Laptop with TTW logoWhat is Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program? You asked, we answered. If you are age 18 through 64, receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI/SSI) and want to work, the Ticket Program can help you reach your employment goals! Learn how to get started.

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What is Social Security's Ticket to Work Program?

Aug 19, 2021

Laptop with TTW logoReady to work but not sure where to start? If you're searching for support on your path to work, you're in the right place. Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program can help you reach your employment goals!

The Ticket Program is a good fit for people who want to improve their earning potential and are committed to preparing for long-term success in the workforce. It connects you with free employment services to help you decide if working is right for you, prepare for work, find a job and be successful at work.

Am I Qualified?

The Ticket Program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI/SSI) and want to work. If you qualify for this free and voluntary program, you will work with service providers to receive the supports and services you need to find and maintain employment.

Get the facts about Ticket to Work!

Ready to work and looking for support on your employment journey? Check out our fact sheet that tells you what you need to know to get started.

You may have received a paper Ticket in the mail, but you don't need a paper Ticket to participate! The service provider you select will verify your eligibility. You can also find out your eligibility status by calling 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.

You may have received a paper Ticket in the mail, but you don't need a paper Ticket to participate! The service provider you select will verify your eligibility. You can also find out your eligibility status by calling 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.

Where Do I Start?

If you decide to participate, getting started is easy! First, give the Ticket to Work Help Line a call. Our customer service representatives will explain how the program works and answer your questions or address concerns you might have and send you a list of service providers who can help.

You can also use the Find Help tool to get a customized list of providers that are available to help you. Learn more about how to choose a service provider that's right for you at Your Path to Work: Ready to Work.

Looking for more support?

Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA) projects are organizations authorized by Social Security to provide free benefits counseling to eligible Social Security disability beneficiaries to help you make informed choices about work.

Have a disability related employment issue? Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) organizations represent eligible beneficiaries to remove barriers to successful employment and will help you understand your rights regarding conditions of employment.

The next step is deciding what kind of service provider is right for you. Authorized Ticket Program service providers, such as Employment Networks (EN) or your state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency, provide services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, job placement assistance and training. The service provider you choose will serve as an important part of your "employment team" to help you on your journey to financial independence.

Depending on your needs, you may choose to work with either an EN or your state VR agency. This worksheet provides important questions for you to consider when making your decision.

Concerned about long-term support? Many people find they need continued support once the state VR agency closes their case. That's where an EN may be able to help by providing the continued support you need. This arrangement, known as Partnership Plus, can help you make a smooth transition to your new working life.  

With Ticket to Work, there's always someone in your corner. Finding and maintaining employment can feel like a complicated journey, but you don't have to do it alone.

What's Next?

Ready to get started on your path to employment? Here are some actions you can take right now to learn more about the Ticket Program and other Social Security's Work Incentives:

  1. Learn more about Social Security Work Incentives available to you.
  2. Read our Frequently Asked Questions about the Ticket Program.
  3. View success stories of beneficiaries who have used the Ticket Program to improve their lives and achieve financial independence.
  4. Sign up for a free WISE Webinar to learn more about the Ticket Program and other Work Incentives.
  5. Opt in to receive information via text about the Ticket Program by texting the word "TICKET" to 474747. You can opt out at any time.

    Opt in to receive information via text about the Ticket Program by texting the word "TICKET" to 474747. You can opt out at any time.

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