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Your Questions Answered! June 25th Facebook Questions & Answers (Q&A) Transcript

Following our June 25th WISE Webinar, “Ticket to Work: Free Support Services for Young Adults in Transition,” we took to our Facebook page to answer your disability employment-related questions. We addressed a variety of questions about the Ticket to Work program, Work Incentives and the path to financial independence for youth in transition. Thank you to all who participated, and we hope to see the rest of you next time! Follow us on Facebook ( to receive announcements of future events! If you are interested in work and would like to discuss your situation now, speak with a Ticket to Work representative at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) or find a service provider using our Find Help tool.

Check out the transcripts of the June 25th Facebook Q&A below:

Note: Questions are listed first in each section. Responses from the Ticket to Work experts are labeled “Expert Response.” Additional comments from fans are labeled “Fan Comment (or Fan Response).” Comments from the moderator are labeled “Moderator Comment.” This transcript was recorded from the chat itself and to preserve authenticity, only egregious spelling errors were corrected and some responses were rearranged to group by question. Please excuse any additional grammar or spelling errors.

Below are acronyms used throughout the chat:

EN: Employment Network

SSI: Supplemental Security Income

SSDI: Social Security Disability Insurance

TTW: Ticket to Work

VR: Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

WISE (webinar): Work Incentives Seminar Event


Find Ticket to Work at the Project SEARCH Conference in Omaha, Nebraska July 21-25

From July 21-25, representatives of Social Security’s Ticket to Work program will be attending the 8th annual Project SEARCH Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Project SEARCH works to help young adults with disabilities to develop the skills they need to secure employment. Their school-to-work program immerses high school students in a one-year program that takes place entirely in the workplace. Since 1996, the program has grown to more than 200 sites across the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia.

Each year, the conference offers a variety of workshops presented by Project SEARCH staff, instructors, job coaches, business liaisons, and other partners. This year’s conference will highlight the latest research and strategies for job skills training, student recruitment, technology, and many other techniques and tools that can help young people with disabilities gain skills that can lead to employment.

The Ticket to Work program will present a workshop titled “Using Your Ticket to Work: Help on Your Journey to Financial Independence.” This workshop will describe how Ticket to Work can provide support to youth who receive disability benefits, are in transition, and on the journey toward employment. The workshop will cover the basics of the program, such as eligibility and services available to beneficiaries. Participants will also learn how to use our Find Help tool, which helps users find support along the journey to financial independence.


Register Now! Social Security's Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: July 30, 2014: More Jobs for People with Disabilities: What New Regulations Can Mean for You

Section 503

If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need to transition to financial independence.

The July 30, 2014, national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you, including details about Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 503 is a regulation that prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against people with disabilities and requires these employers to take action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these people with disabilities. The presentation will include information on:  

  • What the changes to Section 503 mean for Social Security disability beneficiaries
  • Tips for self-identification during the application and hiring process
  • How to find and prepare for Section 503 opportunities


Learn about This Year's Updates to the Red Book: Information about Work Incentives and More

Red Book

The Red Book is a comprehensive guide to Work Incentives and other disability-related policies from Social Security, including the Ticket to Work program. Work Incentives can help you become financially independent through work, and the Red Book will helps you understand how. You can use it as a reference if you ever have a question such as:

  • How will earning money through work affect my benefits?
  • What is a Trial Work Period?
  • How can Social Security Work Incentives help me reach a more financially independent future?

There were several important updates to the Red Book in 2014, such as:

  • Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) increased from $1,040 to $1,070. For people who are blind, SGA increased from $1,740 to $1,800
  • The monthly earnings amount used to determine if a month counts for the Trial Work Period month increased to $770
  • Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) benefit rates increased from $710 to $721 per month for an individual and from $1,066 to $1,082 per month for a couple


Find Ticket to Work at the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst Conference in Long Beach July 1-3!

From July 1-3, representatives of Social Security’s Ticket to Work program will be attending the 25th annual Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) National Conference.

For 25 years, APSE has advanced employment and self-sufficiency for people with disabilities through advocacy and education. APSE’s vision is that “[p]eople with all types of disabilities are employed, pursuing careers and building assets just like people without disabilities.” The Ticket to Work program shares that vision, one we are excited to celebrate together at the conference.

APSE offers the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of integrated employment. The conference will bring together business and community leaders from across the country to network and focus on state-of-the-art strategies to ensure equitable employment for citizens with disabilities.


20,000 Facebook Fans and Counting!

Facebook 20K

This week we reached 20,000 fans on our Facebook page! While the number of fans we have is less important than how active our community is, it is an exciting milestone. Since its launch, our Facebook page has allowed us to share important resources and information with you as well as help answer your questions about the program.

Our community is diverse, active and vocal! We hope you keep asking important questions about disability benefits, the Ticket to Work program, other Work Incentives and resources for people living with disabilities and make your opinions heard! We also encourage you to watch for our live question and answer (Q&A) sessions that regularly follow Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE) on Wednesday afternoons.

We will be hosting our next live Facebook Q&A on June 25th at 4:30 PM EST following our WISE webinar, “Ticket to Work: Free Support Services for Young Adults in Transition.” You can also sign up for email updates at to keep abreast on upcoming events.

It’s been a fun ride to 20,000! We want to thank you and all who have “liked” us and took part in our community. Now, help us reach 30,000 by sharing us with your friends!

If you’re not currently a fan, check us out at We would love to hear from you!


Register Now! Social Security's Free Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: June 25, 2014: Ticket to Work: Free Services for Young Adults in Transition

June 2014 WISE Webinar

If you are a young adult Social Security disability beneficiary and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need to transition to financial independence.

The June 25, 2014, free national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you! Join the webinar to learn about Ticket to Work & Work Incentives, questions and answers about working while on benefits, free employment services available to you, and where you can find the help needed to achieve your work goals.  You will hear from Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts about resources especially for young adults in transition:

Immediately following this webinar, log on for our Facebook Question and Answer Session and receive expert answers to your questions about Ticket to Work!

Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).


Survey: How is Your Ticket to Work Employment Network Doing?

Did you know that Social Security is surveying beneficiaries to determine their satisfaction with Employment Networks (ENs)?  The survey will close on June 24, 2014. If you are a beneficiary who received a survey, we are asking you to share your thoughts and experience. You may have already received information about the survey in the mail.

What does the survey ask?

The EN Beneficiary Satisfaction Survey asks you to:

  • Rate how satisfied you are with your EN’s services and staff
  • Identify your EN’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Evaluate how well your EN meets your needs and expectations
  • Describe your job, if you are working
  • Tell us how we can improve the Ticket to Work program

How do I know if I’ve been selected?

Social Security randomly selected more than 27,000 beneficiaries to participate. If you were selected, you were sent a postcard (enclosed in an envelope) with instructions for completing the survey online. If you are not able to complete the survey online because you do not have access to the Internet, you were sent a paper survey along with a postage-paid envelope for its return. If you received a survey and have questions or need assistance completing the survey, call EurekaFacts at 1-855-403-4800 or email EurekaFacts will be conducting the survey on behalf of Social Security. TTY users, please contact your local Relay Center for assistance.


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