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Social Security Promotes Ticket to Work for People with Disabilities to Obtain Employment Support Services

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Social Security is spreading the word about the underutilized Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program as a way for people with disabilities to achieve their employment goals.

At the end of April 2015, Social Security began mailing letters to beneficiaries who qualify for the Ticket to Work program. Social Security expects to mail up to 60,000 paper Tickets every month to beneficiaries who became entitled the previous month. Social Security expects these mailings to encourage a substantial number of beneficiaries to seek additional information on the Ticket program and to contact Employment Networks (ENs) and State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies for assistance in going to work.

Adults age 18 through 64 who get disability benefits, qualify for Ticket to Work. The program connects individuals to Employment Networks (ENs) who offer services and support needed to help individuals with going to work or earning more money. The goal is to help individuals earn enough money to become financially independent.

Remember! Social Security has rules that encourage individuals to try work. The rules are called work incentives. Work incentives offer safety nets that make it easier to try work without losing benefits right away or access to healthcare. Work incentives can also offer an easy way to get back on benefits if a job doesn’t work out. Connect with a benefits specialist to learn more about Ticket to Work or Social Security work incentives.

The letter will explain the ticket to work program, how it works, and how to find an agency that can help. You may get questions from your beneficiaries about this letter, so it’s useful to familiarize yourself with the notices, and basics about the Ticket to Work program.  More about the Ticket to Work Program  and this mailing.

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Sarah Lyngdal

Sarah works with ERI's Ticket to Work program with a focus on providing high quality and efficient services. She is passionate about helping individuals move forward with their employment goals. More about Sarah