Why would you choose work rather than remain on benefits? Many people who go to work find that not only
do they earn more income, but they meet new people, learn new skills and gain greater financial independence.
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Earn more income: With the right opportunities and supports many people can earn a higher standard of living by
going to work and reducing or eliminating their need for benefits.
Meet new people: Many people who receive disability benefits find that they miss the connection with other people available in the work environment.
Going to work can provide the opportunity to meet and interact with new people.
Learn new skills: Going to work can help you improve your skills or learn something new. Not only can you learn new skills at a new job,
but you can also receive training in new skills to help you get the job. For example, depending on the kind of job you’re searching for,
you might need some computer training or other technical training. Even if you are going to return to the same job that you had before
you became disabled, you may need to learn how to do that job differently.
Gain financial independence: You can gain more independence. After you test your ability to work, with safety nets in place, and determine that
you are able to work and increase your earnings, you may find that you can earn enough to replace your cash benefits with
income from your job. At that point, you will no longer have to report to Social Security where you are working,
how much you're earning, when you work or when you stop working. With freedom from those reporting responsibilities,
you will also have the independence to make decisions about where and how you want to live your life.