Benefits For People With Disabilities
The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.
Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.
National Aphasia Association
Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language but does not affect intelligence. Aphasia impairs the ability to speak and understand others.
The Mission of the National Aphasia Association is to promote public awareness and understanding of aphasia and provide support to all persons with aphasia and their caregivers.
The NAA envisions a society in which aphasia is a commonly understood word and where all persons with aphasia, regardless of individual differences, their families, health professionals, and the public have access to appropriate education and resources that would enhance their potential for an acceptable quality of life.
CDC Stroke Index Page
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a large amount of information on the topic of strokes on this page. Excellent educational resource.
NINDS Stroke Information Page
The mission of NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease.
- Supports and performs basic, translational, and clinical neuroscience research through grants-in-aid, contracts, scientific meetings, and through research in its own laboratories, and clinics.
- Funds and conducts research training and career development programs to increase basic, translational and clinical neuroscience expertise and ensure a vibrant, talented, and diverse workforce.
- Promotes the timely dissemination of scientific discoveries and their implications for neurological health to the public, health professionals, researchers, and policy-makers.
There are thousands of clinical trials worldwide focused on strokes, including over 1,700 that are still recruiting patients. Here’s the index page, sort by condition, study status, etc.:
Find A Clinical Trial
American Physical Therapy Association
All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow you to contact a physical therapist without a physician’s referral. (Your insurance policy may require a visit to the primary care physician first or limit your access to preferred providers only.) If your physician refers you for physical therapy to be provided in the physician’s office, or to a facility in which the physician has a financial interest, know that you are not obligated to receive physical therapy in any specific facility.
You have the right to choose your own physical therapist.
Find a PT by City or ZIP Code
This free website contains over 1,000 exercises for rehabilitation from a number of conditions, including stroke. Includes photographs, sketches and instructions for performing each exercise. Includes the ability to save exercises into discrete workouts and export them to a number of document types. Email each workout to a mobile phone or standard email account. Site was authored by a group of physiotherapists employed by government funded organizations in Sydney, Australia.
Mayo Clinic Stroke Page
More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise. This site contains many educational resources for stroke victims, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. The AHA funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides critical tools and information to save and improve lives. Their nationwide organization includes 156 local offices and more than 3,000 employees.
The National Stroke Association offers largely free education, resources, services, and legislative advocacy focused on the needs of stroke survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals in the stroke community nationwide. Actively provides services to about 90,000 stroke survivors, 30,000 caregivers, and more than 110,000 healthcare professionals in the U.S. and Canada; and the number is growing every day