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Ask Congress to help make returning to work easier for stroke survivors

We believe that stroke survivors should have access to the support and resources they need in order to return to work after a stroke. You can help us ensure that this access is provided

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers free assistance on workplace accommodations over the phone (800-526-7234 or TTY 877-781-9403) and online to people, including stroke survivors, with physiscal or cognitive limitations that affect employment. JAN's services include one-on-one consultation about:

  • Job accommodations;
  • Requesting and negotiating accommodations; and 
  • Rights under the Americans With Disablilities Act (ADA) and other laws. 

Congress is considering legislation that seeks to address stroke survivors' return-to-work issues. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), who are stroke survivors themselves, have introduced legislation encouraging JAN to promote awareness and assistance among employers to enable stroke survivors to return to work. How can you help make this happen? We've made it easy for you to call your representatives in Congress to let them know how important this issue is to you and to the stroke community.

Please call your representatives in Congress to let them know how important this issue is to you and to the stroke community.

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Talking Points

This issue is important because:

  • Returning to work can be critical for a stroke survivor and their family because many people have health insurance through their employer; thus, losing a job also means losing healthcare services critical to a survivor’s recovery
  • Some stroke survivors can return to work after their stroke, but some need help to do so
  • The guidance provided by the Job Accommodation Network is important because it helps stroke survivors know what accommodations to ask for and helps employers know what they need to provide to make that return successful
  • I have experienced this first hand… (explain how therapy has helped you or a loved one)