American Dream Employment Network

American Dream Employment Network Overview

Learn more about Disability Advocates' status as part of the American Dream Employment Network.



Frequently Asked Questions

What is aden?

American Dream Employment Network (ADEN) is a national administrative Employment Network providing employment services and benefits advisement to disability beneficiaries under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program. Led by subject matter experts, ADEN is a division of National Disability Institute (NDI) whose mission is to build a better economic future for Americans with disabilities. ADEN achieves this mission through a network of qualified providers across the country called ADEN members.

What is the ticket to work program?

Agencies providing employment services to SSA disability beneficiaries under the Ticket to Work program are known as Employment Networks. As an Employment Network, Disability Advocates provides the Ticket to Work program, which assists beneficiaries in returning to work who have the goal of achieving financial self-sufficiency. If you are currently receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit, and between ages 18 through 64, Ticket to Work may support your employment goals. 

What services are available?

As an ADEN provider, Disability Advocates offers services that can lead to the long-term financial stability of each participant. We offer the following core services at no cost:

  • Career counseling
  • Job search support
  • Social Security Benefits and Work Incentive Advisement by certified personnel
  • Ongoing long-term employment support
  • Financial management resources
  • Connection to employers hiring qualified candidates with a disability

What are the outcomes of Aden?

The average time for ADEN participants to start receiving services until they start a job is three months. Over 65% of ADEN participant are employed and have an average hourly wage of $18.11. From 2015 – 20221, ADEN helped program participants achieve more than $10 million in earnings.