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    1. Ask an MS Navigator

      The Society's MS Navigators help identify solutions and provide access to the resources you are looking for. Call 1-800-344-4867 or see "More info" to contact us online.

    2. For a listing of local employment programs visit our calendar.

      Use the "Employment, Insurance and Financial Planning" filter to view all NYC-SNY employment programs.

    Resources

    1. Acupuncture and MS: The Basic Facts (.pdf)

      An exploration of what is known and not known about this complementary therapy by Alan Bowling, MD, PhD and Tom Stewart. (last updated 2014)

    2. ADA and People with MS (.pdf)

      The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Protection for people with multiple sclerosis. (last updated in December 2015)

    3. Focus on Employment (.pdf)

      Covers disclosure, Americans with Disabilities Act, fatigue & cognitive issues on the job, and telework options. (last updated August 2007)

    4. Working with MS (.pdf)

      General overview of the employment issues that might concern people newly diagnosed. (last updated April 2016)

    5. MS in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers (video)

      This video is a resource for employers, featuring discussions about multiple sclerosis in the workplace.

    6. MS & the Workplace: Employer Education DVD (DVD)

      Provides basic information to employers about managing the impact of MS in the work setting.

    7. Employment Matters: Managing MS in the Workplace Part 1(video)

      Part 1- Thinking Proactively About Employment

    8. Should I Work from Home or Start My Own Business?

      Trying to decide if working from home or starting your own business is for you? Experts in both of these areas will talk about what it takes to be a successful home-based employee or entrepreneur.

    9. Deciding How to Plan Your Job Search. Employers Share How They Find Employees

      Hear from a panel of employers on what they really look for in a job candidate, where they find candidates and how they fill openings.

    10. The Center for Independence of the Disabled, CIDNY

      CIDNY's offices in Manhattan and Queens provide benefit counseling, direct services (e.g. housing assistance, transition services for youth with disabilities, employment-related assistance, healthcare access, benefits assistance, and peer support groups), information and referrals, and recreational activities. There are no charges to consumers for CIDNY's services.

    11. Practical tips for Managing Challenging MS Symptoms on the Job

      MS specialists will share practical ways to manage fatigue and cognitive dysfunction, two of the most common and difficult symptoms people living with MS experience at work.

    12. Wellness and Work

      Positive wellness behaviors can minimize the impact of fatigue and cognitive symptoms and lead to greater productivity on the job. Join a personal trainer and nutritionist as they share tips for physical exercise, healthy eating, stress management, and good sleep habits.

    13. Practical Applications of the ADA Amendments

      Did you know that significant amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have been proposed?  These changes have direct implications on people with MS. This program, will address the ADA, the proposed changes, and key issues including accommodations and disclosure.

    14. Discrimination on the Job

      Think you’ve been discriminated against on the job?  Want to know the signs to look for?  Learn how to spot discrimination on the job, what steps to take, and where to turn for help. Get informed and know your rights in the workplace.

    15. Get Informed: Legal Protections in the Workplace.

      Learn about key employment laws, such as ADA and FMLA, and how you can use them to make an informed  decision about employment

    16. Social Security Disability Eligibility and Application Process

      Learn what it takes to be approved for Social Security disability benefits from a Social Security attorney.

    17. Social Security Disability and Returning to Work

      Learn about the impact work might have on your disability benefits from a community work incentive coordinator.

    18. Don’t Do It Alone: Employment Resources

      Learn about agencies and resources available to help you gain and maintain employment.

    19. How To Search and Apply for Jobs Online

      Does the thought of looking for a job online feel overwhelming? Which job board sites are the best to use? Is your resume formatted properly, especially if it will be scanned by a computer software? HR professionals discuss the tricks of the trade when internet job searching.

    20. How to Apply for Jobs in the Federal Government

      Learn about special hiring programs for people living with disabilities and how to navigate the federal system from a regional recruitment coordinator with the U.S. Department of Labor.

    21. A 21st Century Approach to Job Searching

      Network your way to your next job. Learn about the role online job boards and social networking websites can play in your job search. This program will include an optional online component for those who have internet access.

    22. Managing Challenging Resumes

      Do you need to restructure your resume due to gaps, layoffs, or a career change? Are you over 50 and need a resume makeover? HR professionals will address these and other resume challenges.

    23. Part-Time Jobs with Flexibility

      A Customer’s Point of View Inc. and Christine Durst,CEO of Staffcentrix Learn about part-time and non-traditional job opportunities that allow for a flexible schedule.

    24. Reinvent Yourself

      Hear from others living with MS who changed careers after their diagnosis, along with a vocational specialist who will offer tips on how to navigate this transitional period.

    25. Considerations for Career Changers

      Are you having difficulty with your current job?   Are you considering changing careers but need direction? This program will explore the necessary steps to effectively navigate through this transition.

    26. Home-Based Employment: What Employers Want

      Learn from employers about what they look for when hiring people to work from home.

    27. Employment Program: Home-Based Employment

      Are you interested in working from home? Home-based workers living with MS, along with MS Employment Specialist Barbara McKeon, will share tips and resources to help increase your chances of succeeding at home-based employment.

    28. Employment Program: Federal Hiring Initiatives for People with Disabilities

      The Federal Government is taking steps to become a model employer for people with disabilities. Michael Murray of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), will discuss Schedule A hiring authority and U.S. Department of Labor regulations designed to increase the employment of people with disabilities by federal government contractors.

    29. Employment Program: Maintaining Cognitive and Emotional Health While Unemployed

      Psychologist Lauren Strober will discuss current research that shows the importance of staying productive to maintain your health while unemployed. Along with others living with MS, she will share practical tips on how this is accomplished.

    30. Employment Program: Social Security Disability Application

    31. Deciding How to Plan Your Job Search?

      Employers share how they find employees. Hear from a panel of employers on what they really look for in a job candidate, where they find candidates and how they fill openings.

    32. Should I Work? Work from Home Options for Those on Social Security Disability

      Are you on Social Security and want to work? Do you need to or prefer to work from home? Learn how working might impact your disability benefits and hear about work from home opportunities for people on social security.

    33. How to Talk About MS to Your Employer

      Once you decide to disclose there are still many unanswered questions. Hear from employers and disability advocates on how to talk with your employer about your MS.

    34. Is it Time? Deciding to Change Careers or Stop Working

      Is working, or working in your field no longer an option? How do you know when it’s time to stop or make a change? Learn from a vocational professional what to consider when having to make this important decision.

    35. Curing MS: How Science Is Solving Mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis (book)

      Dr. Weiner is at the cutting edge of MS research and drug development, and he describes in clear and illuminating detail the science behind the symptoms and how new drugs may hold the key to “taming the monster.” In Curing MS, Dr. Weiner teaches us the “Twenty-one Points” of MS, a concise breakdown of the knowns and unknowns of the disease; tells stories from the frontlines of laboratories and hospitals; and offers a message of hope that a cure can—and will—be found.

    36. The Impact of Health Insurance on Career Decisions

      Health insurance considerations can impact your decision to change jobs or leave the workforce. Learn about legal protections and questions to ask to ensure you have the coverage you need.

    37. Working for Me- Living Well with MS (.pdf)

      Working with MS is one in a series of workbooks entitled Living Well with MS. This series is written for — and by — people who have been living with multiple sclerosis (MS) for some time.

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