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There are two more job readiness programs in the series.

October 2: Symptom Management
Join us on this teleconference to learn practical ways to help manage symptoms such as fatigue and cognitive challenges at work. Click here for more information and to register.

October 9: Legal Rights
Join us on this teleconference to learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a person working with MS. Click here for more information and to register.

Registration closes the Friday before each call. Register through the links above or by calling 1-800-FIGHT-MS (option 1).
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OctoberOctober is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness
A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?


Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is 'A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?' Click here to find out more about this year's theme.
 

ExpeditedExpedited Reinstatement as a 'Safety Net' When You Return to Work

By: Haviv Trocki-Videll, Esquire and Jamie Ray-Leonetti, Esquire


As attorneys and advocates for people with disabilities, we often hear questions like this: "If I return to work, I could lose my Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI benefits. So, what happens if I find out that working is more than I bargained for? Can I return to my benefits? If so, how difficult is that?"
Expedited Reinstatement (EXR) is a program which allows you to get your benefits reinstated without a lengthy re-application process. It may be just the kind of safety net you need to help you 'take the plunge' and attempt a return to work, despite living with MS. Click here to read more.
 

TipsTips for Working with MS

By: Jeannette Torres, Intern at the Client Assistance Program
 
 
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In honor of this celebration, here are a few tips on working with MS.

(1) Like any activity when you have MS, know your limitations. These could include any or all of the following: 

  • Fatigue/Weakness
  • Fine Motor Impairment
  • Gross Motor Impairment
  • Heat Sensitivity
  • Speech Impairment
  • Vision Impairment

Accommodations can help with these limitations, such as allowing longer breaks, providing written instructions, minimizing distractions, reducing stress and physical exertion, assisting with fine motor, speech and vision impairments, making the worksite easily accessible, and reducing worksite temperature. Click here to read more.
 

As always, if you have any questions about employment issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Christina Forster, MA, CRC
Employment Services Manager