“Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho! It’s Off to Work I Go!”
Snow White’s Seven Dwarves aren’t the only ones ready for a day at the work site! So are you!
You may wonder if you are allowed to work after being found disabled by Social Security. There are limitations and rules to this, but in some cases, yes. Social Security offers the Ticket to Work Program, and typically anyone 18-64 receiving Social Security disability benefits will qualify. You will get help in preparing for, finding, and keeping a job and in return you will work at a specified earning level OR complete certain educational or training requirements.
Here are some main points to consider:
- Check eligibility by calling the Ticket to Work Program
- Review the list sent to you of Employment Networks or Vocational Rehabilitation agencies to work with as your service provider
- Develop a plan with your service provider to set your work goals
- If you are in the Ticket to Work Program, are making progress in your work goals, and have not yet received a Continuing Disability Review (CDR) notice, Social Security will not conduct a CDR
- If you do not feel you can work, you do NOT have to participate in the program and you will not be penalized
- You will NOT lose your disability benefits while in the Ticket to Work program unless you start earning Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)(this is a monthly amount of gross earnings set by the Federal government)
- If your benefits are cut off for earning SGA, and then you cannot work again because of your disability, you can apply to get them back through Expedited Reinstatement for up to 5 years after your benefits were cut off
Going back to work can be a worthwhile and fulfilling opportunity, providing additional financial security and independence. However, if you are unsure, we are happy to guide you or connect you to resources for more information. Our attorneys can help you feel like saying…..
“I’m sure I’ll get along somehow. Everything’s going to be alright”. – Snow White