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Place in the Workforce
An overview from the National MS Society
Some jobs are compromised by MS symptoms much more quickly or directly than others. If your job is very physical, you’ll be concerned about fatigue, balance, or problems walking. If your job requires planning and problem-solving, you will be more concerned about subtle cognitive changes—problems with thinking, memory, or concentration. Fatigue and cognitive problems, which trigger more unemployment than mobility impairments do, can be hard to accept personally, but they are not automatic bars to holding a job.
The most important point to keep in mind is your personal decision to keep working. The keys will be flexibility and creativity to make adaptations in the way you do your job, and your willingness to seek accommodations available to you through the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. Equally vital in some situations will be your willingness to consider changing the type of work you do and taking on the challenge of training or education for the change.
Identify ways to manage your stress
Plan for the future
There is no need to go it alone. The Society office nearest you may have the referrals you need, or a job retention program, or peer counseling.
The office will certainly have Society publications. These include:
|Beverly Noyes is the Associate Vice President of Programs & Staff Development at the National MS Society. Previously at the Society’s National Capital Chapter in Washington, DC, Dr. Noyes managed Operation Job Match, a pioneering employment program for people with MS and other adult-onset disabilities. Dr. Noyes is a certified career counselor and a licensed professional counselor.
|Last updated March 2007|