Some people in Ohio who qualify for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) may find that they could return to work if they had the right guidance and some help. On the other hand, they may recall how difficult it was to obtain their SSDI benefits and may not want to attempt reentering the workforce and risk losing their disability benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) understands their concerns and has developed a program that allows disabled workers to begin the path back to working and earning a living. The program is designed to permit these disabled workers to try working and maintain their SSDI benefits. The Ticket to Work program provides important job counseling, rehabilitation training, referrals and other help disabled workers need to find and maintain a job.
Many beneficiaries of the SSDI program know that there are income limits and that if they earn more than $1,040 per month, they lose their benefits. This creates much fear and uncertainty among the disabled as to how they can improve their income without losing their benefits.
The SSA’s Ticket to Work program offers them a safe means of trying out whether they are able to reenter working life. This program ensures you retain your benefits for the first nine-month, no matter how much your earn. If you continue to work after that, you receive a special status that allows your return to the SSDI program with full benefits if you decide that you cannot manage the work.
Ticket to Work can enable you to return to work without risking your SSDI benefits and provides you with more than three years of a safety net, with the ability to return to SSDI without the need to reapply for benefits.
Source: AARP.org, “Social Security Ticket to Work Program Helps People Get Off Disability,” Stan Hinden, June 13, 2013