Those who do not know anyone with a disability may have false impressions or believe the myths of what it means to be disabled. Without any study to back it up, it might be a fair statement to say that most people collecting Social Security disability benefits would rather be able to work. It just makes sense that it would feel good to actually feel good. Recently, there was some good news in that regard.
The Assistant Labor Secretary recently shared a few tips and information about the options that are available for those who are collecting Social Security disability benefits to ease back into work.
One option for those who are collecting SSD benefits or Supplemental Security Income is to take advantage of the Ticket to Work program. The program applies to anyone receiving Social Security Administration payments for a disability or blindness. If a recipient signs up with an approved service provider, the recipient can receive training, career counseling and ongoing support to help that person get back to work. The service providers include Employment Networks (EN) or a State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency.
There are other work incentive options available as well, including trial work periods. SSDI and SSI recipients are encouraged to contact their local SSA office for more information.
A common question those receiving benefits ask is whether or not adding income would eliminate the benefits completely. The answer is that any income that is received is at first deducted from a benefit amount. The hope is that eventually the recipient's work income would surpass that of the SSD benefits or SSI payments. Plus, it would feel good.
Source: The Washington Post, "Assistant Labor Secretary Kathy Martinez on how disabled former workers can find employment again," Kathy Martinez, Sept. 5, 2012
At our La Crosse law firm we represent individuals who wish to obtain Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income.