Congress Passes The Ticket To Work And Work Incentives Improvement Act Of 1999


When you have a disability, it can be hard to find or keep a job.  Sometimes, employers underestimate the capabilities of employees with disabilities and are reluctant to hire them.  In other cases, would-be job-seekers may need additional training and other supports to succeed in the workplace.  In 1999, Congress passed the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act to help people with disabilities achieve financial independence.  Under the law, those who receive SSI or SSDI benefits and are between the ages of 18 and 64 are eligible for a "ticket" allowing them to obtain free employment services, such as job coaching and placement, through vocational rehabilitation (VR) or other service providers.  Participation in the program is voluntary.  


  
Many people with disabilities are hesitant to return to work for fear they'll lose their benefits and healthcare coverage.  With the Ticket program, participants can keep their benefits and Medicare or Medicaid coverage for an extended time period while they receive job training and enter the workforce; otherwise known as the Trial Work Period.  You can learn more about the program on the Ticket to Work website at https://www.ssa.gov/work/.  Additionally, the Social Security Administration also puts out a yearly guide called the Red Book, which describes how to participate and how your benefits will be affected.  You can download a copy here https://www.ssa.gov/redbook/. 
  
To participate, you will need to verify your eligibility.  From there, decide which type of service provider will be the best fit for you.  One of the ways to access job services is through an Employment Network, like NTI.  Some of these networks not only help you find a job, they also give you ongoing support while you're working to help you achieve long-term success.   
  
NTI is an Employment Network dedicated to helping people with disabilities find gainful employment.  We assist individuals with disabilities find remote work with Fortune 500 companies.  For many, these jobs lead to rewarding careers in customer service, tech support, and call centers.  To prepare clients for employment, we offer virtual classes through NTI University.  We also have an eMentoring program to provide one-on-one support to our job candidates throughout the recruiting, training, and hiring process.  If you would like to be guided toward success through our job-services, please visit NTI at goo.gl/opzKNQ.  The registration process only takes about 5-minutes to complete.    
  
  
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