Earn a Better Future.
Our trained, experienced team will help you find the job that’s right for you. They’ll stay with you throughout the entire process, helping you understand and manage your benefits so that you can focus on what’s important — your new job.
Easy Benefit Management
Understanding your social security medical & cash benefits can be confusing when considering employment. We have a dedicated Benefits Counselor on staff that will help you understand your options as you enter the workforce.
The Social Security Ticket to Work program is designed to help you transition to employment. During your transition, work incentives help you keep your benefits as you try employment. There are built-in protections in the Ticket to Work program to help you quickly and easily get back on your benefits if your disability gets worse.
Wondering how to maintain your job long-term once you get it? Our entire Ability360 Employment Services team is able to give you the information and resources to guide you through:
- Asking for accommodations in your workplace
- How to maintain your finances
- How to pick the right health plan for you and your family
- And so much more!
To be eligible for the Ticket to Work program you must be
- Currently receiving SSI or SSDI cash benefits from SSA
- Between the ages of 18 and 64
- Zero felonies or misdemeanors on record
- Cannot have an open case with Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- Must have at least a high school diploma or GED
- Have a goal to be financially independent and work off cash benefits
I have gotten to know and work with some pretty terrific, knowledgeable individuals. I feel very fortunate knowing that if I am ever faced with a question regarding my rights as an individual with a disability, I can pick up the phone and get accurate, trustworthy information.
The Ability360 staff was amazing. Having all those emotions that I’ve never had before, it almost made me want to stay on disability and hide. And I know, I’m pretty sure a lot of people feel that way. It almost made me not want to try the program, but I had this desire to get back to work. So they [the Ability360 staff] were amazing because they followed up with me, they guided me, they gave me the tools I needed to get back in the workforce.
Why work with us?
Helping People Return to Work Since 2002
- Our staff has over 20 years of combined experience helping people return to work
- Many of our staff members have been on disability benefits and are successful graduates of the Ticket to Work program
- We have a Community Work Incentives Coordinator who is certified through Virginia Commonwealth University to assist with Benefits Counseling
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Frequently Asked Questions
If I use my Ticket to Work, will I lose my cash benefits from SSA?
No. Your cash benefits are safe for 105 months as long as you continue to have your disability. For Medicare, it is 102. The Ticket to Work Program is all about giving you a chance to work without fear of work impacting your eligibility for benefits. There are series of “work incentives” to help you achieve self-supporting employment over time. Unfortunately, they are complicated to navigate. But being registered with Ability360 helps guide you through it for all that time.
What services do you provide to me while my Ticket is assigned to your EN?
- Career Planning
- Benefits Counseling and Income Reporting to SSA
- Job Search Assistance
- Resume and Cover Letter Development
- Employment Coaching
- Coordinating Training Opportunities for Advancement in a Career
- Post-Employment Services to help you retain a job
How do I explain a long period of unemployment?
This is probably the biggest barrier for applicants with disabilities to get hired. Almost everyone has a significant gap since they worked. The answer is always the same: “I was handling personal matters, but this is how I have kept my skills current.” Your disability is a personal matter just like building a home, raising children, caring for an elderly parent, etc. Employers are less concerned about the gap than about whether you have the current skills to do the job they need done. But then you have to have the skills. If your skills need updating, there are training opportunities available to you, usually at no cost. Perhaps your skills are very good. We can test you for that. Your high scores go right on your resume, thus negating the issue of current skills.
Why should I use Ability360’s Ticket to Work service?
Why not? It is a free service from employment services professionals who have been helping people on SSDI get back into a well-paying job since 2002. In addition to helping you find and keep a good job, we also help you manage your benefits so you can focus on your job and not worrying about what SSA is doing. We know who to call, what to request, and how to advise you on all aspects of navigating the workforce but also staying out of trouble with SSA.
What if I try this but find I just cannot sustain it?
No harm. You continue to keep your benefits just as they are now. There is no harm from at least trying to work.
Does it matter if I work full-time or part-time?
Not initially. The Program is structured so you can start off part time and work towards becoming full-time or at least earning a better living than what you are now. Eventually, however, the goal of the program is for you to earn enough on your own that you are much better off working than trying to live on benefits.
How long will it take me to get a job?
We cannot put a set time frame of when you find employment. Each person is different so everyone is treated individually according to all factors to consider, such as your work history, educational attainment, company and location, skills, and your interest. Your success at finding employment greatly depends on your cooperation, effort, and commitment with us guiding you along that path.
Can I get a job working from home?
If you are interested in a working from home, you may contact My Employment Options at: www.MyEmploymentOptions.com