It’s easy, when you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, to think that your time as a fully employed adult is over. After all, if your disability was manageable enough to allow you to work full time, you probably wouldn’t have needed to apply for SSDI or SSI benefits in the first place. However, just because you’re unable to work now doesn’t mean you won’t be able to work in the future, and the “Ticket to Work” program is designed with exactly that in mind.
The Ticket to Work program is designed around the principle that most people who are on SSDI or SSI benefits would prefer to be supporting themselves with their own work, rather than being supported by the government. The Ticket to Work program will pay for people receiving SSDI or SSI benefits to receive vocational rehabilitation, link them with employment networks, and provide other assistance necessary to help them find work, free of charge.
To qualify for the Ticket to Work, you only need to meet two criteria: first, you must already be receiving SSDI or SSI benefits, and second, you must be between the ages of 18 and 64. If you meet those criteria, and are interested in getting back to work (or, perhaps, in working for the first time), the Ticket to Work program will help link you with employment networks, vocational rehabilitation facilities, and other services that can help you become self-sufficient. If you want to learn more about the Ticket to Work program, you can find more information here.
If you or a loved one need assistance applying for Social Security Disability benefits, it is important that you seek the guidance of an experienced Social Security Disability benefits lawyer. The lawyers at Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP have over 50 years of combined experience between its attorneys and are available to you or your loved one in obtaining Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. To schedule a consultation with our New York Social Security Disability benefits lawyers, call (631) 823-7155.