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The goal of the Ticket to Work Program is to give disability beneficiaries the opportunity to achieve steady, long-term employment by providing them greater choices and opportunities to go to work if they choose to do so.

  • Ticket to Work is a voluntary employment-related Program.  A beneficiary is free to choose whether or not to use the Ticket as well as when to use it.  If the beneficiary decides to use it, he/she takes it to a participating Employment Network in his/her local area or he/she can take it to a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.
  • A beneficiary can only assign his/her ticket to one agency at a time.  A beneficiary can change agencies if he/she is not satisfied with the services as long as he/she informs the Social Security Adminstration that he/she wishes to do so and why, in writing.
  • Once a ticket holder identifies the agency that he/she wants to assign his/her ticket to, the ticket-holder talks with and develops a written individual work plan with the agency.  After this is done, the ticket is considered "in use".
  • When a beneficiary's ticket is in use, NO Medical Continuing Disability Reviews take place, as long as the beneficiary demonstrates he/she is making "timely progress" and/or working to meet the goals identified in his/her individual work plan.  Demonstrating timely progress allows ticket holders to continue to benefit from suspension of their continuing disability reviews.
Who is eligible to receive a ticket through this program?  People who are:

  • 18 years or older and have not reached age 65
  • Title II disability beneficiaries (some exceptions)
  • in "current pay status" for monthy Title II cash benefits based on disability (some exceptions)
  • receiving monthly Federal cash benefits based on a disability or blindness under Title XVI are not suspended and;
  • cases not under medical review for expected improvement or
  • cases where no final determination or decision on continued eligibility has been made

What services will OEI offer to Ticket-holders?

  • career consulting and strategies
  • case management
  • job/employment services referrals
  • post-employment support
  • referral to services/support from local mental health or developmental disabilities providers

Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) program recently published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to aid Social Security beneficiaries as they search for employment with federal contractors.

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act: Working for a Federal Contractor, is available for download.

Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) program recently released the new resource, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act: Working for a Federal Contractor. Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that federal contractors and subcontractors – companies doing business with the federal government – take affirmative action to recruit, hire, employ, promote, and retain qualified people with disabilities.

For Assistance,
call Denise Leftwich or Jessica Harlan

OEI Employment Network