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You can create a free personal online my Social Security account today!

Nearly 14 million people have already signed up for "my Social Security" accounts and you can too!

Creating a "my Social Security" account gives you access to tools and services to understand and update as needed your personal status with Social Security.  From your working years to your retirement years, this account will allow you to keep track of how much you have contributed to Social Security and inform you of how much you should receive when you start claiming your benefits.

If you currently receive Social Security benefits or Medicare, this account will allow you to:

If you are not yet claiming benefits, your account will help you to:

  • get your Social Security Statement,
  • review your estimates for retirement, disability, and survivors benefits,
  • verify your annual earnings,
  • estimate the Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid, and
  • request a benefit verification letter stating that you’ve never received Social Security benefits, Supplementary Security Income or Medicare.

If you receive Social Security benefits or plan to someday, think about creating an account today! Check out this document for instructions on how to create an online account.


An Open Message to Social Security Disability Beneficiaries from Associate Commissioner Bob Williams

Every year, thousands of people with disabilities find jobs and leave behind Social Security disability benefits to support themselves and create better futures.  As you think about going to work, Social Security wants you to be confident in your choice and to understand what Ticket to Work is all about:

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  • The Ticket program offers you the help you need to work, earn more money, and support yourself as much as possible.
  • The Ticket program is voluntary. You decide if it’s right for you.
  • Ticket to Work gives you the choice to partner with an approved Employment Network (EN) or your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agency to get the career counseling, job placement, ongoing support, and other services you need to be able to become or stay employed or find a better job.
  • The goal of Ticket is for you to earn a better quality of life through work than you had on benefits and to give you a safety net while you work toward supporting yourself.
  • By participating in the Ticket program, you are agreeing to try your best to earn your way off cash benefits.
  • Social Security understands that going to work is a major change, and if you can’t completely eliminate your need for cash benefits, you won’t be blamed.
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Event Recap: February 29th Facebook Question & Answer

On February 29th we answered YOUR questions at our second Facebook Question and Answer (Q&A) event. It was held after our monthly WISE webinar

Questions and answers were on such topics as part-time work, school, Ticket to Work and other Work Incentives. We hope you enjoyed the session as much as we did!

A special thanks to our guest experts Dawn Porter of South Carolina Pathways, Tamara Tavai of Human Potential Consultants, LLC, and Debra Schwartz of Social Security for helping to answer questions.

If you missed the event, you can read the transcript by clicking “Read More.”

You can also always get your questions answered by calling the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) 866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD) or connecting with a service provider using our Find Help Tool.


Motivations through the Ticket to Work Program

In a recent interview with Disaboom, Tamara Mena, a motivational speaker and model, candidly shared her personal experiences with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Ticket to Work program.

Here are some of her thoughts and tips.  

  1. On Motivation and Attitude “Generally in life, but even more so when we face tragedies, we have the ability to see ourselves either as survivors and fighters or victims. Life is what we make of it, and we have the power to do ANYTHING.”
  2. On the Importance of Education “After my accident, the first thing I had to do was work arduously to regain my independence, all so I could go back to college and finish strong. I wanted to be passionate about the Communications major I chose to study.”
  3. On Job Interviews Tamara believes just like anyone looking for a job, your resume should be professional, and you should dress appropriately for the job.  She encourages you to:
  • Show confidence
  • Be aware of your energy level
  • Present a good attitude
  • Don’t put the focus on your disability
  • Research the employer
  • Have passion for the job
  1. On Employment and the Ticket to Work Program "Most people with disabilities are scared they will immediately lose their benefits if they go back to work. This is a fallacy. Ticket to Work will support you. They don’t just drop you when you decide to go back to work; they will work through the process with you.”

Read the full Disaboom interview with Tamara Mena.

Thanks, Tamara, for sharing your successes with Ticket to Work!

For Ticket to Work information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work, email support@chooseworkttw.net, or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).


National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: You Asked. We Answer. Work Incentives That Work For You

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 1:00 p.m., EST

Live! A Choose Work Facebook Q&A immediately following the webinar

If you have heard of Social Security’s Ticket to Work, Ticket program, or sometimes simply the Ticket, then you have likely heard of Work Incentives—the special rules and guidelines for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries ages 18 through 64 who are ready to enter or re-enter the workforce. What you may not know however, is that Social Security offers more than 25 Work Incentives specifically designed to help you succeed at work so you can eventually work your way off benefits and into a better, more self-supporting lifestyle.

One of the best ways to learn about Ticket to Work and Work Incentives is through a Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar. Join us on February 29 from 1:00-2:30 p.m., EST, as we explore some of your most frequently asked questions during the National WISE Webinar: You Asked. We Answer. Work Incentives That Work For You. This month’s WISE webinar will answer a few of the most frequently asked questions about Work Incentives:

You asked, “What if I am ready to work?”  We’ll provide information about:

You asked, “What if I succeed at work?”  We’ll provide information about:

Immediately following the February 29 WISE webinar, we encourage you to join our live Facebook Question & Answer session where Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts continue to answer your questions.

A WISE webinar is a free, fully accessible, online event designed especially for beneficiaries and their families, community partners, and service providers to learn more about the Ticket to Work program and Work Incentives. If you wish watch, listen to, or read the transcript of a past webinar, you can download any WISE webinar from our webinar library from any Internet enabled device.

When you’re ready to find a good job that leads to a good career and a better self-supporting future, attending a WISE webinar is a great way to start.

For Ticket to Work information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work, email support@chooseworkttw.net, or call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).

If you’d like to do more reading on your own, check out the Social Security Red Book, the official guide to Work Incentives.