Employment Matters: New Workshop Series for Multiple Sclerosis

Employment Matters: New Workshop Series for Multiple Sclerosis

By Kate Floyd
Education Coordinator, Swedish MS Center

What do I tell my boss? Will I have to quit? How will I afford my future?

A multiple sclerosis diagnosis can come with a lot of uncertainty and questions about the future. But it does not have to be career-ending. Learning about your employment options and planning ahead can help you make informed decisions about your career.

Beginning May 8, 2013, the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish Neuroscience Institute will offer free workshops to help people navigate their employment options. Employment Matters is a monthly series  designed to prepare people with the knowledge to confidently approach challenges, build a career plan and strengthen their employment options.

Shaheen Virani, CRC, leads the Employment Matters workshops. Shaheen is a rehabilitation counselor who specializes in helping people with MS make plans and decisions to support their individual employment needs--whether it is to continue working, make a career change or apply for disability.

Here are a few Employment Matters topics coming up this spring. (Click here for the full 2013 schedule.)

What are your employment rights?
Learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave and other employment-related laws and how they can protect people with multiple sclerosis.
May 8, 2013 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Should you tell your boss you have MS?
Guidance on Disclosure of Disability in the workplace and advice on how to handle disclosure.
June 12, 2013 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Having a clear path and plan for employment can help reduce stress, benefiting your overall wellness. Find more resources for employment and wellbeing support on the MS Center website.

Comments
Kate Floyd | Education Coordinator, MS Center
Hi Heidi!

Thank you for your question. You might consider reaching out to the Seattle Arthritis Foundation (arthritis.org) for specific resources, or contact the Job Accommodation Network (800-526-7234) or the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (1-800-637-5627). Both are free services. I hope this is helpful!
4/24/2013 1:14:02 PM
Heidi Garman
This sounds like a great resource for people with MS. I was just wondering if there are any programs like this for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Ankylosing Spondylitis? Thanks! -Heidi
4/21/2013 12:28:17 PM
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