Success Stories

  • 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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  • 2017 Ticket to Work Successes – A Year in Review

    Grid image of Sandy, David, Jesus and AmyThe 2017 Ticket to Work Successes – A Year in Review video, highlights each individual featured by Ticket to Work in our 2017 success stories. Find out how they learned about Work Incentives, gained access to supports and services and found the path to financial independence.

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  • Peter's Success Story

    Peter smiling at cameraWhen Peter was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease, he balanced his work schedule and medical treatments. But after a while, Peter had to leave work and focus on his health full time. Find out how the Ticket to Work program helped Peter find a path back to employment when he was ready.

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