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A New Ticket Talk Podcast Episode: Protection and Advocacy for You!

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Would you like to have a better understanding of your rights as a Social Security beneficiary? Do you think you may have been discriminated against because of your disability? Do you want to know how you can go about requesting reasonable accommodations to help you function more effectively on the job? In our newest Ticket Talk episode, we spoke with the Director of a Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security organization who answered some of those questions!

The Protection & Advocacy (P&A) network is the nation's largest provider of legal and advocacy services for people with disabilities. Social Security's P&A Program, known as Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS), serves Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who want to work. PABSS organizations are responsible for protecting the legal rights of Social Security disability beneficiaries by providing information, advocacy, legal representation, and other support services.

This podcast features Lillie Lowe-Reid, PABSS Director of Disability Rights New Jersey. As a PABSS advocate, she represents eligible beneficiaries to remove barriers hindering successful employment. Lowe-Reid explains the advocacy and support that individuals with a disability may need to secure, retain or re-gain employment.  Some of these services may include vocational rehabilitation, requesting reasonable accommodations, support navigating other related organizations and services to support their efforts to work and protect their rights. You will also hear some common questions asked by other beneficiaries and a few real-life cases from Disability Rights New Jersey.

If you receive disability benefits and you want to work, or you feel like you may have been discriminated against or need assistance with accommodations, listening to this episode may help answer your questions so you may start on the road to financial independence. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

Ticket to Work helps people with disabilities transition from benefits to employment. For more information on Ticket to Work, visit or call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1- 866-833-2967 (TTY).

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Pam says:
May 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Applied for disabilty, after 20 years of having bad neck spine could not lift more then 5 pounds.IT took 3 years was denied 2005,at this time i had enough work credits, plus more that were not recorded , from small business with ex husband WA 1990 through 1995, had so much documents 3 doctors siad i could not do smae type of work, still denied.2010 was granted SSI, had been seeing doctors all this time.What happen to my work credits, should have been gieven a choice at that tome to be retrained.Would like to go to work could nort work full time, also there are bad days cannot work at all.Wish someone would correct my work credtis, had enough when i aplied, have worked since age 14, waitressed most of my life, have haD 5  children which father and i payed for not the state.You should offer people who cannot return to same type of work to be retrained then, not 12 years later, want mu SSDI US Citizen, if i had had my ssdi could have chosse a different type of Doctors'

vze48vw8 says:
May 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I want a ticket to work

Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
May 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Hi Pam, we’re sorry to hear about your difficulties, and we want to help. We encourage you to contact the Ticket to Work Help Line where a knowledgeable representative will be able to speak with you about your personal situation. They can discuss working and benefits with you, and help you decide what to do next as you think about working. The number to call is 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 8:00PM ET. We hope this helps!

Choose-Work-Blog-Staff says:
May 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Hi Victor, we’re glad to hear you are interested in Ticket to Work! If you are an SSDI or SSI beneficiary ages 18 through 64, the Ticket to Work program can help you! The program connects you with a service provider that will provide you free career services such as career counseling and job placement. You can learn more about the program on our website at You can also speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives at the Ticket to Work Help Line about your personal situation. The number to call is 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 8:00PM ET. We hope this helps!