The Golden Ticket - SSA's Ticket to Work Program

Today is the anniversary when congress passed the Social Security Administration’s, Ticket to Work program for individuals who are on SSI or SSDI. For seventeen years the SSA has had the Ticket to Work program act as the centerpiece in all their initiatives to improving individuals with disabilities lives by finding good jobs, “good careers, and better self-supporting futures.”  Ticket to work provides free and voluntary programs for people with disabilities to receive career counseling, job placement, and ongoing employment support services. It is the stepping stone program to helping individuals with disability reach their job goals.

Ticket to work is a good fit for people who are looking to  thrive in the workplace, for individuals who want to improve their earnings,a and commit to a long term  career. These goals can be achieved by contacting one of SSA’s employment  Networks, like NTI!

As a person with disabilities who has has been receiving SSI since 2008. I have spent more of my career in volunteer positions, or internships as I tried hopelessly to reach my job goals. I didn’t know about the Ticket to Work program as I spent years hoping I could somehow get that right job  through unpaid internships and volunteer work. I know the challenges are vast, I have experienced them first hand, and I thought I tried everything. But, I didn’t, I didn’t try SSA’s Ticket to Work. Who knows? Maybe if I did, the road to NTI would have been shorter, less strenuous and exhausting. Yet, as I sit here as one of NTI’s content marketing associates a part of me still believes I managed to find my ticket, as hard as it was.  The Social Security Administration  has programs waiting for you right now, like NTI, all ready, and waiting to help you reach your job goals.

NTI has your Golden Ticket. We want to help you get back into the workforce and reach your job goals. If you are on SSI or SSDI and you’re reading this you now know about the SSA Ticket to work program and NTI’s  instrumental part in it.  Don’t hold back, try everything there is and reach your job goals today because you deserve it all! Reach out to NTI at or call us at (877) 248-8912! You can cash your ticket right here!

Jaclyn is a Marketing Content Writer for NTI.  She not only lives the story, she writes about it to inspire others. Currently, Jaclyn just recently attained her MFA in Creative Writing Nonfiction at Columbia University and the focus of her thesis is titled "Wings A Memoir" discussing the evolution of herself an disability.

Happy Birthday to Def Leppard’s Rick Allen!

“I joined the group on my fifteenth birthday, and we already seen a lot together, we’ve grown up together, and we’ve had enough setbacks for us to realize that we are really strong as a team. And, that is the one thing that kept everybody together, and it still keeps everybody together now.”

Rick Allen AKA “The Thunder God” inspires people everyday by his story. Yes, it’s true, he lost his left arm in a car accident on New Year’s Eve in 1985, about seven years after he joined Def Leppard. But Rick Allen didn’t let the amputation of his arm let that stop him from continuing to be part of the band. In fact, Rick Allen gave himself little to no time to pity himself or bringing on a heartbreak. He dove straight back into work and on August 16th 1986 he returned to the stage.

A drummer keeps the rhythm going, anyone who listens to Def Leppard’s music can always hear Rick Allen playing, regardless if there is a guitar slide or Def Leppard’s singer Joe Elliot cranking out the lyrics.

After Rick Allen’s car accident and loss of his arm an electronic drum set was created. Afterwards, whether is was from pure resilience, motivation on keeping their minds on what they wanted, or true passion Def Leppard went on to their most commercially successful part of their band career. Today, Def Leppard has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Their album Hysteria, which came out in 1987 being their first major hit album truly brought them to the spotlight. They have achieved great things, they are one of only five rock bands in the U.S. with two original studio albums selling over ten million, yet their greatest achievement to date is that they’ve stayed together through thick and thin no matter what life throws at them.

NTI may not be a rock band or someone that you have known since fifteen years old, but we will stay with you through thick and thin with the job search. In fact, we want to help you get back on that stage, put yourself out there and be a rock star like Rick Allen. We got your back, we have job opportunities for you, and we are willing to try our very best to make it work. If you are on SSI or SSDI take the plunge, let NTI be your rock band and help you find a great job! Visit us at or reach us at (877) 248-8912 today!

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