Ticket to Work is a work incentive developed by the Social Security Administration. Easterseals Nebraska is currently in contract with SSA as an Employment Network to administer this program to clients. Our program has two areas of focus:
1. Employment Assistance/Support – We assist SSI and SSDI beneficiaries with obtaining and retaining employment. (Please understand that we are not a job placement/temp service.) This could include assistance with resumes, cover letters, job searching techniques, applications, etc… Additionally, we provide information on job and hiring fairs in the state and receive numerous weekly job listings for various companies that we share with our clients. Nebraska has numerous community resources available to residents. We help you get in touch with resources that may be able to provide services for you. And furthermore, if you’re frustrated with work and need someone to talk to, we are here for you!
2. Benefits/Work Incentive Counseling – We assist beneficiaries with understanding how their federal cash benefit (SSI or SSDI) will be affected by work and what work incentives are available to them. We also help with Medicaid and Medicare navigation. Many times, we work directly with Social Security or Health and Human Services on your behalf to take away some of the burden and confusion so you can focus on work!
This is just a brief description of our Ticket to Work program. Navigating your disability and health care benefits can be tricky, and we want to assist you with that! If you are between the ages of 18-64, currently receiving an SSI or SSDI federal cash benefit and want assistance getting to self-sufficiency and working off of disability cash benefits, we can help you!