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Ticket to Work Program

Social Security's Ticket to Work program is a free and voluntary program. It is for people age 18 to 64 who are blind or have a disability and who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for a disability or blindness.


How it works

  • If you receive cash benefits from SSDI or SSI for a disability, you have a "Ticket to Work." 
  • You can choose to use your ticket with the State program (through Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation or the Oregon Commission for the Blind) or you can use your ticket with an SSA-contracted Employment Network provider.
  • You can get free employment services to help you:
    • Decide if working is right for you
    • Prepare for work
    • Find and keep a job
  • Once you start earning income, some of your benefits may change. You can get free Benefits Counseling Services so you know if your benefits will change and can prepare for any changes.
  • If the job doesn’t work out, you can come back to the State program or choose a different Employment Network provider to use your ticket.


Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Contact: Deanna Hensley

Phone: 458-210-3950

Toll Free: 833-994-1452


Offices are located statewide

VR website

Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB)

Contact: Dacia Johnson

Phone: 971-673-1588

Toll Free: 888-202-5463


535 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

OCB website

Federal Ticket to Work help line

Phone: 866-968-7842

TTY: 866-833-2967


Federal Ticket to Work website