After a stroke, the road back to work can be challenging. Nearly one third of all strokes occur in people under the age of 65. Many people who have had a stroke intend to return to a full- or part-time job. Depending on the severity of the stroke, it might take weeks or months before returning to work is an option.
Thinking of returning to work?
There are likely many questions running through your mind before you decide if returning to work is the right choice for you.
These are all questions to consider when thinking about returning to work after a stroke. There is no right or wrong answer to many of these questions.
Use this Decision Tree to help you chart your course.
Ticket to Work Program
Everyone age 18 through 64 who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of their disability is eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work Program. Participation in the Ticket to Work Program is free and voluntary. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide supports that reduce dependence on disability benefits and help participants earn more income than benefits alone can provide.
The Ticket to Work Program provides most people receiving Social Security benefits (beneficiaries) more choices for receiving employment services. Under this program, most beneficiaries become eligible for the Ticket to Work Program when they start to receive SSDI or SSI benefits based on disability.
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:
View Now Watch the Living After Stroke webinar on Returning to Work Post-stroke.
Visit our Resource Library for more resources to help you re-enter the workforce.
Assistance for Employers and Employees
It's not easy to talk to your employer about your accommodation needs when you return to work after your stroke. Here are some resources to help you work with your employer to acheive a positive outcome in the workplace.
Tax Benefits for Employers - Some employers may not know there are tax benefits for hiring employees with disabilities.
Reasonable Accommodations Agreement - Use this to help you and your employer create a living document that can be reviewed regularly by both the employee and the supervisor and amended as appropriate.
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