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Time to Make a Change? Ticket to Work Can Help!

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Ticket to Work Articles by eri

Times are changing. We're moving forward into a year of opportunities, stronger with lessons learned from 2020 about new ways to work and live as valuable members of our communities. As we transition from a year of social distancing and high unemployment, this may be the perfect time for you to think about your long-term work and financial goals. It may be right time for you to get a new or better job.

More companies than ever are now offering telework opportunities. Some companies continue to grow to keep up with huge demands for their services. But sometimes making a change is scary, especially if you rely on disability benefits to meet your income and health care needs. Getting help with finding resources and navigating possibilities can make all the difference.

If you're an adult age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI or SSI), you may be eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work program. It could give you the supports you need to grow your career and manage your ongoing benefit needs.

Now could be the time to start growing your career.

Why Grow Your Career?

Making a plan to get a new or better job could lead to more money in your pocket every month and self-sufficiency in the long-term. Many people fear that working more and getting paid more will lead to losing access to needed benefits. Ticket to Work could give you the supports you need to reach your career goals while managing your ongoing benefit needs.

What Could Ticket to Work Do for You?

You can access a variety of services to support you in reaching your employment goals through Ticket to Work. These services could include help with:

  • creating a resume and cover letter
  • preparing for interviews
  • managing your benefits and work incentives
  • planning for career advancement
  • getting needed support to keep a job
  • handling job change transitions
  • guidance on job accommodation
  • and more…

Are You Eligible for Ticket to Work?

If your goal is to increase your income and work off disability cash benefits, Ticket to Work could be for you. You may be eligible if you:

  • receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI or SSI) and
  • are between the ages of 18 and 64.

What's Next?

Making the decision to grow your career is a big step, and ERI PLUS is here to support you. Contact us to learn the next steps:

  • Visit ERI PLUS or call 800-710-9326.
  • You can also contact the national Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TTY) or go online to Choose Work.

Learn more from SSA about the benefits of working with an Employment Network.

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