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What can you do if multiple sclerosis prevents you from working?

If multiple sclerosis is making work intolerable, it is important to know that you have options, including workplace accommodations and long-term disability care.

First of all, it is important to know that you have no legal obligation to share your diagnosis with your employer. With that said, as your symptoms progress or become more obvious, you might be better off sharing your diagnosis with your employer so they can help make sure you receive the accommodations you need.

So once you do share your diagnosis with your employer, what's next?

What are the available accommodations?

Workplace accommodations available to you may include the following:

  • Working on a lower floor
  • Working closer to the restrooms
  • Taking a short term disability leave
  • Utilizing visual aids
  • Working with memory aids
  • Working from home

Each person's experience is unique, but you should keep the Americans with Disabilities Act in mind and remember that your employer needs to provide you with reasonable accommodations.

Moving forward

Most importantly, don't let an MS diagnosis get you down. These accommodations can not only allow you to continue to work (whether it is part-time or full-time) but also help you remain productive.

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