Librarians and library staff play an important role connecting people with disabilities to resources - including employment resources. Learn how sharing the Ticket to Work program can help.

Ticket to Work: Free Employment Support Services for People with Disabilities

Social Security's Ticket to Work program recognizes the important roles that librarians and library staff play in connecting members of the community with information. Based on research we conducted, we learned that many people who receive disability benefits use their local libraries for assistance. We want to pay close attention to one resource in particular - jobs.

The 14 million people who receive disability benefits from Social Security are eligible for a free and voluntary program called Ticket to Work, a nationwide program which offers employment services to help those beneficiaries ages 18 through 64 find and keep a job. A network of service providers, called Employment Networks, offer those free employment support services to beneficiaries, as do the state vocational rehabilitation agencies where they reside. Social Security asks for your help in making sure people with disabilities seeking information about employment know about this program.

How can they learn more? The Ticket to Work program has a toll-free number that beneficiaries can call to get more information. The program also has a website filled with success stories, tutorials, and a Find Help tool that puts the power into the beneficiaries' hands to find a provider that's right for them. This information is listed here.

Toll-free number:

1-866-968-7842 (V)
1-866-833-2967 (TTY)
M-F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST

1-866-968-7842 (V)
1-866-833-2967 (TTY)
M-F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST

Website:

https://choosework.ssa.gov

You can also download materials from our website. These materials include accessible videos that explain Ticket to Work using both animation and American Sign Language, wallet cards in English and Spanish, flyers and posters. To download these free materials, visit the Ticket to Work Service Provider Toolkit.

Need help understanding all the Ticket terms?  We have also developed a Ticket Dictionary that provides you and your patrons with a detailed explanation of all terms associated with the Ticket to Work program.

You can also keep in contact with the Ticket to Work program through our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.

The Ticket to Work program appreciates the many ways librarians are able to contribute and provide employment assistance to the disability population.  As you consider other ways of connecting with people with disabilities regarding employment, consider how the Ticket to Work program can assist you.