Posted by Lucy Lazarony Mar 12 2015
Do you know a stroke survivor who is 64 years old or younger, who receives Social Security benefits due to a disability and who wants to get back to work?
The Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program can help by providing career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement assistance.
This free program provides career development assistance to anyone aged 18 to 64 who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) because of a disability.
Ticket to Work can help a stroke survivor decide if working is right for them, prepare a stroke survivor for work, help a stroke survivor find a job and help a stroke survivor be successful on the job.
To get started, call the Ticket to Work helpline at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
A customer service rep will explain the program, answer any questions, verify eligibility and offer to mail you a list of service providers to assist you in getting back in the work force.
Through Ticket to Work, a stroke survivor can work with an employment network or a state vocational rehabilitation agency or both, depending on their needs.
For example, a stroke survivor could begin with a rehab agency and then receive employment assistance through one of Ticket to Work’s employment networks.
Ticket to Work provides this online tool for searching for employment networks in a stroke survivor’s local area. You can answer questions about work goals and work history and be given a recommended list of service providers or you can do a search by zip code and state.
As part of the Ticket to Work program, you agree to work for a specified income level and complete necessary education or training requirements.
By participating in the Ticket to Work program, you also are working toward attaining greater financial independence, including reducing your financial dependence on Social Security benefits.
The Ticket to Work program includes work incentives that may allow a stroke survivor to keep his or her Medicaid or Medicare coverage, and choose from part-time and work-from-home alternatives.
For more information on work incentives, register for a free online webinar held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. You may also wish to review The Red Book, a reference source on work incentives from Social Security Online.
To learn about how other people with disabilities have used Ticket to Work to re-start their careers, check out these video success stories.
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