Climb on Board and Take a “Ticket to Work” and Self-SufficiencyBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 18, 2019 | In Social Security Disability
The Social Security Administration (SSA)’s Ticket to Work program sounds right for you! This voluntary program helps SSDI and SSI beneficiaries find work suited to their abilities which can help them become financially independent. You may be eligible if you are receiving SSDI or SSI benefits and are between the ages of 18 and 64.
What Are Employment Networks?
Under the Ticket to Work program, the SSA uses vocational services, nonprofits and other entities to help individuals find work. These are called employment networks.
The employment networks help individuals return to work or work for the first time with vocational training, resume writing classes and job readiness training. Some of the employment networks employ people with disabilities to work at their own businesses as alternatives to the state departments of vocational rehabilitation. Some specialize in providing services to those with certain disabilities, for example, developmental disabilities.
How to Get Started with Ticket to Work
Visit the Ticket to Work website for extensive information on the program including:
- How to get started
- Learn about service providers
- What job training is available
- Read real-life success stories
Once you begin working with an employment network, you have seven years to work on education, job training and actual work.
What Happens to Your Disability Benefits with the Ticket to Work Program?
Your SSDI or SSI benefits will continue until you start earning wages or self-employment income above the applicable earnings limits for those programs.
Also, while participating in the Ticket to Work program and meeting timely progress goals, your Continuing Disability Reviews that check the status of your medical condition will be suspended.
Remember – Ticket to Work services are free and participation is voluntary. If you do not choose to try the program, your SSDI or SSI benefits will not be affected.
We Can Help with Your Social Security Disability Application or Appeal
If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Call our Los Angeles County office at 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.