Ticket to Work
Diversified Disability & Vocational Services, Inc. is a member of the American Dream Employment Network (ADEN) which is affiliated with the National Disability Institute (NDI).
Ticket to Work is a federal program that connects beneficiaries of Social Security Administration’s (SSA) SSDI and or SSI ages 18-64 benefits to free employment supports.
Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program supports career development for Social Security disability beneficiaries ages 18 through 64 who want to work. The Ticket Program is free and voluntary. The Ticket Program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence and self-sufficiency. Services provided include:
- Career Counseling
Assessment of Individual interests, talents, skills, experiences and education
- Discussion of vocational goals
- Labor market information to determine availability of goal, entry requirements, and wages in local labor market
Job Search Supports
- Discussion to determine if job skills need improvement and options for increasing job skills
- Develop soft skills, when needed, to enhance employment relationships with co-workers and supervisors
- Assist with developing quality resumes and cover letters and filling out employment applications
- Strategies to find job openings, arranging job shadowing opportunities and attendance at job fairs
- Interviewing skills training
Long-Term Ongoing Employment Support
- Monthly support to help TTW participant maintain job or move up career ladder
Work Incentive and Benefits Advisement
- Everyone has concerns about the impact of a job search and employment on their disability income and their health insurance. You may be receiving other benefits as well—each with their own rules and regulations. The goal of Work Incentive and Benefits advising is to work with you to assess the impact of a job search and employment on those benefits, and the potential for gaining job security and financial stability. You may have other financial goals as well. This is an ongoing process throughout each phase of the entry or re-entry into employment, and throughout the process of providing long-term ongoing employment support.