My MS symptoms aren’t affecting my work, but I want to plan for the future. How can I feel more prepared for a career with MS?
Do I have to tell my employer about my MS?
You almost always have a choice in whether to disclose your MS diagnosis. You may need to disclose your diagnosis to take advantage of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) protections such as accommodations or medical leave. Other situations are up to you, and whether to disclose is an important individual decision. Learn more about how to decide whether to disclose your MS
Are certain jobs more MS-friendly than others?
Just as every person’s MS is different, their job needs will be too. The key to planning ahead is flexibility. If you work in physical labor, would it be possible to transfer to a management position if mobility became an issue? If you work in an office with many distractions, would it be possible to work from home if your concentration and cognition was affected? Watch this video to learn more about how to maximize your work potential with MS.
What benefits should I look for from a new job? How do I ask about them without telling the interviewer about my MS?
Important benefits for people with MS include paid sick leave, health insurance, as well as short-term and long-term disability insurance. Luckily, these benefits can be an important part of the decision of any employee whether to accept a job. This means that if you’re offered a position, you may be able to ask to review the benefits package that comes with the offer before making a decision, without tipping your potential employer off to your diagnosis.
I don’t know what to expect from my MS; how can I plan ahead for a career?
We all know that MS is unpredictable, which can make planning ahead hard. Learning all of the options available to you can be a great start to making informed decisions about the future. Watch and learn as we explore what to consider and how we can help.
Not sure where to start? Need more information or help with what’s next?
Call 800-344-4867 (800-FIGHT-MS) and speak to an MS Navigator.
Ask them about employment consultation.
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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pleased to assist you in researching information about employment-related issues. Our comments are based on professional advice, published information, and expert opinion, but do not represent legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a qualified attorney.