Each situation is unique, so there is no single or simple answer when it comes to disclosure. If, after considering all your options, you make the decision to disclose information about your medical condition or impairment, think carefully about when, with whom and how much you want to share. Once the information is out there, you cannot take it back. There are risks involved and there is no way to know for sure if your job will be in jeopardy once you disclose. You may experience support, relief and understanding, or face curiosity, rejection, fear, pity and resentment.
Whatever your decision, know your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as well as your local human rights laws. Familiarize yourself with your company’s time and leave policies as well as short- or long-term disability plan requirements. Knowledge is power and this information can help protect you should you decide to disclose.
If you would like to discuss your decision with someone at the National MS Society, find out about local employment resources, or be referred to employment law attorney call 1-800-344-4867 or visit the “Ask an MS Navigator” discussion board on MSconnection.org .