As a person with a disability, Social Security benefits, whether in the form of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be an integral part of the one's financial picture and can directly relate to one's ability to work, develop assets and accrue wealth. Because benefits can have such a large impact, it is essential to have a basic understanding of Social Security Disability benefits and their associated work incentives. This section provides general information about both SSI and SSDI as well as the different work incentives that are associated with each of these benefit programs.
Individuals with disabilities that receive Social Security benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Service Providers alike are sometimes confused by the rules that govern these programs. There are many Work Incentives available to SSI and SSDI beneficiaries that can assist them in the return to work when properly undertood and utilized. As an Employment Network operating under Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program, it is equally important to understand the importance of these Work Incentives as you assist beneficiaries in the return to gainful employment. This section provides general information about both SSI and SSDI as well as the different Work Incentives that are associated with each of these benefit programs.
Social Security Disability Benefits Toolkit
This toolkit was designed to provide information and resources to American Job Center customers who want to learn more about applying for Social Security Benefits.
Ticket to Work and Social Security Benefits for American Job Center Customers Who Are Ready to Work
This Toolkit was designed to assist American Job Center Customers who are receiving Social Security Disability Benefits better understand the Ticket to Work Program as well as various other Work Incentives that may be utilized in order to help them return to work.
Ticket to Work and Social Security Benefits for Job Center Personnel
The DEI Technical Assistance team has developed numerous webinars that are available for Job Center staff and partners to learn about Ticket to Work, Social Security disability benefits, and the relationship to these programs and the DEI project and Job Center services. The following webinars can be viewed for further information:
- Ticket Overview http://www.dei-ideas.org/chapter1-1/page65a_training_public.cfm
- Overview of SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) http://www.dei-ideas.org/chapter1-1/page74a_training_public.cfm
- Overview of SSI (Supplement Security Income) http://www.dei-ideas.org/chapter1-1/page75a_training_public.cfm