Every job seeker's journey to employment is different. Even if you haven't reached your goals yet, each step along the way brings you closer to your goal and deserves celebration. Check out our Stepping Stones series to learn how individuals have made progress towards financial independence through work.

Stepping Stones


Stepping Stones logoThe 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.

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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 As a result, the TWL and SGA amounts included in these success stories may be outdated.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.

Chris smiling at camera


Work Incentives helped Chris, who has quadriplegia, as he explored and started work.