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Ticket to Work


Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people with disabilities who want to work. Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 qualify. The Ticket to Work program is free and voluntary and exists specifically to help people with disabilities progress toward financial self-sufficiency. The program is a good fit for people who would like to improve their earning potential and who are committed to preparing for long-term success in the workforce.  Choosing to work can be life-changing. The Ticket to Work program and Work Incentives allow individuals with disabilities to keep their benefits while they explore employment, receive vocational support and gain work experience.

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency employs a Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) at the Cayuga Works Career Center. The DRC is fully credentialed as a Work Incentives Practitioner. These credentials allow her to provide benefits planning and advisement to SSDI/SSI beneficiaries including the impact of work on their benefits.

There are several common myths about how working will affect disability benefits and health care coverage. Click on the links below to learn the facts!

MYTH #1: If I try to go to work, I will automatically lose my Medicare or Medicaid.

MYTH #2: If I use my Ticket to go to work, Social Security will conduct a medical review of my case, and I will lose my benefits.

MYTH #3: If my checks stop because I go to work and then I have to stop working because of my disability, I will have to reapply for benefits all over again. It took me forever to be approved for benefits and I cannot afford to wait that long again. As a result, I should not try to work.

For more information about the Ticket to Work program, please contact:
Emily Tortorici
Disability Resource Coordinator
Cayuga Works Career Center
199 Franklin St., Suite 204
Auburn, NY 13021
(315) 253-1013

The DEI program is partially funded by the US Department of Labor and is administered by the NYS Department of Labor. The New York State Department of Labor, as the operator of the Disability Employment Initiative, is an Equal Opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
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