Man and woman at laptopWork is a pathway to discovering your talent, making new friends and becoming financially independent. Have you been away from work because of a disability? Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) program can help. Ticket program service providers are ready to support you on your journey to financial independence and offer free resources to help you succeed in the workplace.

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Finding Help on Your Path to Work

Jun 25, 2020

Man and woman at laptopEvery person deserves an opportunity to work.

Working is a pathway to discovering your talent, making new friends and becoming financially independent.

Many people who've worked in the past but have been away from the workforce due to a disability, miss these aspects of having a job. If this describes you, you may want to look into Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) program. The Ticket program helps people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI/SSDI) achieve their employment goals and pursue financial independence. Through the program, you can connect with an Employment Network (EN), an organization authorized by Social Security to provide a variety of free employment services.

There are hundreds of ENs, so how do you find the one that's right for you? A good place to start is to call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. They can send you a list of ENs that serve your area, either virtually or in person. Another option is to use the Ticket program's Find Help tool to search for an EN on your own.

There are hundreds of ENs, so how do you find the one that's right for you? A good place to start is to call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. They can send you a list of ENs that serve your area, either virtually or in person. Another option is to use the Ticket program's Find Help tool to search for an EN on your own.

When you are ready, you can talk to as many ENs as you like. You and the EN must agree to work together and can decide not to work together, at any time, if the relationship is not good fit. To find one that you will want to work with, here are a few questions to help you choose:

  1. What types of services does the EN provide? Do they offer benefits counseling?
  2. Do they offer virtual support and services? Will you meet over the phone?
  3. Does the EN understand your career goals?
  4. Are they familiar with the supports and accommodations you may need?
  5. What skills do the staff have?
  6. Has the staff worked with other people who have employment needs like yours?
  7. Can they provide references from other clients?

Choosing the right EN is the first step on your path to getting the services and support that will help you along your employment journey and progress toward meeting your goals.

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