Image of Ben thinking about 2018As 2017 comes to an end, we’re looking ahead to 2018 and the changes that Social Security has made to Cost-of Living Adjustment (COLA)  and the Red Book. Find out how these updates may affect your work goals in the new year.

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What's New In 2018?

Dec 7, 2017

Image of Ben thinking of 2018With the new year comes new information for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Today's post provides information on some of the changes coming in 2018.

Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) information

You may have received a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) notice from Social Security. In 2018, Social Security disability benefits will increase by 2.0%. If you have questions about the upcoming change to your benefit payments, please contact Social Security directly at 800-772-1213 or visit their website at

Red Book updates

Social Security's Red Book provides information on employment-related rules for Social Security disability benefits and the policies in place to help you reach your work goals. The book is a guide to Work Incentives, and other disability-related policies and programs like Ticket to Work.

Some of the changes in 2018 include:

  • The Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) amount will increase from $1,170 to $1,180 for non-blind individuals and from $1,950 to $1,970 for blind individuals.
  • The monthly earnings amount that Social Security uses to determine if a month counts for the Trial Work Period month will increase from $840 to $850 per month in 2018.

To see a complete list of changes to the Red Book, visit

Stay up to date!

The Ticket program shares information about Work Incentives and employment resources for people with disabilities on a regular basis. Subscribing to our emails and following us on social media may help you stay up to date on the program and learn about resources and support designed to help you on the path to work.

Ticket to Work

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

Learn more

You can call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket program Find Help tool.

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