People with Disabilities

Do you want to use your unique abilities to find the right job that secures your economic independence?

Would you like assistance with understanding complex government programs to obtain the supports you need to thrive in the workplace?

Are you a Social Security beneficiary, recipient of Medicaid or other public benefits? Do you want to know how to use the Ticket To Work Program?

Are you afraid of losing benefits or medicaid coverage if you return to work?

The Disability Resource Coordinator can assist with these and other questions on your path to employment.

The Disability Resource Coordinator is:  

  • An employment network who provides employment services to Social Security beneficiaries between the ages of 18-64 with disabilities. These beneficiaries are called Ticket Holders.
  • A resource who helps find programs that impact your ability to gain, return to, or retain employment.
  • A facilitator who helps youth and adults with disabilities secure employment and become self-sufficient.
  • A coordinator who develops partnerships with local agencies to increase job placement opportunities for individuals with disabilities by arranging appropriate services.
  • A relationship builder who reaches out and engages new agencies and organizations to expand employment related services for individuals with disabilities.

The DRC also serves as a resource to the workforce investment community to ensure the availability of comprehensive knowledge on federal, state, local and private programs that impact the ability of an individual to enter and remain in the workforce.

The Ulster County Career Center is a Social Security Ticket to Work Employment Network. Ticket to Work is an employment support program for Social Security Disability beneficiaries.

Goals of the program:

  • Finding employment or increasing their work hours
  • Increase opportunities and choices obtain employment
  • Provide access to vocational rehabilitation, support services from providers, employers and other organizations.

By definition, an individual is disabled under The American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments act of 2008(ADAAA) if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities. A major life activities includes but not limited to caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, speaking, seeing, breathing, hearing, learning, reading, eating, sleeping, concentrating, walking, thinking, standing, lifting, bending, communicating and working; has a record of such a disability or is regarded as having such a disability.

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Contact your local Social Security Administration for information on the TTWK Program or visit Social Security Online at

If you have any question or require further assistance please contact your local DRC, Michael Thomason at: 845-340-3177 or