While many people have permanent disabling conditions that prevent them from working or returning to work, some individuals may be able to work again if their disability is temporary. They may also be able to work despite the disability but in a different position or industry than the one they previously worked in. While it may seem difficult to find work, individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits could participate in the Ticket to Work program.
This program is provided by the Social Security Administration and offers free employment services. These services can help interested individuals determine whether they could feasibly return to work, and if they can, the program could also assist them in preparing to return to work and find a job. It is important to note that while individuals receiving SSDI qualify for this free program, there is no obligation for benefits recipients to participate.
The goal of this program is to reduce or even completely remove the need for SSDI financial benefits. As a result, when participating in the program, the SSA expects individuals to meet certain milestones, including the following:
- Working at a specific earnings level
- Completing certain training or educational requirements
- Making timely progress toward employment, reducing SSDI payments and possibly eliminating the need for payments entirely
Starting work or returning to work can be nerve-wracking for those with disabling conditions. Still, employment often brings a sense of purpose that numerous individuals crave. If Social Security Disability Insurance recipients are interested in the Ticket to Work program, they may wish to gain more information about how it could apply to their specific cases.