Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services
The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services offers programs and services that help people with disabilities go to work. It is an agency of the Maryland State Department of Education. Rehabilitative Services is composed of the public vocational rehabilitation program and the Disability Determination Services. Learn more about how the Division of Rehabilitative Services can help here.
The public vocational rehabilitation program includes:
- The Office of Field Services, which prepares people with disabilities to go to work or helps them to stay on the job. Rehabilitation counselors in offices throughout Maryland provide or arrange for services that may include career counseling, assistive technology, vocational training and/or job placement assistance.
- The Office for Blindness & Vision Services, which specializes in helping people whose primary disability is blindness or vision loss go to work and stay independent. The office also oversees the Maryland Business Enterprise Program for the Blind. This program prepares individuals who are legally blind to operate vending, gift or food service businesses in public facilities.
- The Workforce & Technology Center, a comprehensive rehabilitation facility in northeast Baltimore which offers career assessment services, career and skills training, job placement assistance, assistive technology services and other medical and support services.
Social Security Administration: Ticket to Work Program
Special rules make it possible for people receiving social security benefits to work and still receive monthly payments. Work incentives include: continued cash benefits for a period of time while you work, continued Medicare or Medicaid while you work, help with education, as well as training and rehabilitation to start a new line of work.
The rules for Social Security disability and SSI are different. Rules under each program are described in the Red Book- A guide to work incentives.
The Ticket to Work program may also be able to help you. You can receive vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals and other employment support services free of charge. You will not undergo medical reviews while you are using the Ticket and making timely progress pursuing your return to work plan.
When you are ready to explore your work options, Social Security has a national call center where you can talk directly with staff about work, benefits or work incentive programs. Call 1-866-968-7842, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call the TTY number, 1-866-833-2967. Or you can call the toll-free number and ask for a free copy of the publication, Your Ticket to Work (Publication No. 05-10061).