As a complex and unpredictable disease, MS can have varying effects on a person’s ability to work. New symptoms might make you question whether you can continue working and, when those symptoms subside, you might wonder why you were worried about work at all.
People living with MS often continue working long after their diagnosis. On the flip side, some people with MS decide to leave their jobs when they are first diagnosed or experience their first major exacerbation, often at the suggestion of their family or doctor. This decision is often made too quickly and at a time when symptoms can color judgment. Disease-modifying drugs, new technologies, better symptom management, legal employment protections, and community resources can help you remain in the workforce.
We offer a variety of resources to make important employment decisions including:
- Employment referrals to community resources with expertise in employment issues
- Education teleconference on employment-related issues (disclosure, job accommodations)
- Employment consultations
Employment materials and brochures
Is your resume in need of a new look? Do you need to upgrade your computer skills to compete in today’s job market? Are you currently employed but thinking of making a career change? Do you need information on how to ask for accommodation? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, our Employment Counseling Program may be able to help you.
The Chapter, in collaboration with The Employment Connection at UCP of Greater Suffolk, offers individualized counseling sessions and computer training. You will meet privately with an employment counselor to explore career options and assess your skills. You will learn how to rewrite your resume, how to interview with a prospective employer, and how to handle discrimination on the job.
Seminars and workshops are offered throughout the year and deal with topics such as:
Disclosing MS - This issue is very real. Many individuals with MS don’t have the option of not disclosing, but for those who do, the choice is a difficult one because it involves significant risk. There are personal and professional issues. There are issues of privacy, trust, and integrity.
Employment Barriers - Some jobs are compromised by MS symptoms much more quickly or directly than others. The most important point to keep in mind is your personal decision to keep working.
Vocational Rehabilitation in NY
ADA and Reasonable Accommodation
Upcoming Training Opportunity!
National Customer Service Training and Certification
Individuals with disablities:
Are you... planning a career change? Underemployed? Looking for new work after a mid-career disability? Displaced through downsizing? Re-careering after retirement?
Starting in May 2013 we will be offering a 3 week training program in customer service that will lead to a National Customer Service Certificate. The National Professional Certification in Customer Service signifies demonstrated knowledge and skills noted as important to successful employment in best practice, high-performance companies in the sales and service industries. An individual who earns this certification will have national, transferable certification of skills and knowledge in customer service. After completion of training and testing which leads to certification, we will provide resume development and job placement.
After completion of training and testing which leads to certification, we will provide resume development and job placement.
Limited time offer at no cost to you if you provided by a Bank of America grant if you are committed to immediate full-time or part-time employment and can attend the 3 week training course.
CALL NOW to register or obtain additional information 631-232-0975 ext. 535 (Roberta). The training will begin on April 16th in our Hauppauge Office.
UCP SUFFOLK THE EMPLOYMENT CONNECTION
250 Marcus Blvd.
Hauppauge, NY 11788
For further information, please contact Marissa at (516) 740-7227 or (631) 864-8337.