What Is the SSA’s Ticket to Work Program?

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability benefits program is designed to support individuals who are unable to work due to a disability that lasts for at least 12 months. Many people think that receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits prevents you from having a job, but that’s not true. Tennessee residents who want to work without compromising their SSDI benefits may want to consider joining the SSA’s Ticket to Work program.

The SSA’s Ticket to Work program offers a lot of advantages, but like most facets of SSDI, it can be confusing to navigate. If you have questions about your eligibility for SSA disability benefits or want assistance with your application or appeal, The Law Offices of Michael Hartup can help. Call our Jackson, Tennessee, office at (731) 424-5559 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. 

What Is the Ticket to Work Program?

The Ticket to Work program gives SSDI beneficiaries the chance to secure meaningful employment without losing their benefits. The Ticket program is completely free and voluntary. It’s open to beneficiaries who want to return to work or enter the workforce for the first time. 

The Ticket program is designed to help beneficiaries transition into the workforce. It offers guidance and support for individuals who want to move toward financial independence without losing their SSDI benefits in the process. Program participants can receive employment assistance and vocational rehabilitation services. The program works with employers to help participants find appropriate work.

You can also take advantage of the SSA’s Trial Work Period (TWP). This gives you the chance to work for up to 9 months (they don’t have to be consecutive) while still receiving your full benefits. You can use this trial period to decide whether working is the right path for you. During the TWP, you can receive your full SSDI benefits regardless of how much income you earn.

Who Is Eligible for the Ticket to Work Program?

The Ticket program is open to SSDI beneficiaries who are between 18 and 64 years old. It’s available to individuals who want to eventually replace their SSDI benefits with their own income. If you aren’t sure whether you’re ready to start your journey to work, this quiz can help you decide.