Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SSA Ticket to Work

Ticket to Work
Much of who we are can be attributed to the things we do. In many ways, our identity and standing in society is inextricably linked to being employed. Among the many stigmas that are prevalent in America, there has long been a disgrace associated with people who do not work.

Certainly, there are some people who choose not to work, opting to utilize public welfare services as much as possible. And they probably have their reasons for choosing a couch over a desk. However, there are millions of Americans whose ability to work has been hindered by a disability. Those who are unable to work rely heavily on the Social Security Administration (SSA) in order to get by, taking advantage of programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicaid.

If you were to ask people who collect such benefits if they wish they were working, the majority would say "yes." Most of the people who can't work, wish they could. But even if they picked up some part time work to improve the quality of life, many fear that they will lose access to SSA public health programs. While that may be true in some cases, there is a program available from the SSA that gives people the tools for reentering employment and still access their benefits.

Ticket to Work is program that links people with free employment services to help them:
  • Decide if working is right for them.
  • Prepare for work.
  • Find a job or maintain success while they are working.
If you would like to reenter the workforce, we encourage you to investigate Ticket to Work. It could be a life changing experience, bringing with it the fulfillment of having a job and contributing to society once again. Please take a few minutes and watch the video below to learn how it works:

If you are having trouble watch please click here.

Stephanie Merritt Driscoll is an attorney in Southern California who can help you navigate the waters of accessing SSA benefits, such as SSDI or SSI.

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