Ticket to Work

Support for People with Disabilities Who Want to Work

The right job can change your life, especially for a person with a disability. If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary who wants to work, Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program may be right for you!

Roxanne works for the NYS Department of Education

Roxanne has worked for the New York State Department of Education since 2004, with ongoing support from her CAREERS Employment Specialist.

Terry A., a 52 year-old mother of three, was receiving Social Security benefits due to a disability. As she started to feel better, Terry realized that she wanted to go back to work to give her a sense of purpose and to make more money. Ticket to Work provided her the support she needed to go to work, while protecting her Medicare coverage and access to cash benefits when she needed them. According to Terry, “I was feeling stronger…and I was ready to go back to work. I’ve been back in the workforce for 3 ½ years now, and it feels wonderful. I wake up in the morning, and I can’t wait to go to work, because I know that I’m a valuable person. I’m a valuable employee. I like what I do, and I feel healthy again.”

The Ticket to Work program supports career development for people with disabilities.

Terry’s story is not uncommon. Thousands of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries have found work through the Ticket to Work program and are building brighter, financially independent futures.

The Ticket program is a good fit for people who want to improve their earning potential and who are committed to preparing for long-term success in the workforce. Ticket to Work offers beneficiaries with disabilities access to meaningful employment with the assistance of Ticket to Work employment service providers. If you are ready to go to work, CAREERS can help!

While you explore employment, receive vocational rehabilitation and gain work experience, some of your cash benefits and your Medicaid or Medicare often continue. This is the case throughout your transition to work. And there are provisions in place to help you return to benefits if you find you are unable to continue working due to your disability. Social Security’s Red Book, updated yearly and available online, describes in detail the provisions that are available to you.


CAREERS can help you take the next step.

In Putnam and northern Westchester, call CAREERS at (845) 225-8007 or email [email protected].

In lower Westchester, call (914) 741-8500 or email [email protected].