Every year, the American Stroke Association hosts the Stroke Hero Awards. This national award honors those who have showcased resilience and outstanding progress in the stroke community.
Stroke Support Association has been chosen as a finalist from over 100 outstanding nominations.
Please help us win this award by voting for us online daily starting today through April 2, 2020. Don’t forget to confirm your email after your initial vote.
Why should Stroke Support Association win?
SA’s mission is to empower stroke survivors and their families with the resources to recover, reclaim, and rebuild their lives after having a stroke. SSA provides the hope, support, education and resource needed to overcome the emotional challenges of life after stroke. All services are free. SSA continues to run on a very modest budget primarily due to its dedicated volunteers and does not receive funding from local or national associations.
SSA is the only provider of free weekly support groups for both survivors and caregivers in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. To best meet the unique needs of both survivors and caregivers, SSA offers separate support groups, each facilitated by trained volunteer health care professionals. Separate groups allow each attendee to share openly, honestly and emotionally in a safe environment amongst true peers.
Hospital Visitors Program:
SSA survivors visit recent stroke survivors still in the hospital, sharing their experience of life after stroke, offering encouragement and providing emotional support to both survivors and family members.
Special Needs Fund:
SSA maintains a special needs fund which is reserved for the exclusive use of our current and active stroke support group attendees who have an identified financial need which they are unable to meet on their own.
Special needs may include adaptive medical devices like a leg or arm brace, adaptive devices to enable a disabled person to drive, funding to attend a stroke related workshop or other stroke related expenses.
Stroke Education Workshops:
SSA hosts several workshops throughout the year open to the public. Past topics included:
- Vision After Stroke: Common Visual Side Effects
- Driving Evaluation
- Assistive Technology
- Getting the Care You Want When You Need it the Most: Your Five Wishes
- Volunteer Opportunities for Stroke Survivors and Disaster Preparedness.
SSA provides printed stoke risk assessment surveys and prevention and education materials at over 20 local health fairs, community events and seminars yearly. A speaker’s bureau consisting of survivors, caregivers and facilitators, offers stroke education while sharing their journey of life after stroke at local conferences and colleges.
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