Smiling woman in meeting at her laptopLooking for work or ready to start planning your employment journey? Searching for work can be stressful and overwhelming but you don't have to go it alone. Social Security's Ticket to Work program offers free services and supports that can help people with disabilities achieve their work goals. Learn how you can participate in the Ticket to Work program.

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How do I participate in Ticket to Work?

Apr 14, 2020

Smiling woman at her laptop in a meetingAre you thinking about going to work or have you already started to look for a job? Whichever stage you're in, you'll likely have some highs and lows. Sometimes it's an energizing experience; sometimes it's just plain stressful. The good news is that you don't have to go it alone! Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) program can help you through the process.

Do I qualify?

If you are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of your disability, you are eligible to participate in the Ticket program. Participation is free and voluntary. The Ticket program can help you move toward financial independence through work and offers a variety of supports to help you succeed.

You may receive a paper Ticket in the mail, but you don't need one to participate! Your eligibility will be verified by the service provider with whom you choose to work.

Who will help me?

When you participate in the Ticket program, you'll choose a service provider, like an Employment Network (EN) or your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency. They'll help you develop a plan, often called an Individual Work Plan (IWP) or Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) that will be a roadmap to meeting your work goals.

Your work plan is a written and signed agreement between you and your service provider. It includes career planning and specific supports and services you'll receive from your service provider and the steps you’ll take to meet your goals.

You can learn more about work plans and your responsibilities in Planning Your Employment Goals with the Ticket to Work Program.

How do I get started?

If you decide to participate, getting started is easy! First, call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) to verify your eligibility. Customer service representatives will explain how the program works and answer your questions or concerns. They can send you a customized list of service providers, or if you prefer, you can use the Find Help tool to find providers on your own.

How do I get started?

If you decide to participate, getting started is easy! First, call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) to verify your eligibility. Customer service representatives will explain how the program works and answer your questions or concerns. They can send you a customized list of service providers, or if you prefer, you can use the Find Help tool to find providers on your own.

I'm Interested! What's Next?

Here are 4 steps you can take right now to learn more about the Ticket program and Social Security's Work Incentives, which are special rules and programs that make it easier for people with disabilities to work and still receive medical benefits and, in some cases, SSDI benefits and SSI payments from Social Security.

  1. Learn more about Social Security's Work Incentives available to you
  2. Read our Frequently Asked Questions about the Ticket to Work program
  3. View success stories of people who have used the Ticket program to build a better life and achieve financial independence
  4. Sign up for a free WISE Webinar to learn more about Ticket to Work and Work Incentives
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