Hear real stories from actual Social Security disability beneficiaries on how they took advantage of the free employment services provided by the Ticket to Work program to put themselves on the path to a better future.

Success Stories

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Stepping Stones
The journey to employment is different for every job seeker. Often the path is not a straight line and is filled with detours and setbacks. But even if you haven't reached your goal yet, each stepping stone that brings you closer deserves celebration. Check out our Stepping Stones series to learn how individuals have made progress toward financial independence through work.

Social Security has the authority to change the earnings amounts used to define Trial Work Level (TWL) earnings and Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) on an annual basis. As a result, the TWL and SGA amounts included in these success stories may be outdated. Current levels and amounts used for various Social Security Work Incentives are found in the Social Security Red Book.

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Once Shirley was able to control her narcolepsy and depression, she wasn't sure how to return to work.

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At 38, Lori has come a long way from the little girl who was paralyzed with fear. Today, she works for Employment Options as a Senior Marketing Liaison.

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After a car accident, David wasn’t sure how he could return to work with a disability. He turned to Ticket to Work, and his Employment Network was able to help him create a plan.

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Meet Andraea, a 30-year-old woman with muscular dystrophy who serves as a role model for girls with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital.

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Laura, who experienced cancer and a leg amputation, found the support, resources and services she needed to pursue her goal to help other people with limb loss.

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Robert is a Veteran who had questions about employment and disabilities. With the help of Ticket to Work, he's now employed, financially independent and helping other Veterans.

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Vilmarie is an energetic 26-year-old young woman who worked in retail until multiple sclerosis disrupted her life. Through the Ticket to Work program and its supports, she was able to return to work.

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Ticket to Work helped Angel transition to the civilian workforce after a medical retirement from the military.

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Through volunteer work and the Ticket to Work program, Jesus, who has spina bifida, found passion for working with others and created a path to success and full-time work.

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Cherie found success with her Ticket. Learn about the role of work in her mental health recovery.

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An internship and support from Ticket to Work helped Larry develop soft skills and achieve his career goals.

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Meet Rob, a former small business owner who returned to work and regained financial independence after experiencing renal failure. Learn how Ticket to Work helped him.

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Amy, who has a developmental disability that affects her language, learning and social interactions, found the support and training she needed with her State VR agency and EN to find a job and succeed in the workplace.

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2017 Ticket to Work Successes

Learn more about the 6 individuals we featured in 2017 Ticket to Work success stories, including how Social Security’s Ticket to Work program helped them find the path to work and financial independence.

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Josh is an active young adult with a disability who has seen marked improvements in his life since he decided to participate in the Ticket to Work program.

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Michele, a young adult with a disability, talks about how PASS helped her get an education and reach her career goals.

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Marty used the Ticket to Work program to stay in the construction business after losing a limb to cancer.

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A lifelong mental illness made it difficult for Jason to find employment. Learn how Ticket to Work helped him.

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Rae-Anna is a mother of 3, who had trouble finding work after her car accident. Read how Ticket to Work helped her.

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Once Brenda found the treatments and strategies to manage her mental illness, Ticket to Work helped her find the path to work.

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Peter was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Find out how the Ticket to Work program helped him on the path back to employment.

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Shileta, a young adult with cerebral palsy, used the Ticket to Work program to find a career mentoring others with disabilities.

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Growing up with a developmental disability, Walter was unsure what his employment options would be. But working with a Ticket to Work EN helped him learn the skills he needed to reach 2 goals.