Access to Employment Support Services for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Who Want to Work
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Section 503 for Federal Contractors

The 2014 changes to the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 set a national utilization goal of 7% for employment of individuals with disabilities. Thus, many federal contractors are increasing their efforts to recruit and hire qualified candidates with disabilities. Recently, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) posted a new tool designed to help contractors assess their compliance with the affirmative action program (AAP) requirements of Section 503. OFCCP has also posted a video for educating employees with disabilities about the importance of self-identifying as a person with a disability.

Learn more about Section 503 in our Section 503 Frequently Asked Questions or listen to our Ticket Talk podcast, New Revised Regulations Create a Brighter Future for You, which highlights a few facts about the new regulations that every Social Security disability beneficiary who is exploring their work options should know.

The Ticket program can help you connect with more than 340,000 candidates with disabilities who want to work.

About Ticket to Work

Social Security’s Ticket to Work 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.

Learn More

To learn more about the Ticket program, visit You can also call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket program Find Help tool.