Hear real stories from actual Social Security disability beneficiaries on how they took advantage of the free employment services provided by the Ticket to Work program to put themselves on the path to a better future.

Ticket to Work logo and The Seal of the United States Social Security Administration
Ticket to Work logo and The Seal of the United States Social Security Administration
Ticket to Work logo and The Seal of the United States Social Security Administration
Access to Employment Support Services for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Who Want to Work
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Success Stories

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Social Security has the authority to change the earnings amounts used to define Trial Work Level (TWL) earnings and Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) on an annual basis. As a result, the TWL and SGA amounts included in these success stories may be outdated. Current levels and amounts used for various Social Security Work Incentives are found in the Social Security Red Book.

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    Shileta G.

    Shileta, a young adult with Cerebral Palsy, used the Ticket to Work program to find a career mentoring others with disabilities. Read her story.

  • Headshot of Lori Adler

    Lori A.

    At 38, Lori has come a long way from the little girl who was paralyzed with fear. Today, she works for Employment Options as a Senior Marketing Liaison.

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    Renate M.

    With the help of the Ticket to Work Program, Renate got a job as an accountant after coping with multiple disabilities.

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    Robert E.

    Robert 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.

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    Marty D.

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

  • Photo of Cherie Cummings

    Cherie C.

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

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    Larry C.

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

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    Josh S.

    Josh 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.

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    Vilmarie S.

    Vilmarie 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.

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    Andraéa L.

    Meet 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.

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    Lisa S.

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

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    Michele B.

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

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    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.

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    Rae-Anna W.

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

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    Jason F.

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

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    Robert S.

    Robert 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.

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    Debra G.

    After 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.