National Stroke Association Supports Return to Work Bill

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — National Stroke Association­—the nation’s only national non-profit devoted entirely to stroke—today announced support for the Return to Work Awareness Act of 2016. The Return to Work Awareness Act was introduced last week by U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio—herself a stroke survivor.

The Return to Work Awareness Act encourages the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Accommodation Network to promote awareness among stroke survivors and employers of the resources and accommodations available to help get stroke survivors back in the workforce. The Job Accommodation Network offers free assistance to individuals with physical or cognitive limitations looking to re-enter the workplace.

“The reality is that over half of all stroke survivors are able to return to work within six months of having a stroke,” said Robyn Moore, CEO of National Stroke Association. “The biggest obstacle is not even the stroke but that stroke survivors simply don’t always have access to the support and resources they need to return to work. We applaud Rep. Beatty’s commitment to ensuring that all Americans have access to the tools they need to return to living meaningful and impactful lives after stroke.”

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