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Support Return-to-work Resources -- Send a Message

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 physical 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 Disabilities 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 Representative 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 ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor this legislation and support it when they have a chance to vote on it.

Click the Take Action button at the bottom of this page to send your members of Congress the message shown below. Even though the message begins Dear [Representative/Senator], the names of your members of Congress will be automatically filled in before the message is delivered to them. You can also tell them how this bill could help you or someone you know who is a stroke survivor or caregiver. To do that:

  1. Click on the box below
  2. Type in your personal story

>> Need help? This short video will show you how to send the following message to your legislators. You can also view a short presentation that will walk you through how to take this action by calling your members of Congress or posting on their social media sites.

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Support the Return to Work Act

Dear [Representative/Senator],

Many stroke survivors can return to work after their stroke, but some need help to do so. Please support the Return to Work Act, which would enhance awareness and assistance among employers and employees to enable stroke survivors to return to work.

A stroke is a brain attack that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Since oxygen is carried in the blood, a stroke deprives brain cells of oxygen. Without oxygen, brain cells begin to die. The impact on the stroke survivor depends on what part of the brain is deprived of oxygen and for how long. Some people fully recover from a stroke, while others may face physical or cognitive challenges for the rest of their lives.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. It provides free guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues to individuals with disabilities and employers. This guidance is important because approximately 795,000 strokes occur every year and anyone can have a stroke.



An organization's employees are its most valuable asset. Thus, helping an employee return to work after a stroke is good for the bottom line. In many cases, it also plays a fundamental role in the employee's recovery. Because many people acquire their health insurance through their employer, losing a job also means losing the very healthcare services that are critical to an individual's recovery.

Please support the stroke community by co-sponsoring and voting for the Return to Work Act, introduced by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Representative Joyce Beatty (D-OH). I join National Stroke Association in supporting this initiative, which seeks to address return-to-work issues for stroke survivors by directing the Secretary of Labor, acting through the Job Accommodation Network, to promote awareness and assistance among employers and employees to enable stroke survivors to return to work.

Thank you,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]