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Can you work on disability?

When you live with a disability, it can be hard to live comfortably. You might be trying to work as much as you can, even if it's not much at all so that you can try to support yourself.

It's certainly a tough position to be in, and if you haven't been approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits yet, you may be worried that working will disqualify you. The good news is that working doesn't necessarily disqualify you as long as you're not making more than the program allows.

Even if you do have Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) knows that you may want to try to work again in the future. That's why there is the Ticket to Work program, which most disability beneficiaries are able to participate in.

What should you do if you start working while on disability?

If you begin to work while you're on disability benefits, it's important to let the SSA know right away. Any change in your income could affect your benefits, so it's important to report them and make sure you are still earning less than the allowed amount. If you begin to earn enough to support yourself, your disability benefits may begin to decrease or be stopped, depending on how much your earnings add up to.

Disability benefits and working can be confusing. If you have questions about working, qualifying for disability while working and the Ticket to Work program, your attorney may be able to help you with your case and help educate you on what you need to know.

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