Employment Issues and Multiple Sclerosis

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Employment Issues and Multiple Sclerosis


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Multiple sclerosis produces wide-ranging effects on a person's physical, psychological, and social functioning. One of the most important is its effect on employment. Although the vast majority of people with this disease have employment histories and were working at the time of diagnosis, many are unable to maintain employment as the disease progresses.

Employment Issues and Multiple Sclerosis, 2nd Edition is a must read for any person with MS that has a question regarding employment and disability. Chapters cover everything from vocational rehabilitation to job placement, and the laws covering employment.

The Updated Edition Includes:

  • NEW chapter detailing employee rights concerning medical leave, health insurance portability and accountability, and continuation of benefits
  • NEW chapter on Social Security Disability Insurance programs
  • An expanded and updated chapter on the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • An expanded and updated chapter on research and services regarding the employment of Americans with MS
  • Completely updated chapter on policy, programming, and research recommendations to improve the rate of labor force participation of people with MS

Intended for people with MS, their families, physicians, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation professionals, and others interested in the employment implications of MS, this comprehensive new text is a basic resource guide to matters of research, public policy, and service delivery. The author also discusses current trends in health care and rehabilitation, and recommends reforms to better serve the interests of people with MS. "

Product Details

  • Publication Date January 02, 2008
  • Page Count 246
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603644

Editorial Review(s)

"Dr. Rumrill has provided us in this book the equivalent of a 'consumer's guide' to assessing vocational goals, plans, and services as they relate to multiple sclerosis."-- Inside MS

About The Author(s)

Dr. Phillip Rumrill PhD, CRC

Phillip D. Rumrill, PhD, CRC, has a PhD in Rehabilitation and Director of the Center for Disability Studies at Kent State University. Dr. Rumrill has received numerous awards, including the 2005 Rehabilitation Researcher of the Year Award from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Mary Hennessey

Mary L. Hennessey, Ph.D., CRC, is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has authored or co-authored more than thirty articles and 3 books, most on employment and career development of people with chronic illnesses.

Steven Nissen MS, CRC

Steven W. Nissen, MS, CRC, is Director of Employment Programs at the National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Washington, DC and Director of Operation Job Match (OJM), the employment assistance and support program of the chapter. He is also an Employment Consultant to the National MS Society Client Programs and Services Department.

Table of Contents

"Overview of Multiple Sclerosis
Factors Associated with Employment Status
Vocational Assessment Strategies
Employment and Career Development Interventions
Employment and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Federal Laws Concerning Continuation of Benefits, Health Insurance Portability, and Family and Medical Leave
Social Security and People with Multiple Sclerosis
A Perspective on Employment from the national Multiple Sclerosis Society
Policy, Programming, and Research Recommendations to Improve the Employment Prospects of People with Multiple Sclerosis
Appendixes: State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies
Americans with Disabilities Act
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
State Assistive Technology Projects"