The Ticket to Work program is not a direct hiring program. However, it can help you connect with job search resources and special hiring programs for individuals with disabilities. Your Ticket to Work service provider has specialized job placement expertise, and many have relationships with employers looking to hire people like you!
If you do not have a service provider, use the Find Help tool to find one that can assist you in your job search. If an EN is the type of service provider you need, the "Finding an EN and Assigning Your Ticket Worksheet," may help you interview many ENs to find the one that's right for you as you decide to assign your ticket. Also, the "Choosing the Right Employment Network for You," fact sheet may help guide you through the process and provides you with questions to ask.
Learn more about finding a job on the Path to Work: Getting A Job
Federal Government and Federal Contracting Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Ticket to Work service providers can help you explore two opportunities available to people with disabilities looking to work:
Federal Employment - Schedule A
Schedule A gives the federal government permission to hire people with significant disabilities for jobs within the federal government without requiring them to compete against non-disabled jobseekers for those positions. Federal agencies hire Schedule A employees on a probationary basis. This means that Schedule A employees work on trial basis and, at the end of the probationary period, if they have earned positive reviews for their job performance, they may be eligible for conversion to a career-conditional appointment within competitive service.
Learn more about Schedule A
Employment with Federal Contractors - Section 503
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 has supported individuals with disabilities for more than 40 years by prohibiting the Federal government and businesses that do work with the government from discriminating on the basis of disability.
Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, which was revised in 2014, prohibits businesses that do work with the government from discriminating against people with disabilities and requires these employers to take positive steps to recruit, hire train, promote and retain people with disabilities.
These new rules are expected to create more job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Your Ticket to Work service provider can help connect you with these opportunities in your area. In addition, the Ticket program will be hosting a series of Virtual Job Fairs, sponsored by Social Security, to connect Ticket-users with the businesses that do work with the government. More information is available on the Virtual Job Fair website.
Learn more about Section 503 on the Choose Work blog or listen to our Ticket Talk podcast, New Revised Regulations Create a Brighter Future for You, which highlights a few facts about the new regulations that every Social Security disability beneficiary who is exploring their work options should know. You can also sign up to receive email updates about Ticket to Work's Section 503 activities, including Virtual Job Fairs.
Federal contractors can also sign up for email updates focused on participation in the Virtual Job Fairs and other Ticket to Work program activity.
Find a Job!
Even if you aren’t interested in Schedule A and Section 503 employment, there are many opportunities out there for you! A great place to start is the American Job Center's Find a Job website. Your Ticket to Work service provider can advise you on how best to use these tools and give you the support you need to make your job search a success!