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Just because you have a disability does not mean you cannot have meaningful and enjoyable employment. Depending on your disability, it can be difficult to get back out there and find successful employment. You might feel that you are limited to the type of work you do or the amount of money you make if you receive disability benefits.
Several federal and state disability programs are available to help you get back to work. One such program is call Ticket to Work, in which disabled adults are encouraged to go back to work even though they are receiving some sort of disability benefits. This program helps disabled individuals determine what types of employment they can get, how additional income will affect their disability benefits, and to gain the skills they need.
Other programs for disabled individuals include state vocational rehabilitation programs, which help but adults and young adults receive the training they need to find meaningful and successful employment. The resources available depend on each state’s individual program, but can range any where from needed training to gain and continue employment to working with young adults to develop an Individual Plan for Employment (IPE).
The Social Security Adminstration also provides a variety of programs for transitioning back into work. These can work in conjunction with Ticket to Work or separately. A few of these programs are Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS) and Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA).
A variety of programs and recources are available to help disabled individauls return to work. To locate more programs and guidance, visit your local employment network office or state vocational rehabilitation agency.