Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration program for people ages 18-64 who receive Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or both. The goal of the program is to offer job services that will assist eligible SSI/SSDI beneficiaries to enter the workforce and gain more independence. As an Employment Network, we can help walk you through the Ticket to Work process,offer resources to help you in your interview,and help you find a job that suits your challenges and qualifications.
At Arkansas Support Network we believe every individual should have an opportunity for employment and work. Returning to work or perhaps going to work for the first time is possible with the right combination of services and commitment between ASN staff and the beneficiary.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
If you are between the ages of 18 and 65 and currently receiving disability related payments under either the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, you are eligible for the Ticket to Work program.
Enrolling in the Ticket to Work program does not affect your SSI or SSDI payments. For SSDI beneficiaries, you can continue to receive your disability checks even after you start working during a 9 month of trial work period to make sure you are able to work. During this trial work period you can earn income while working and still receive your monthly SSDI payment from Social Security. You will also remain eligible for Medicare insurance and have the option to stay on Medicare even after you start working. You will also receive other work incentives through the program which the Ticket to Work Specialist can discuss with you in detail.
Depending on where you live, you may be eligible for services including career counseling and guidance, job coaching and training, job searches, job accommodation planning, and ongoing employment supports to help you remain employed and financially independent.
Yes. Many people want to work more so they can gain financial independence, and the Ticket to Work Program is designed to give disability beneficiaries the tools they will need to reach their employment goals. We can also look over your employment history to determine if you have used any of your trial work period.
Interested in more information?
Our Ticket to Work Specialist is available to answer any additional questions you have about the program. You can also find general information about the Ticket to Work Program here.
Myranda Jackson, Ticket to Work Specialist