Hear real stories from actual Social Security disability beneficiaries on how they took advantage of the free employment services provided by the Ticket to Work program to put themselves on the path to a better future.

Amy and Jason Partnership Plus Success Stories

Did you know that if you're eligible for Social Security's Ticket to Work Program, you have the option to work with your State VR agency and an Employment Network?

Make the most of your ticket. Work With Your State VR Agency and an Employment Network. Partnerships between your state VRs and ENs gave Amy and Jason continuous support throughout their journeys to financial independence through work. Learn how Partnership Plus can work for you.

Let's explore how this works and the experiences of Amy and Jason.

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Stepping Stones
The journey to employment is different for every job seeker. Often the path is not a straight line and is filled with detours and setbacks. But even if you haven't reached your goal yet, each stepping stone that brings you closer deserves celebration. Check out our Stepping Stones series to learn how individuals have made progress toward financial independence through work.

Social Security has the authority to change the earnings amounts used to define Trial Work Level (TWL) earnings and Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) on an annual basis. As a result, the TWL and SGA amounts included in these success stories may be outdated. Current levels and amounts used for various Social Security Work Incentives are found in the Social Security Red Book.

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After a motorcycle accident sent Marine veteran Jeff off course, he used the Marine Corps' mindset to 'improvise, adapt and overcome' with help from Social Security's Ticket to Work Program, to find a new route forward. 

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Amy and Jason

Did you know that if you're eligible for Social Security's Ticket to Work Program, you have the option to work with your State VR agency and an Employment Network? Let's explore how this works and the experiences of Amy and Jason.

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Born with cerebral palsy, Jessica felt stigmatized her whole life. After getting her Masters, she was eager to enter the workforce. Social Security's Ticket to Work Program and other Work Incentives helped her gain her financial independence.

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Andy had the support of his employment team, including Ticket to Work service providers and Project SEARCH on his path to financial independence.

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After going into remission from cancer, Rebecca decided it was time to find a new career. With the help of Ticket to Work, she achieved financial independence and found a fulfilling new job.

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Ticket to Work helped Angel transition to the civilian workforce after a medical retirement from the military.

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At 38, Lori has come a long way from the little girl who was paralyzed with fear. Today, she works from home as a Senior Marketing Liaison.

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Robert is a Veteran who had questions about employment and disabilities. With the help of Ticket to Work, he's now employed, financially independent and helping other Veterans.

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Matt received SSDI due to hearing loss, but was eager to have a fulfilling career and become financially independent. The Ticket to Work Program helped him achieve those goals.

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Growing up with a developmental disability, Walter was unsure what his employment options would be. But working with a Ticket to Work EN helped him learn the skills he needed to reach 2 goals.

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Lisa struggled with anxiety disorders that restricted her life, but with treatment and help from Ticket to Work, she found the courage and confidence to achieve her work goals.

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Rob - Update

This follow-up success story reflects on Rob's transition back to full-time work with support from Social Security's Ticket to Work Program.

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After years of struggling with her mental health and addiction, Hazel found the support she needed to create a path to recovery for herself and work towards her employment goals.

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Once Shirley was able to control her narcolepsy and depression, she wasn't sure how to return to work.

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Once Brenda found the treatments and strategies to manage her mental illness, Ticket to Work helped her find the path to work.

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Josh is an active young adult with a disability who has seen marked improvements in his life since he decided to participate in the Ticket to Work Program.

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Michele, a young adult with a disability, talks about how PASS helped her get an education and reach her career goals.

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Peter was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Find out how the Ticket to Work Program helped him on the path back to employment.

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Shileta, a young adult with cerebral palsy, used the Ticket to Work Program to find a career mentoring others with disabilities.

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A lifelong mental illness made it difficult for Jason to find employment. Learn how Ticket to Work helped him.

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Meet Andraea, a 30-year-old woman with muscular dystrophy who serves as a role model for girls with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital.

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Amy, who has a developmental disability that affects her language, learning and social interactions, found the support and training she needed with her State VR agency and EN to find a job and succeed in the workplace.

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Meet Rob, a former small business owner who returned to work and regained financial independence after experiencing renal failure. Learn how Ticket to Work helped him.

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Cherie found success with her Ticket. Learn about the role of work in her mental health recovery.

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An internship and support from Ticket to Work helped Larry develop soft skills and achieve his career goals.

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Rae-Anna is a mother of 3, who had trouble finding work after her car accident. Read how Ticket to Work helped her.

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Vilmarie is an energetic 26-year-old young woman who worked in retail until multiple sclerosis disrupted her life. Through the Ticket to Work Program and its supports, she was able to return to work.

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Through volunteer work and the Ticket to Work Program, Jesus, who has spina bifida, found passion for working with others and created a path to success and full-time work.

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Laura, who experienced cancer and a leg amputation, found the support, resources and services she needed to pursue her goal to help other people with limb loss.

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Marty used the Ticket to Work Program to stay in the construction business after losing a limb to cancer.