Employment Issues and Multiple Sclerosis

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    In general, the best reason for disclosing your disability status is that you foresee a need for a reasonable accommodation on your job. If symptoms of your illness are obvious to others, if they have begun to interfere with your job performance, and/or if you have been receiving feedback from your employer that there are problems with your performance, you may want to approach your employer about possible accommodations. Although you do not have to disclose the underlying cause of your disability,...Read More
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    There are two different disability programs—Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). For both programs, the individual must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. The main difference between the two programs is that SSI is based on (a) financial need and (b) intended for the individual who has not worked the necessary number of credits (or quarters) and, therefore, has not contributed the required money to the Social Security...Read More
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    To the extent that the most precipitous decline in physical functioning typically occurs during the first 5 years after diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), recently diagnosed people (the majority of whom are employed) may need assistance with such on-the-job issues as knowing when and how to disclose any disability-related work limitations, identifying how those limitations could be overcome via reasonable accommodations, and requesting accommodations from their employers as per Title I of the...Read More

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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.

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