October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
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.
Expedited 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.
Tips 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:
- 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