The Truth About Getting Back To Work After A Disability

The possibility for people with disabilities to get back to work is a reality in today's workplace environment, where new training and workplace accommodations now allow previously disabled people to engage in meaningful jobs. However, there are many myths going around which can discourage you from getting back to work after suffering a disability. This article focuses on debunking 2 myths that might keep you from going back to work or collecting the SSDI benefits you deserve.

You can't work because of your disability

After becoming disabled, many individuals resign themselves to a life outside the job market, often too concerned about their ability to find work, acquire new skills for work, or cope with the demands of a new job. However, the truth is that there are many resources and laws in place to help you get back on your feet after a disability.

It is illegal for employers to discriminate against disabled individuals while interviewing, hiring and promoting, or during any other recruitment process, as long as that individual is qualified for the job. Employers must also provide reasonable accommodations to enable people with disabilities to function safely and adequately in the workplace.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services are set in place to help people with disability find, prepare for, and successfully engage in meaningful employment. Some employers will also provide you with on-site training to help you acquire the necessary skills for your new job and adjust to the work environment.

You will automatically lose your SSDI payments when you start working

Many disabled individuals are concerned that they will lose their SSDI check once they restart work, which often keeps them from seeking employment in the fear that they might not earn enough to cover their expenses without their benefits.

The truth, however, is not so black and white. With the SSDI program, you are entitled to a specified number of Trial Month Periods, where you are allowed to work while still getting your SSDI payments.

You will continue to get full SSDI benefits until you have a completed your Trial Work Period while earning above a certain threshold. Your social security disability lawyer can help you with specific information on how much your Trial Work Period can last, and whether you may be eligible for a prolonged period of eligibility in which you will continue to get SSDI payments even after your trial period runs out.