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Returning to Work After a Stroke

After you have a stroke, the road back to work can be challenging. Nearly one third of all strokes occur in people under the age of 65. Of those, nearly 1 in 2 survivors will return to a full- or part-time job. Depending on the severity of your stroke, you might need weeks or months away from work.  

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Questions About Re-entering the Workforce

  • Do you want to work full-time or part-time?
  • Do you want to go back to the same employer, job and responsibilities?
  • Do you want to try something different as a career?
  • Can you ease back to work and gain new skills by volunteering?
  • What will happen to my Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if I return to work?

Ticket to Work Program

The Ticket to Work Program provides most people receiving Social Security benefits (beneficiaries) more choices for receiving employment services. You will continue to receive your benefits until you begin earning wages or self-employment income above the applicable earnings limit for the Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance program, known as Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA).

If you participate in the Ticket to Work program you can receive services from an SSA-approved Employment network. These networks can help you:

  • Increase your income
  • Gain personal fulfillment
  • Enhance social engagement

While you may not be able to return to your prior job and employer there are services that can help you find new work that aligns with your experience, abilities, and interests. Allsup Employment Services, Inc. (AESI) is the only national network that provides services such as:

  • Career planning
  • Work incentive/benefits counseling
  • Resume building/interview preparation
  • Job search/job placement assistance
  • Ongoing support once employment is obtained

If you’re ready to get back to work and would like AESI to assist you, please visit You can also email or call (888) 879-1450.

Resources for Returning to Work

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, can assist both stroke survivors and employers with:

  • Free assistance over the phone and online
  • Reports about effective ways to accommodate stroke-related deficits in the workplace
  • Access to the Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR), which lets users search accommodation options for specific deficits
  • Information about your legal rights if you’re returning to a job after a stroke
  • The ability to talk to someone about your specific return-to-work issues
  • Links to other helpful websites, such as, which connects people to employers committed to hiring people with disabilities, including stroke survivors.

View Now     Watch the Living After Stroke webinar on Returning to Work Post-stroke.

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