Some of the individuals who receive Social Security Disability benefits would like, at some point in the future, to return to the workforce and be able to support themselves and their families through gainful employment. The Social Security Administration helps disabled individuals obtain employment through programs like Ticket to Work.
The Ticket to Work program is a voluntary program that helps disabled people make progress towards financial self-sufficiency. Ticket to Work offers Social Security Disability beneficiaries access to specialized services such as vocational rehabilitation, career counseling and job training and placement. These services are offered through state-run agencies.
If you decide to participate in the Ticket to Work program, you and a representative of the agency that you are working with must fill out SSA Form 1365. The information on this form will help the SSA understand what type of job or career you are trying to obtain and what your vocational goals are. Once this form is filed, the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency that you are working with can help you begin to pursue your work goals.
While you are participating in the Ticket to Work program, your Social Security Disability benefits are not at risk. Participating in the Ticket to Work program does not mean that the SSA will determine that you are no longer disabled nor will they cease your Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. In fact, medical reviews will not be conducted while a Social Security Disability recipient is participating in the SSA’s Ticket to Work program.