Employment and Disability

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act helps further collaborative partnerships under Iowa’s Workforce Development System. The goal of this system is to provide high quality employment services to all individuals. This system is designed to be able to improve accessibility for job seekers with or without disabilities. Each American Job Center offers accommodations and assistive technology to meet the needs of job seekers with disabilities.

Iowa Workforce Partners

Iowa Workforce Development
Iowa Department for the Blind
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Iowa Department of Human Services
Iowa Department of Human Rights/ Office of Persons with Disabilities
Iowa Department of Education
Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council
Iowa Department on Aging

Ticket to Work

Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who want to work. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. The Ticket program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence.

The Ticket program is a good fit for people who want to improve their earning potential and are committed to preparing for long-term success in the workforce. Ticket to Work offers beneficiaries with disabilities access to meaningful employment with the assistance of Ticket to Work employment service providers called employment networks. If you are ready to go to work, there are people ready and waiting to help you!

The career development services and support you need are unique to you. The Ticket program can connect you with the right mix of free employment support services and approved service providers that will best fit your needs.

The Ticket program and Work Incentives allow you to keep your benefits while you explore employment, receive vocational rehabilitation services and gain work experience. Your cash benefits and Medicaid or Medicare often continue throughout your transition to work, and there are protections in place to help you return to benefits, if you find you are unable to continue working due to your disability.

Job seekers with a disability are invited to IowaWORKS Centers throughout Iowa and identify yourself as having Social Security benefits or a Ticket to Work when you come to the workforce center. Ticket to Work is one of many work incentives offered through Social Security.

For more information, please contact Ticket2Work@iwd.iowa.gov or call (515) 725-1118.

Or alternately, fill in this convenient form and we will contact you by your preferred method.