NDEAM logoThis year, NDEAM's theme is Increasing Awareness and Opportunity. Did you know there are organizations waiting to help you connect to job opportunities in your community or online? Learn how Social Security's Ticket to Work Program and service providers can provide the support you need to succeed in the workforce.

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#NDEAM75: Increasing Access and Opportunity

Oct 6, 2020

NDEAM logoThis year, we celebrate several disability milestones, including the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the 100th anniversary of Vocational Rehabilitation and the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

Every October, disability organizations pause to recognize how far we've come in advancing disability employment. Can you imagine life for people with disabilities 75 years ago? Many lived in institutions and many more were told they could never work. We've changed that message, but there is still more to do.

This year's NDEAM theme is Increasing Access and Opportunity. Generally speaking, many employers hiring people with disabilities, find that employees:

  • Have great work ethic
  • Have low turnover rates
  • Bring about increased revenue; by including people with disabilities in the workforce, many business and organizations see an increase in customers with disabilities and their family members.

Attention employers!

Are you looking for qualified candidates who are ready to work? Connect with a local or national Ticket Program service provider and share your open positions! Use the Find Help tool to find providers and start reaching out today.

And there is an abundance of qualified people with disabilities looking for employment. Now is the time to connect these job seekers, like you, to employers who are ready to hire.

That's where a Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program service provider can help. Every day, our service providers connect people ages 18 through 64 who receive disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) with the tools they need to succeed in the workforce, including:

  • Resume development
  • Job placement assistance
  • Practice interviews
  • And so much more!
NDEAM 2020 poster

This NDEAM, set a goal for yourself to find the right Ticket Program service provider that best fits your needs. Use the Find Help tool or 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.

This NDEAM, set a goal for yourself to find the right Ticket Program service provider that best fits your needs. Use the Find Help tool or 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.

Interested in learning more about the Ticket Program? Attend this month's Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar! Already have a service provider? Discuss with a Benefits Counselor how working may affect your benefits and a plan to make your transition to the workplace as smooth as possible. Finalize your resume and apply for a certain number of jobs. Or connect with someone in your network who might be able to help.

How are you celebrating NDEAM? Let us know in the comments or use #NDEAM75 on social media to share!

About Ticket to Work

There's a lot to consider when job searching, and it can be tough to do everything on your own. Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) 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.

By participating in the Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program, you'll have access to a wide variety of services from Ticket Program service providers that offer free short-term and long-term supports to help you find and maintain employment. Contact the Help Line or visit choosework.ssa.gov today!

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If you're interested in receiving text messages from the Ticket Program, please text TICKET to 474747. Standard messaging rates may apply. We'll send updates from our blog, identify steps on the path to employment and more. We hope you'll find this new way to stay in touch helpful. You can opt out at any time.

If you're interested in receiving text messages from the Ticket Program, please text TICKET to 474747. Standard messaging rates may apply. We'll send updates from our blog, identify steps on the path to employment and more. We hope you'll find this new way to stay in touch helpful. You can opt out at any time.

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