October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness and celebrate the achievements of people with Down syndrome! It is also a time to reflect, think about the future and cultivate abilities. 

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Ticket to Work logo and The Seal of the United States Social Security Administration
Ticket to Work logo and The Seal of the United States Social Security Administration
Ticket to Work logo and The Seal of the United States Social Security Administration
Access to Employment Support Services for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Who Want to Work
 
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Down Syndrome: Using Your Talents and Interests in Meaningful Work

Oct 30, 2016

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness and celebrate the achievements of people with Down syndrome! It is also a time to reflect, think about the future and cultivate abilities. Work can be an important part of an adult’s life. Many people who have Down syndrome find that having a job gives them an opportunity to use their talents and interests, feel a sense of belonging, and make meaningful contributions to society. It can also help some people gain financial independence.

Many organizations help individuals with Down syndrome find the personalized support they need to plan their work goals, develop skills, and connect with communities that enrich their lives. Some of these include:

If you or someone you know with Down syndrome is ready to explore employment, be sure to connect with the Ticket to Work program.

About Ticket to Work

Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to work. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. It helps people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce.

Learn More

To learn more about Ticket to Work, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work, and contact the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (Voice) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket to Work Find Help tool.