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2/18SSDI Workshop
Get information about SSI and SSDI from Jamie Hall, Esq., a Social Security Disability attorney. You'll learn about eligibility requirements, benefits, returning to work, application process/timeline and where to find help.
 
To register, call 610-402-CARE (2273).
 
Employment Teleconference Series
 
Register for any of the teleconferences above by calling 1-800-FIGHT-MS (option 1).
Chapter receives 4-star charity rating
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Are you minding the employment gap?
 
Joy Mark logoIn the past, an employment gap was something to be embarrassed about or to avoid at all costs. During this period of almost unparalleled unemployment, individuals living with disabilities will face even more challenges re-entering the workforce and must ensure they are not left behind. So what can you do to help you rise above the pack?
 
1. Focus on promoting your expertise, rather than stressing about what accommodations you may need.
 
2. Consider starting your own business.
 
3. Utilize resources, the reach and the expertise of organizations designed to serve workers with disabilities. Check out sites such as abilityjobs.com, ada.gov and disability.gov/employment.
 
4. Highlight issues around your personal character, strengths and competencies. Dealing with a chronic illness requires fortitude, persistence and strength, qualities employers desire.
 
Click here to read more about minding the gap in your employment history, or check out more employment tips on my blog.
 
Ang Onorato is a recruiting consultant for JoyMark Associates, a firm specializing in career development coaching and corporate talent acquisition.
Get to know Christina Forster, MSWorks
  
Christina ForsterChristina L. Forster, MA, CRC is the employment services manager at the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter. Before joining the Society, Christina worked as a rehabilitation counselor for the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, the state vocational rehabilitation agency. Christina also completed an internship at the National Capital Chapter of the National MS Society in Washington, DC. Christina has an MA degree in rehabilitation counseling and is a certified rehabilitation counselor.
 
Forster joined the chapter in January 2009 to lead the MSWorks employment services. Many people living with MS leave the work force prematurely before exploring all options available to them, and the chapter wanted to provide the necessary tools and resources to help reverse this trend. Whether you're employed, considering a career change, thinking about leaving the work force or hoping to get back in, the MSWorks service can provide career counseling and walk you through the local, state and federal resources available to you.
 
For additional information about MSWorks visit MSWorks.org or contact Christina Forster at 1-800-548-4611.
We want your feedback 
 
The Greater Delaware Valley Chapter is interested in hearing what your employment needs are and how we can better serve you. If you are currently working or looking to get back into the work force or change careers, this survey is for you.
 
Please take a few minutes to review the list of current and potential services/programs that follow. Your opinions are very important to us and will help the chapter in developing and improving the employment services we offer. If you'd like any that are not listed, please indicate that as well.
 
Please click here to take the survey.
Employer Profile: Grubb & Ellis 
 
Grubb & Ellis Company is one of the largest and most respected commercial real estate services and investment companies in the world. Its 6,000 professionals in more than 130 offices (including three in the Greater Delaware Valley) deliver comprehensive, integrated solutions to real estate owners, tenants and investors.
  
Grubb & Ellis Company is familiar with the effects MS can have on workers and has a staff member serving on the Business Advisory Council of the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter.
 
The company's policy is to hire well-qualified people to perform the many tasks necessary to offer high-quality service at a reasonable cost. An integral part of this policy is to provide equal employment opportunity in all aspects of the employer/employee relationship.
 
Grubb & Ellis further pledges itself to a program of affirmative action aimed at achieving equal opportunity and providing reasonable accommodation to known physical and mental limitations of job applicants and employees. The company says that no individual will be unlawfully discriminated against or harassed because of a physical or mental disability, and hiring and promotions will be made based on merit and job performance.