Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities FAQs
What are the types of positions within Social Security?
The Social Security Administration has a wide variety of positions available. Please explore our Career Paths page.
What is the Ticket to Work Program?
Ticket to Work is a voluntary employment program for individuals receiving Social Security and/or SSI disability benefits who are interested in working. Participants of this program can receive assistance from a service provider and also use a number of work incentives as they explore work options while still receiving disability benefits.
How does a person with a disability apply for Federal jobs?
Individuals may explore career opportunities via USAJOBS or contact an agency Selective Placement Coordinator to find out more information about qualifications. Additional programs exist for veterans, students, and ticket holders.
Where can college students with a disability get information?
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.
As an individual with intellectual, severe physical, or psychiatric disabilities, what documentation must I provide when applying for a job?
If an individual competes for an appointment through the regular application process just as most non-disabled applicants must do, then no documentation is required beyond what is outlined in the vacancy announcement. Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may also be eligible for consideration under the Schedule A hiring authority where, if eligible, he or she may be appointed non-competitively. To qualify for employment under the Schedule A hiring authority, a person must have proof of his/her disability.
Do disabled veterans receive any special consideration when applying for Federal jobs?
Yes, disabled veterans may qualify for a non-competitive appointment.
Is an agency required to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee?
Yes, an individual is entitled to a reasonable accommodation if he or she is an individual with a disability, needs an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the position, and if an accommodation will not create an undue hardship for the employer. There is no requirement for the reasonable accommodation to be the exact accommodation that the employee requests; however, it must be an effective accommodation for the employee to perform the essential functions of the positon.
Has Social Security successfully employed people with disabilities?
Yes, we have successfully employed individuals with disabilities for many years. See our Success Stories section and learn more about how fulfilling a career can be with SSA!