terms of your Trial Work Period, and explain what your options are. All the best on your journey to self-sufficiency!


wayne says:
July 30, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I've been on ssi since 2007. I have a lower back issue. Before it became too hard to perform as an A/C refrigeration tech I really enjoyed working though I lived in pain most of the time. Here is my question: I have a great driving record and would like to enter some type of commercial driving training program. I have talked with  truck drivers and most of them have the same back issue. If I can receive free training I believe I can find full time employment. I live in Kern County Ca. Is there a place that I might receive some type of help in this issue? I thank you in advance. 


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
August 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Hello Wayne,

We are so glad you want to work again! Your best way to start getting your questions answered is to call our Help Line at 1-866-968-7842
866-833-2967(TTY/TDD), 
M - F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST. Our knowledgeable representatives can determine where you stand in terms of your Trial Work Period, and explain what your options are. Also, check out our Find Help tool to find an Employment Network that can help you. All the best on your journey to self-sufficiency!


Anthony says:
November 7, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Hello, I'm 47 and have been on disability since 2001, over the years I have taken college classes and gotten a degree in photography. I would love to set up my own business....is that something the ticket to work program can help me with....

Thanks in advance,

Anthony 


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
November 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Yes Anthony, Ticket to Work can help you with this! To get started, we suggest you find a provider that can help you meet your goals. Callour Help Line at 1-866-968-7842866-833-2967(TTY/TDD), M - F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST. Our knowledgeable representatives can help you find a service provider who can guide you on starting your own business. Also, check out our Find Help tool at www.choosework.net/helpto find an Employment Network or Vocational Rehabilitation agency that specializes in self-employment and business start-up. All the best on your journey to self-sufficiency!


Fefy says:
December 13, 2012 at 1:15 AM

I would like to go to a technical school or a career college to get certified as an ultrasound tech.  And then go to work in my field.  How do I get  started?  Can I talk to a Vocational Representative about this?  Is this even possible?


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
December 14, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Hi Fefy, We are happy you are exploring your options to work! We think going back to school is a great start too. A  vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency or an employment network (EN) can help you explore your options. If you are ready, the Ticket to Work program may be right for you! We can provide you with training, career counseling, and job support to help you find a job that could work for you. Call our Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) to talk to someone who can help you meet your goals. Keep us posted on your progress and best of luck on your journey to self-sufficiency!


lena says:
January 6, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Want go back to work going to make columbia sc my home been on ss  1998 my home number is 803-419-XXXX


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
January 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Hi Lena, We are very happy to hear that you want to work again! Your best way to start getting your questions answered is to call our Help Line at 1-866-968-7842866-833-2967(TTY/TDD), M - F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST. Our knowledgeable representatives can help you find a service provider who can help you find potential employers that can meet your needs. Also, check out our Find Help tool to find an Employment Network or Vocational Rehabilitation agency that can help you. All the best on your journey to self-sufficiency!


Karen says:
January 18, 2013 at 6:04 PM

My husband and I are both disabled. I was working out of the home, but my husband got worse, so I had to start staying home taking care of him. I think this program is a wonderful way for people like me that is disabled too, and can't go just anywhere to get a job. Real home working job. I want to work to feel like at lease I'm doing some good for somwone else and keeping me in touch with the outside world too.


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
January 21, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Hi Karen, We agree, the Ticket to Work program may be right for you! If you are ready to explore your options, you can get started by calling our Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) and speak to one of our knowledgeable representatives.  All the best to you on your journey to self-sufficiency!


Cindy says:
February 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

I became disabled in 2011.  I want to work but am nervous to start again because I was fired when my disabilities interfered with my job duties.  I don't want to fail again.  I have been able to perform a very part time job at $8.00/hr without any concerns.  My husband is very nervous that by working more I will lose the benefits that I have gained and we will be worse off than when we started.   I really think I should be working but am scared and nervous. 


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
February 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Hi  Cindy, We understand you are fearful and you have some concerns about work. We hear these same concerns from many others and the Ticket to Work program has helped others overcome these barriers!  We are very happy to hear that you want to work again and we encourage you to begin exploring your options today. The best way to get started is to call our Help Line at 1-866-968-7842(V) or 1-866-833-2967(TTY), M - F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST. Our knowledgeable representatives can help you find a service provider who can help you find potential employers that can meet your needs. Also, check out our Find Help tool to find an Employment Network or Vocational Rehabilitation agency that can help you. We reccomend you look for a provider that provides benefits counseling that can help her you understand the impact of working on yourher benefits. All the best on your journey to self-sufficiency! And keep us posted on your progress.


Lori says:
February 16, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I am disabled from my previous occupation and my disability will no longer allow my to return to it. If i were to choose to go back to college for re traing would that qualify for ticket to work with an eventual goal to earn a substantial living after graduation. Are there resources to help cover cost of the education or using state and federal financial aid?

 

thanks


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
February 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Hi Lori, The Ticket to Work program is for individuals who are age 18 through 64 and receive SSDI or SSI benefits because of a disability. A vocational rehabilitation agency (VR) or an employment network (EN) can help you explore your options for a new career, including assistance with achieving your educational goals. Call our Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) /1-866-833-2967 (TTY) to speak to a knowledgeable representative or find an EN or VR at www.choosework.net/findhelp.


carolyn says:
July 12, 2013 at 7:19 PM

i am very instreted in the program


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
July 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Hi Carolyn,
We are happy to hear you are interested in learning more about Ticket to Work and Work Incentives. A great place to start and get your questions answered is by attending our WISE webinar. Our next free webinar is on Wednesday, 7/24 and you may register at www.choosework.net/wise. Or, you may view past WISE Webinars (http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/m-wise-webinars.cfm). If you want to discuss your personal situation, you may also contact our Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V)/866-833-2967(TTY) M - F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM ET or support@chooseworkttw.net.


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