Work and Education Focus
(employment/getting back in the work force/staying in the workplace; volunteer work; going back to school)
MS can be unpredictable. This unpredictability plays out in a variety of ways in a person’s life and can impact a person’s ability to work, volunteer or attend school. Many people living with MS continue working long after their diagnosis. Many people diagnosed also look into new ways to work that might include flexible schedules, working from home and new career paths that require less daily travel or stress.
Positive psychology can be an important tool in addressing one’s work or education situation. As Shawn Achor points out in The Happiness Advantage, priming the brain with positive thoughts improves performance in both business and academic environments.
The following resources may help you navigate important decisions – like whether to continue working or attending school, – how to make changes, or modify your current situation through communication, accommodations or overall understanding of your employment rights. Start with a personal call-to-action checklist.
- Connect with others with similar interests and experiences through the Society’s private community at MSconnection.org, as well as “Ask an MS Navigator” your questions within the community, or
- With National MS Society Employment Resources like Disclosing MS, Career Crossroads, Workplace Options, or
- In online courses, or
- Through financial planning, Insurance and Money Matters
In National MS Society publications like
- Focus on Employment,
- Should I Work? Information for Employees and A Place in the Workforce,
- The Win-Win Approach to Reasonable Accommodations: Enhancing Productivity on Your Job,
- ADA and People with MS , Know Your Rights: A Legal Guide for People Living with MS
By phone – Society employment experts across the country can be found by calling the Society at 800-344-4867 or by searching your local chapter website
Volunteering can have a meaningful, positive impact on your community and your attitude – it can also help you learn or develop a new skill, boost your career options, gain motivation or sense of achievement, explore new experiences, interests and hobbies, meet a diverse range of people, and be a part of your community. Get Involved with the National MS Society special events, advocacy and activism.