A Ticket to Work Defined
The government created the Ticket to Work, which an employment support program for people with disabilities. The program serves those who are receiving Social Security Disability and who are interested in starting full or part-time work or increasing the work they already do. The goal of the Ticket to Work program is to increase opportunities for Social Security Disability beneficiaries to access vocational rehabilitation towards part- or full-time employment. The Ticket also assists in connecting the disabled person with other support services from public and private providers, employers, and other organizations.
Each provider group that administers services under the Ticket to Work is called an Employment Network . Each network receives government funding, including performance-based compensation. That is they receive payments when you, the ticket-holder, achieve certain employment-related milestones or outcomes.
How to Use a Ticket to Work
First of all the Ticket to Work program is voluntary. You are not required to use the Ticket to Work just because the Social Security Administration issues you one. However, it is a great opportunity.
If you are given a Ticket to Work, you’re encouraged to contact the Ticket to Work Operations Support Manager to learn about the various Employer Networks in your area and to select one. If, after considering your work experience, skills, disability, age, and location, the Network decides to accept your ticket, it will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help you find and maintain employment. Employment Networks are not required to serve everyone who selects them. They can elect which specific services they want to offer, which people they are capable of serving, and in which geographical area they will work. At any time, you can switch to another Employment Network or the Employment Network can end its agreement with you. For more information about Social Security’s return-to-work incentives, see our article “Can I Keep Getting Benefits When I Am Working on Social Security Disability?”