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Advancing the Human & Civil Rights of People with Disabilities in Illinois


Social Security Beneficiaries

Services for Social Security Beneficiaries

Ticket To Work Project
(Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security – PABSS)

The Ticket to Work Project at Equip for Equality assists individuals who are facing barriers to employment. Individuals can receive Ticket to Work services if they are:

  • Receiving cash benefits due to disability from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This includes SSI and/or SSDI benefits
  • Entitled to Medicaid or Medicare benefits as a result of having received cash benefits, even if they are not currently receiving cash benefits from SSA
  • Receiving a supplemental payment from a state

Our Services Include:

  • Training regarding the Ticket to Work Program, employment rights, and vocational rehabilitation rights for people with disabilities and service organizations
  • Information, advice, and self-advocacy assistance about obtaining vocational rehabilitation and employment services
  • Advocacy or other services that beneficiaries with disabilities may need to secure, maintain or regain employment

Representative Payee Program

Equip for Equality’s Representative Payee Program helps both beneficiaries and representative payees. Beneficiaries are the recipients of Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Rep payees are the individuals or organizations who manage Social Security benefits. SSA assesses a beneficiary’s need for a rep payee on a case-by-case basis. Equip for Equality’s role is meant to help keep beneficiaries safe and ensure their needs are met by conducting performance reviews to discover whether or not a representative payee is carrying out its duties.

Have questions about Representative Payees or Beneficiaries? Learn more about our Representative Payee Program.


ADA Rights

  • Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (video)
  • Employment Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (video)
  • Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (video)
  • Disability-Related Inquiries and Medical Examinations Under the ADA (video)
  • Qualified Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (video)



The PASS work incentive allows individuals to set aside income and/or resources for a specified period, so they can pursue a work goal that will ultimately reduce or eliminate the Social Security Income or Social Security Disability benefit they currently receive.

SSI and SSDI Benefits

  • Overview of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (video, PDF, or Word)
  • What You Need to Know About Your SSI When You Turn 18 (English or Spanish)
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) (video, PDF, or Word)
  • Overpayments of Social Security Benefits (video, PDF, or Word)

Ticket to Work

Learn how the Ticket to Work Program can Work for You

(Click on each chapter below, and hit the Back and Next buttons to play sections of each chapter. The audio plays automatically, but you’ll need to click the Caption button to see captioning.)

Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program

Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program, in American Sign Language (ASL)

Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)

Debunking the Three Biggest Myths about Disability Benefits and Work (PDF or Word)

Finding an Employment Network and Assigning your Ticket Worksheet (PDF or Word)

Working with an Employment Network after VR Services Have Ended (PDF or Word)

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For more information about our Ticket to Work Project, contact:

Hannah Walsh


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Last updated: July 24, 2020

This website is made possible by funding support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, both the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of Equip for Equality and do not necessarily represent the official view of any of these agencies.

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