Few in Utah are taking advantage of disability employment

There are 71,000 Utahns on Social Security disability (SSDI) but only about 3,500 of them use Social Security’s free Ticket to Work. That means there are thousands in the state who could go back to work with the right resources.

Mary Dale Walters, Senior Vice President at Allsup Employment, is an SSDI expert.

“Social Security says only 30 percent of disability beneficiaries, those on benefits now, even know the Ticket to Work program exists,” Walters explains. “So, just being aware that you have this support mechanism, as part of your disability program, is crucial.”

Current research indicates 5-to-18 percent of those now enrolled might be able to go back to work.

Walters said because those on SSDI have a severe disability, it means that a large percentage of those people will not be able to work again.

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