Learn How the Ticket to Work Program Can Work for You

Chapter 5 - Managing Your New Job

Making Progress

  • Social Security considers it to be timely progress toward financial independence when you show that you are able to work at levels that will reduce your dependence on Social Security disability benefits.
  • Every 12 months after assigning a Ticket to an EN or state VR agency, Social Security must decide if an individual is making the expected progress toward their vocational goal.
  • Social Security will review documentation from the service provider to verify that timely progress is being made, and may ask for documentation from the individual, as well.

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We hope you are enjoying making more money! By working, you are likely achieving what Social Security calls “timely progress” towards a work goal.

Social Security considers it to be timely progress toward financial independence when you show that you are able to work

at levels that will reduce your dependence on Social Security disability benefits.

A Ticket program participant's service provider should have discussed timely progress while developing the individual work plan (IWP).

If it has been about a year since developing your IWP, then it is time for your first Timely Progress Review, or TPR.

In return for your participation in the Ticket Program, Social Security waives the requirement for you

to go through a medical Continuing Disability Review, or CDR, as long as you are making progress towards an employment goal

in the amount of time set by Social Security. Every 12 months after assigning a Ticket to an EN or state VR agency,

Social Security must decide if an individual is making the expected progress toward their vocational goal.

Social Security will review documentation from the service provider to verify timely progress, and may ask for documentation from you, as well.

Similar to overpayments, it is important to keep good records of earnings, transcripts or certificates of completion for training

or classes taken or other evidence of progress based on the IWP. Make sure to understand your IWP

and continue to work towards timely progress, keeping records of progress along the way!

If you are having trouble reaching your goals, ask your Ticket to Work service provider how they can help!

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