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New Ticket Talk Podcast: Where Are they Now?

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Catching up with Success Story participant Rob McClain

Ticket to Work Success Stories highlight the achievements of real people who found a path to a better future with help from Social Security’s Ticket to Work program. On our latest Ticket Talk episode, we catch up with Success Story participant, Rob McClain, whose story was featured in July 2013.

Listen to this podcast or read the transcript. You can also watch or read Rob's full success story to learn more about his journey.   

Rob received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) due to kidney failure and related health complications. Before his disability interfered with his ability to work, Rob ran a towing and trucking company in his hometown in Wisconsin. While receiving disability benefits, he earned a college degree and decided that participating in the Ticket to Work program could help him achieve his employment goals. After recovering from a kidney transplant, in 2011, Rob wanted to return to work. With assistance from his state Vocational Rehabilitation Agency and his Employment Network (EN), Employment Resources Inc., Rob found work with Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation. Since 2012, a larger paycheck and Social Security Work Incentives have allowed him to achieve financial independence.

In this episode, Rob tells us what is new in his life. Since our last time speaking with Rob, he has interviewed for promotions, presented in front of a large group of state employees, and shared his experience with many in his community facing health challenges similar to his own.  As Rob continues to work towards financial independence, he regularly talks to his resource manager at his EN to help him achieve his goals.  

Learn about his new experiences at work and in his community by listening to this podcast  or reading the transcript today! Through Rob’s story, and our other Success Stories, you can see how the Ticket to Work program helped people overcome challenges and get on the road to a self-supporting future.

Receive helpful information from experts, success stories from real beneficiaries, news and updates on the program, subscribe for Ticket Talk!

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7 Comments

John says:
June 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Good going Rob, I applaud you for you determination.Here is my fear though.

If the IRS sees that I can work a little, are they going to give me a hard time paying me?

I think it feels great to work around 4 hrs a day, but * hours would kick my rump. How do you balance that? I ride my mountain bike around 5-9 hrs./day.Just hurts my lumbar something fierice.

Thank You for any info   you can spare.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
June 20, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Hi John, thanks for your comment! We encourage you to speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives at the Ticket to Work Help Line. They can answer any question you have. The number to call is 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 8:00PM ET.


robert says:
July 7, 2014 at 10:38 AM

im not sure what to do about the ticket to work...i am disabled and take strong meds throughout the day and night...they are wanting me to start work and i am unable...please help me with this


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
July 9, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Hi Robert, we agree with you in that not every person who wants to work can do so. We do not downplay or dismiss the very real difficulties disability beneficiaries face and understand that self-supporting employment may not be a viable option to some. With that said, we encourage you to call our Help Line to discuss what options are available. The number to call is 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 8:00PM ET.


kevin says:
August 1, 2014 at 6:38 AM

i am going to do this, failure is not an option


karan says:
August 8, 2014 at 12:31 AM

I am disabled and I went to work  32 hours a week at minimum wage and the my benefits were cut off even though  i did what the publications said.what can i do?


Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
August 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Hi Karan, we encourage you to speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives at the Ticket to Work Help Line. They can answer any question you have. The number to call is 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 8:00PM ET.


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