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.
- 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?
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.
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.
- 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 www.gettinghired.com, which connects people to employers committed to hiring people with disabilities, including stroke survivors.
Watch the Living After Stroke webinar on Returning to Work Post-stroke.
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Visit our Resource Library for more resources to help you re-enter the workforce.
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.