Am I Allowed to Work and Collect SSDI?

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor said that it would open up $15 million for states to improve job-training programs to better serve people with disabilities. According to DisabilityScoop, the funding will help state agencies create “flexible and innovative strategies” to grow the number of people with disabilities in federally funded job training programs. Photo of FAQ button

“People with disabilities have enormous contributions to make to our economy and our society, but they remain disproportionately represented among our nation’s unemployed,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said, according to the news outlet.

Each state workforce agency will have until June 11 to apply for funding.

Can I Work and Collect Social Security Disability?

Many of the clients we work with ask questions about employment when it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) eligibility. Remember, in order to collect SSDI, you must show that your disabilities have left you unable to work.

Additionally, often, we are asked questions about whether or not a person who is already collecting SSDI can return to work if his or health improves—the answer to this question is yes. In fact, the Social Security Administration offers the Ticket to Work program, which allows people collecting Social Security benefits who have a desire to look for work to do so, if they qualify. The program allows people to receive benefits until they begin earning wages above the applicable earnings cap for SSDI.

Again, SSDI eligibility is very strict— you must show that your disabilities are expected to last for longer than a year. If you are interested in applying for SSDI or if you have questions about the process, you can visit our FAQ page.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys


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