The National MS Society has the critical information you need to know your rights, complete a strong Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Application, and think through how you need to approach your working world. Explore these self-guiding tools to get key information. Call us at 800-344-4867 to discuss your options and help find local resources. Also, check out the National MS Society Employment Resources.
Retraining and Employment
California State Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)
(916) 324-1313 (VOICE)
DOR provides consultation, counseling and vocational rehabilitation. Find the nearest Department of Rehabilitation Office near you!
One-Stop Career Centers
One-Stop Career Centers can help you look for work and offer classes like resume writing. Many states offer business services to help employers hire, retain and train workers. One Stop highlight: Choices Software Program for exploring careers and self-assessment.
Information on Federal Government Employment/Schedule A
Federal Employment of People with Disabilities
Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP)
The Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) is an alternate selection process designed to facilitate the recruitment and hiring of persons with disabilities, and to provide them with an alternative way to demonstrate their qualifications for employment than the traditional state civil service examining process. The information below provides more details about the program.
Career Exploration & Self-Assessment Tools
Excellent collection of career assessment tools for career changers and more.
O*NET Resource Center, a comprehensivesource of occupational information. Use this site to download the O*NET database, career exploration tools, job analysis questionnaires, employer guides, and technical reports.
- Deploying Your Passion: Successful Careering in Today's World of Work - a National MS Society teleconference
Disability Benefit Information
Disability Benefits 101
The World Institute on Disability has helped lead people through the maze with this wonderful resource Disability Benefits 101. Get educated and get the answers you need.
- Social Security Disability & MS
Reasonable Accommodations and Employment Law
California's AT Network is dedicated to expanding the accessibility of tools, resources and technology that will help increase independence, improve personal productivity and enhance the quality of life for all Californians.
Pacific Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC)
Provides information, problem solving assistance and referrals for implementing the ADA and Accessible Electronic and Information Technology (E&IT).
800-949-4232 (Voice &TDD)
Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security benefits to employment to affordable and accessible housing.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
If you have questions regarding workplace accommodations or the American with Disabilities Act and other disability related legislation, JAN can help.
- Reasonable Accommodation & Disability Disclosure: The Basics - a National MS Society teleconference