Understanding the Social Security “Ticket to Work” Program for Those with DisabilitiesBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on November 19, 2012 | In Social Security Disability
Qualifying for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits requires, in part, that the disabled person be unable to work to support him- or herself. However, it doesn’t mean that the person is unable to work at all. Even after you have qualified for disability benefits, you may be able to work to earn additional income and keep your skills sharp. The SSA’s “Ticket to Work” program is designed to help those with disabilities find useful work.
You are qualified for the Ticket to Work program if you are between the ages of 18 and 64 and you receive SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits due to a disability.
The Ticket to Work program offers two different ways to find appropriate work. One is to work with an Employment Network (EN) to find work you can do and create a return-to-work plan that is tailored to your specific needs. The other is to work with a state Vocational Rehabilitation (VA) agency, which will also help you create an individualized plan. It’s even possible to work with both agencies if you choose: an EN can give you added support after a VA agency has done all it can.
Not everyone who qualifies for SSD benefits is able to work, but the Ticket to Work program can help those who can. If you’re wondering how to get the SSD benefits you need or how work will affect benefits you already have, an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorney at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help. Call us today at (800) 438-7734 for a free consultation.