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SSDI recipients find independence through federal program

While some disabled people in Missouri are unable to work and will rely on Social Security Disability Benefits for the remainder of their lives, others only require benefits temporarily. In order to be eligible to receive benefits, individuals must meet certain guidelines set by the Social Security Administration. One of those requirements mandates that an individual must be unable to work for at least one year due to a condition approved by the SSA. Beneficiaries who are able to transition back into the workplace after receiving SSDI assistance may find help through certain programs sponsored by the Social Security Administration and other federal agencies.

Ticket to Work is one such program that helps SSDI recipients gradually merge back into the workforce. Beneficiaries are often worried that by working too much, they will lose their benefits altogether. This program allows SSDI and SSI recipients to develop their skills, enhance their current work experience and find placement in a career field without losing their benefits. Many people who join this program are able to obtain and hold successful jobs and ultimately give up their SSDI benefits.

People between the ages of 18 and 64-years-old who currently receive Social Security Disability Benefits qualify for this special free service. If for some reason, the beneficiary is not able to maintain the job they receive through the program, they may be eligible to continue their SSDI benefits without having to reapply.

Social Security Disability Benefits are vital to those who need them. However, people who are able to regain their independence may develop a new lease on life. An established attorney may be helpful in providing the legal assistance necessary to guide SSDI beneficiaries in the right direction.

Source: Herald Extra, “Ticket To Work-Independence Recovered,” May 1, 2014.

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