Disabled Employment Programs
Below are resources funded at the state and federal level which help assist disabled Americans seeking active employment.
- Ticket to Work Program – Administered by the Social Security Administration, the Ticket to Work Program helps disabled Americans explore work options, including work-related services, vocational rehabilitation and more, without immediately losing their benefits while looking for or securing work. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries receive a "Ticket" to obtain these services. For more information, visit here.
- Trial Work Period. – Administered by the SSDI, the trial work period allows you to work for at least 9 months without losing disability benefits, regardless of how much you earn as long as the work activity is reported and you continue to have a disability. For more information, visit here.
- Extended Period of Eligibility – After your trial work period, you have 36 months during which you can work and still receive benefits for any month your earnings are not "substantial." The Social Security administration considers earnings over $1,010 ($1,690 if you are blind) to be substantial. If you lose your job during the 36-month extended period, you will need to contact the Administration to get your benefits reinstated, with the caveat being that you are still disabled.
- Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) – PASS allows individuals to use their income to reach a work goal. This can include setting aside funds to go back to school, obtain training for a job or to start a business. Provided under Security and Supplemental Security Income programs, the goal is to help individuals earn enough money to reduce or eliminate their need for benefits. For more information, visit here.
- Schedule A and Federal Employment Program with Disabilities – Individuals with disabilities are eligible for positions within the Federal government and to apply to agencies merit promotion announcements. To qualify for Schedule A, individuals must be certified by counselors of State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies or the Department of Veterans Affairs as having a severe disability and able to perform the duties of the position. For more information, visit here.
For more work resources provided by the SSDI and SSI, visit here.