Find documents, podcasts, worksheets and other important resources for disability employment. 

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  1. Shileta Gorham Success Story

    Thumbnail photo of Shileta GorhamShileta is a young adult with Cerebral Palsy who spends much of her time guiding youth with disabilities through self-discovery and life planning. Learn how the Ticket to Work program and mentorship helped her on her journey to success.

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  2. Work Incentives for People Who Are Blind

    Fact Sheet IconMost people receiving a disability payment can access Work Incentives or employment supports, but some of the rules are more generous if your disability is blindness. For more information see this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document about Social Security Work Incentives for People who are Blind.

    Topics: blind, faqs
  3. Lori Adler Success Story

    Headshot of Lori Adler smiling at the camera

    Lori Adler has come a long way from the little girl who was paralyzed with fear. She offers important advice to others who may be ready to work and are considering what their path to employment might look like with the Ticket program.

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  4. Ticket Talk #20: Employment Resources for Transitioning Veterans with Disabilities

    Tower with Soundwaves

    Operation Job Ready Veterans, a provider with the Ticket to Work program , is a non-profit organization that provides transitional services and employment support to veterans, spouses, and caregivers. They provide supportive services to help veterans effectively re-enter the job market with the goal of finding long-term, meaningful careers.

    Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript (PDF)

  5. Renate Merritt Success Story

    Photo of Renate MerrittU.S. Army veteran Renate Merritt found her way back to work with the help of Social Security’s Ticket to Work program. Find out how she received help after a series of devastating events changed her life.

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  6. Ticket Talk #19: Schedule A Job Opportunities

    Tower with SoundwavesThe number of employees with disabilities working in the federal government is the highest it has been in more than 30 years, and the number continues to increase. Have you ever thought about working for the government?

    One option is working through a program called the Schedule A Hiring Authority for people with disabilities; often simply called Schedule A. Schedule A is an opportunity, not a guarantee of federal employment.

    Download the podcast audio file (mp3) or read the transcript to learn more.

    Categories: Podcast
  7. Robert Escalera Success Story

    Thumbnail Photo of Robert EscalaraRobert Escalera worked at a Ford dealership until complications from diabetes threatened his life. With help from Ticket to Work, he landed a job in auto parts sales, where his passion for cars has helped fuel record sales.

     
    Categories: Success Story
  8. Marty Davis Success Story

    Image of Marty DavisMarty used the Ticket to Work program to stay in the construction business after losing a limb to cancer.

     
    Categories: Success Story
  9. Ticket Talk #18: Reflecting on the Anniversary of Ticket to Work and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    Tower with SoundwavesSince 1999, the Ticket to Work program has helped thousands of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries explore job options. As we commemorate the Ticket to Work program's 15-year anniversary, and the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tune into this podcast. Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

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    Categories: Podcast
  10. Ticket Talk #17: Things to Know about Work-From-Home Job Opportunities

    Tower with sound waves generating from itMany Social Security disability beneficiaries have a strong interest in work-from-home job options. Tune in to this podcast with Lisa Seeley, a Ticket to Work Success Story participant whose agoraphobia, or fear of public places, prevented her from working. Lisa now works from home at a national Employment Network called Employment Options and is financially independent.

    Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Topics: find a job
    Categories: Podcast
  11. Ticket Talk #16: Three Resources That Can Help You Obtain Job Accommodations

    Podcast icon with soundwave lines coming out of itFor many people with disabilities, getting a job means working with an employer to create workplace supports and adjustments when needed so you can stay as productive as possible. This episode of Ticket Talk shares how people with disabilities can go about obtaining these supports - known as job accommodations - for work.

    Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Categories: Podcast
  12. Finding an EN and Assigning Your Ticket Worksheet

    Fact Sheet IconDid you receive a list of service providers from the Ticket to Work Help Line or the Choose Work website's Find Help tool? If so, this worksheet may help you call, email or visit Employment Networks (EN) to find one that is right for you.

    Categories: Document
  13. Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work

    thumbnail image of Ticket to Work video in American Sign LanguageThe three-part Ticket to Work video in American Sign Language provides an overview of the Ticket to Work program to help deaf or hard of hearing beneficiaries learn about the program. Additionally, the video serves as another resource for service providers to educate deaf or hard of hearing beneficiaries by explaining the program and key benefits of participation in Ticket to Work.

    Categories: Video
  14. Ticket to Work 15-Year Anniversary Graphics

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    On December 17, 2014, Ticket to Work celebrates its 15 year anniversary. These graphics can be used  as a resource for you to share during the program's milestone year.

    Categories: Document, Event
  15. Ticket Talk #15: Your Employment Team - Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and You!

    Podcast iconThis episode is the first of a three part series titled: Your Employment Team - Vocational Rehabilitation agencies and you! This podcast shares information about what some Ticket to Work service providers that can make up your employment team and the free Vocational rehabilitation agency or VR services that can support you on your journey to financial independence. Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Categories: Podcast
  16. Cherie Cummings Success Story

    Photo of Cherie CummingsCherie found success with her Ticket. Learn about the role of work in her mental health recovery.

     
    Topics: mental illness
    Categories: Success Story
  17. Meet Ben! An Introduction to Ticket to Work

    thumbnail image of the Meet Ben videoThe Ticket to Work video provides an easy-to-understand overview of the Ticket program for beneficiaries. In addition, the video serves as an additional resource for service providers to educate beneficiaries by explaining the key benefits of participation in Ticket to Work.

    Topics:
    Categories: Video
  18. The Red Book

    Fact Sheet IconA summary guide to employment supports for persons with disabilities under the Social Security disability insurance and supplemental security income programs.

    Topics: red book
    Categories: Document
  19. Working for You, Building Success Brochure

    Fact Sheet IconThis Social Security publication provides basic background information on the Ticket program and Social Security Work Incentives for beneficiaries.

    Topics: brochure
    Categories: Document
  20. Larry Clay's Success Story

    Photo of Larry ClayMeet Larry, a young man with autism, who successfully used the Ticket and the PASS Work Incentive to achieve his career goals!

     
    Categories: Success Story
  21. Lisa Seeley's Success Story

    Photo of Lisa SeeleyLisa wanted to support her family, but her agoraphobia prevented her from working. Using her ticket, she now works from home and is financially independent.

     
    Categories: Success Story
  22. Partnership Plus

    Fact Sheet IconIf you received services from your state VR to find work, you can then use your Ticket to receive ongoing services from an EN after you are on the job. Read this fact sheet o find out more.

    Categories: Document
  23. Josh Schneiter's Success Story

    Photo of Josh SchneiterJosh is an active young adult with a disability who has seen marked improvements in his life since he decided to participate in the Ticket to Work program.

     
    Categories: Success Story
  24. Ticket Talk #14: New Revised Regulations Create a Brighter Future for You

    Podcast iconThis episode, shares information about an updated law, Section 503, which can support you on your journey to financial independence. These new rules are expected to create more employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Categories: Podcast
  25. Ticket Talk #13: Where Are they Now?

    Podcast iconTicket to Work Success Stories highlight the achievements of real people who found a path to a better future with help from Social Security's Ticket to Work program. On our latest Ticket Talk episode, we catch up with Success Story participant, Rob McClain, whose story was featured in July 2013. Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Categories: Podcast, Success Story
  26. Ticket Talk #12: Ticket to Work's Top Reasons to Consider Self-Employment

    Podcast iconHave you ever considered working for yourself? Do you have a passion for entrepreneurship? Self-employment may be an option that can put you on the path to financial independence. In this Ticket Talk episode, we share some reasons to try self-employment as a work option. Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Categories: Podcast
  27. Ticket Talk #11: Protection and Advocacy for You!

    Podcast iconWould you like to have a better understanding of your rights as a Social Security beneficiary? Do you want to know how you can go about requesting reasonable accommodations to help you function more effectively on the job? In this podcast we spoke with the Director of a Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security organization who answered some of those questions! Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Categories: Podcast
  28. Vilmarie Sostre-Lamb's Success Story

    Photo of VilmarieVilmarie Sostre-Lamb is an energetic 26 year old young woman who worked in retail until Multiple Sclerosis disrupted her life. Through the Ticket to Work program and its supports, she was able to return to work.

     
    Categories: Success Story
  29. Andraéa Lavant's Success Story

    photo of Andraea LavantMeet Andraéa, a 30 year old woman with muscular dystrophy who serves as a role model for girls with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital.

     
    Categories: Success Story
  30. Ticket Talk #10: Anupa Iyer Discusses Mental Health and Youth In Transition

    Podcast iconIn this Ticket Talk episode, we speak with Anupa Iyer, a young woman who experienced tremendous challenges associated with her mental illness during college and after transitioning to the workforce. Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Categories: Podcast
  31. Ticket Talk #9: Technological Advancements: Empowering and Enabling People with Disabilities

    Podcast iconThis Ticket Talk episode explores the evolving landscape of technological innovations that are empowering and enabling people with disabilities by maximizing their independence, productivity, and participation. Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Categories: Podcast
  32. Debunking the Three BIGGEST Myths about Disability Benefits and Work

    Fact Sheet IconThis fact sheet provides the facts on three common misconceptions about working while on disability benefits.

    Topics: myths, ssdi, ssi
    Categories: Document
  33. Ticket Talk #6: Employment Support from Crossroads Diversified Services

    Podcast iconThis Ticket Talk podcast features an interview with Dee Gavaldon, Program Manager of Crossroads Diversified Services, an Employment Network, American Job Center (formally called One-Stop) and AbilityOne program participant. Crossroads was established in 1977 as a Sacramento County mental health program, but today it helps people and young adults with all disabilities. Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Categories: Podcast
  34. Michele Boardman's Success Story

    photo of Michele BoardmanMichele, a young adult with a disability, talks about how PASS helped her get an education and reach her career goals.

     
    Topics: pass, ssi
    Categories: Success Story
  35. Choosing the Right Employment Network for You

    Fact Sheet IconThis fact sheet provides things to consider and questions to ask when choosing a Ticket to Work Employment Network.

    Categories: Document
  36. Ticket Talk #4: Catching up with Robert Statam

    Podcast iconIn our April podcast, we talked with Robert Statam, a veteran who used Ticket to Work to improve his quality of life through increased earnings and an improved sense of productivity and dignity. Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Topics: military
    Categories: Podcast, Success Story
  37. Ticket Un-Assignment Form

    Fact Sheet IconYou can change Employment Networks (ENs) at anytime by un-assigning your Ticket. Use this form to un-assign your Ticket.

    Topics: form
    Categories: Document
  38. Rob McClain's Success Story

    Photo of Rob M.Meet Rob, a former small business owner who returned to work and regained financial independence after experiencing renal failure. Learn how Ticket to Work helped him.

     
    Topics: ssdi
    Categories: Success Story
  39. Ticket Talk #3: Explaining Work Incentives

    Podcast iconConfused by Social Security's Work Incentives?  Not to worry! This month’s podcast highlights five commonly used Work Incentives, including how they work with the Ticket to Work program, and who is eligible to participate. Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Topics: work incentives
    Categories: Podcast
  40. Ticket Talk #2: Advice and Motivation for People with Low Vision and Blindness

    Podcast iconIn this Ticket Talk podcast, our guest is Terri Uttermohlen, a Social Insurance Specialist in the Social Security Office of Employment Support Programs. Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Categories: Podcast
  41. Rae-Anna Witmer's Success Story

    Photo of Rae-Anne WitmerRae-Anna is a mother of three, who had trouble finding work after her car accident. Read how Ticket to Work helped her.

     
    Topics: ssdi, workforce
    Categories: Success Story
  42. Ticket Talk #1: Introducing Ticket To Work Podcasts!

    Podcast iconThe Ticket to Work program is pleased to announce the Ticket Talk, our new podcast series! For our opening podcast, Bob Williams, Social Security's Associate Commissioner for the Office of Employment Support and Programs introduces the series. Download audio file (mp3) | Download transcript

    Categories: Podcast
  43. Jason Faust's Success Story

    Photo of Jason FaustA lifelong mental illness made it difficult for Jason to find employment. Learn how Ticket to Work helped him.

     
    Categories: Success Story
  44. Robert Statam's Success Story

    Photo of Robert SRobert is a Veteran who had questions about employment and disabilities. With the help of Ticket to Work, he’s now employed, financially independent and helping other Veterans.

     
    Categories: Success Story
  45. Debra Gabriel's Success Story

    Photo of Debra GabrielAfter Debra discovered that she had a disability, she found the Ticket to Work program. Through the program, her employment team of service providers helped her return to work.

    Categories: Success Story