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Who is eligible for the Ticket to Work program?

You become eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work program when you start receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. These providers, called Employment Networks (ENs), offer specialized services such as career counseling, job placement and training. You may receive services from your local vocational rehabilitation agency as well as ongoing services from an EN.

Everyone age 18­64 who receives SSDI and/or SSI benefits is eligible to participate. Participation in the Ticket program is free and voluntary, and your eligibility will be verified by your service provider. You can also find out about your eligibility status by calling the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1­866­968­7842 (V) or 866­833­2967 (TTY).

If you receive disability benefits from Social Security, then you know that getting those benefits took time, energy and patience. In determining your eligibility for disability benefits, Social Security found that you could not earn enough money to support yourself. However, with the right opportunities and support, many people can earn a higher standard of living by going to work and leaving the benefit rolls. Earning a living through employment is not something everyone can do, but it may be right for you. Many find that the rewards far outweigh the risks.

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