The unemployment rate for working-age persons with disabilities is a staggering 72%. The Ticket to Work program, administered through the Social Security Administration, seeks to drastically reduce this trend by offering voucher-like "tickets" to eligible disability insurance (SSDI) and social security income (SSI) recipients that can be used to obtain needed services and jobs from a newly designated Employment Networks. The "ticket" is designed to help these individuals overcome obstacles to securing and maintaining employment, such as a lack of transportation resources.
How Transportation Providers Can Serve Ticket Recipients
To attract and serve clients using Ticket to Work, a provider must be recognized as or become part of an "Employment Network" (EN). These agencies agree to work with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide services identified in the Ticket to Work program. Employment Networks are recognized by the SSA through the Ticket Program Manager, Maximus, Inc. The request for proposal (RFP) can be downloaded at the Ticket to Work website at www.yourtickettowork.com/rfp or by calling Maximus toll-free at 1-866-YOURTICKET (1-866-968-7842). The process is non-competitive and open ended.
- U.S. Department of Labor's Ticket to Work website
- Ticket to Work: New Revenue and Resources for Transportation (PDF) (195 KB)
A fact sheet on how the Ticket to Work program can provide opportunities for transportation providers.
- One-Stop Disability Resource Manual. Written by the Institute for Community Inclusion. One section of a larger report; designed to provide One-Stop staff with a basic understanding of the disability service structure, and various disability funding agencies, to assist them in their efforts to meet the needs of people with disabilities by using the full range of services that are available.
- Ticket to Work: Connecting People with Disabilities to Jobs. May 2002. National Conference of State Legislatures. A summary of the Ticket to Work program.
- Maryland Coalition for Work Incentive Improvements (PDF) (94 KB)