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Social Security Q & A – Working While On Disability

My father collects disability benefits, but he is interested in trying working again. Is there a program that helps disabled people find work while they’re collecting Social Security disability benefits?


Social Security’s Ticket to Work program can help beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, save more money, and become financially independent. This program doesn’t affect your disability benefits—you can keep collecting your benefits while participating. Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that gives beneficiaries real choices to help them create and lead better lives.

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2 Comments on "Social Security Q & A – Working While On Disability"

  1. Margaret Williams | March 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm | Reply

    If a person is expecting to receive a settlement how and would that effect your Social Security Disability?

    • VItal Magazine | March 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm | Reply

      Hi Margaret, I’m not a lawyer and so can’t speak directly to your situation, however my understanding is that it depends on which type of Social Security disability benefits you are receiving. If you are on SSD (also known as SSDI) benefits then I believe that any personal injury settlement will not impact your SSD benefits. If you are on SSI (Supplemental Security Income) disability benefits then I believe that any settlement you receive will be counted as income to you in the month received and as a resource in subsequent months until spent down per Social Security rules. It’s important that you discuss your personal situation with an attorney to ensure that funds you receive are received, deposited and treated in the most advantageous way possible.

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