Success Stories

  • Hazel's Success Story

    Hazel smiling at cameraAfter years of struggling with her mental health and addiction, Hazel found the support she needed to create a path to recovery and work towards financial independence. This success story details Hazel's journey to full-time work and how Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program helped her find her path to a better future and achieve her goals.

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  • Johnny's Stepping Stone

    Johnny smilingWhen her granddaughter died, Johnny's grief and clinical depression prevented her from working. She began receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and after more than a decade of focusing on recovery, Johnny sought the help of Ticket to Work in reclaiming her life. Find out how Ticket to Work helped Johnny achieve her goals and work towards financial independence.

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  • Larry's Success Story Follow-Up

    Larry smilingIt's been 6 years since Larry shared his original Ticket to Work success story. Work has given Larry a source of comfort, achievement, stability, and a more engaged life in his community. As Larry and his family reflect on his path to work, they express gratitude for the growth he's experienced. Find out where Larry is now and how work has enriched his life.

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  • Matt's Success Story

    Matt smiling at cameraMatt began receiving SSDI when hearing loss interfered with consistent employment, but he was eager to have a fulfilling career and become financially independent. Thanks to the Ticket program, Matt had people in his corner who helped him work towards finding fulfilling employment. Find out how Matt received the help he needed to succeed at work.

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  • Chris' Stepping Stone

    Chris smiling at cameraStepping Stones stories celebrate the progress that individuals have made as they pursue the path to financial independence through work. In Chris' story, learn how benefits counseling and Social Security Work Incentives helped Chris, who has quadriplegia, start working with confidence.

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  • Shirley's Success Story

    Shirley smiling at cameraIt took several years and a combination of strategies and treatments for Shirley to manage her narcolepsy and depression. Once she did, though, she knew she wanted to return to work, and Ticket to Work helped her reach her goals.

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  • Angel's Success Story

    Angel smiling at cameraAfter being issued a medical retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Angel was unsure of his options for employment as he focused on recovering his health from injuries and cancer. A job offer from a federal contractor and support and services from the Ticket to Work program gave him the confidence he needed to return to work.

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  • Brenda's Success Story

    Brenda smiling at cameraAfter Brenda was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, she spent nearly a decade learning how to manage the symptoms of her mental illness. Once she found the right combination of treatments and strategies for her, Brenda felt she was ready to work. Learn how Social Security's Ticket to Work program helped her find the path to employment.

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  • Laura's Success Story

    Laura smiling at cameraAfter experiencing cancer as a teen and needing her leg amputated, 15-year-old Laura was unsure about how she'd succeed returning to school and pursuing her goals. Through a combination of her family, a mentor, alternative learning school, and supports from Social Security's Ticket to Work program, Laura found the resources and services she needed to succeed.

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  • Walter's Success Story

    Picture of Walter smiling at the cameraWalter had wanted to work on the campus of Cornell University after first seeing it as a kid, but he was also unsure how his developmental disability would affect his employment opportunities. Find out how Walter’s Ticket to Work service provider helped him learn skills he needed to succeed.

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