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Ticket to Work: Advancing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

By the Ticket to Work Team

July 26th marks the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights legislation guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications.

With respect to employment, the ADA assures that people with disabilities have an equal chance to become and stay employed in two key ways:

  • It prohibits employers from discriminating against anyone on the basis of disability in their hiring or employment practices.  

  • It holds employers responsible for providing workers with disabilities reasonable accommodations in the workplace.

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities continues to decrease, and government programs, like Ticket to Work, may be the answer for those individuals who receive Social Security disability benefits but want to make more money through work.

In 1999, the Ticket to Work program was established to advance employment opportunities for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.  The program, along with special rules called Work Incentives, provide support and resources to help with the transition from disability benefits to employment and financial independence. Since the passage of the ADA, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been the primary authority on investigating and enforcing ADA protections.  

To celebrate the anniversary of the ADA, the EEOC will join Ticket to Work to host a national Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar about disability rights in the workplace on Wednesday, July 24th at 3 p.m. EDT.  The WISE webinar,“Ticket to Work and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities,” will explain the EEOC’s role in enforcing employment laws, the protections of the ADA, and Ticket to Work and Work Incentives career development and support services.

The event is free and you may register online or by phone at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY)!

Following the event, we will host a Facebook Questions and Answers (Q&A) session and you will have a chance to have your questions answered by the experts.

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