Ability 1st Utah Employment Services

Ability 1st Utah is an Employment Network under the Ticket to Work Program.

Everyone age 18 through 64 who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of his or her disability is eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work program. Participation in the Ticket to Work program is free and voluntary.

Ticket to Work can help you achieve greater financial independence by providing you access to free employment support services.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Everyone age 18 through 64
  • Receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits
  • Beneficiaries want to work towards financial independence
  • Live in the State of Utah
  • Services are free

Watch the following video to learn more about the Ticket to Work Program:

Meet Ben Video: 

Work Incentives 

Trial Work Period (TWP)

SSDI recipients only

Trial Work Period (TWP) SSDI recipients only. The TWP allows you to test your ability to work for at least nine months. During your TWP, you will receive full SSDI benefits no matter how much you earn as long as your work activity is reported and you have a disabling impairment.

Expedited Reinstatement (EXR)

SSDI and SSI recipients

If your benefits stopped because of your earnings level, and you are no longer able to work because of your medical condition or one related to it, you can request to have your benefits reinstated without having to complete a new application.

Protection from Medical Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR)

SSDI and SSI recipients

If you assign your ticket to an approved service provider before you receive notice of a medical CDR, you will not have to undergo the medical review while you are participating in the Ticket program and making progress within Social Security’s timeframes.

Medicare and Medicaid Employment Supports

Many people believe that they will automatically lose their Medicare or Medicaid as soon as they start working.

But working does not necessarily mean losing access to federal or state healthcare benefits because there are protections in place, called Work Incentives, that help people who work and receive disability benefits keep those important benefits.

Contact the Ticket to Work Coordinator at Ability 1st Utah to learn more about these work incentives.

The Social Security Administration have six tutorials that you can watch to help you learn more about the Ticket to Work Program!

What are our Employment Services?


  • We are a full service employment service provider.
  • All employment services are geared toward community-based, integrated employment.
Who Does Ability 1st Utah Employment Services Serve?

We serve individuals with disabilities who are in a current pay status under the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs and who are between the ages of 18 and 64 years of age and are eligible for services through the Ticket to Work program.  This program is strictly voluntary on the part of the consumer/beneficiary. Ability 1st Utah also has the option of whether to accept a beneficiarie’s ticket.

How do I get started?

Completing the online application is the first step toward realizing your goal of returning to work and reducing your dependency on benefits. Please answer each question and submit the form. Once we receive your application, it will be reviewed and evaluated. A staff person from Ability 1st Utah Employment Services will contact you to discuss your answers and if appropriate, continue the process. If it is determined you are a good candidate for our program you will be invited to attend a program orientation with the Employment Coordinator to discuss in more detail the Ticket to Work program and the services that can be provided by Ability 1st Utah Employment services.

Ability 1st Utah Employment Services offers the following services:

  • Work Incentive counseling and tracking
  • Skills and interest testing with tutorials
  • Resources to facilitate employment
  • Resume writing/cover letters/interviewing skills
  • Job Search
  • Placement assistance
  • Job accommodation advice when needed
  • Case management, including life management
  • Post-employment services including upward mobility and career enhancement
  • Advocacy/Peer Support

For more information, please contact:

Employment Coordinator/Benefits Counselor 

Janine Culver

Email: Janine@Ability1stUtah.org / Direct line: 801-850-5560/ Cell: 801-372-8902