Working with multiple sclerosis
Many multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms are invisible – such as fatigue and numbness – which means that employees with MS may be experiencing a range of symptoms in the workplace which are not obvious. Like those with other disabling conditions, people with MS aim to manage their symptoms in a way that minimises its impact at work. Many will need only minimal assistance from their employer or colleagues. But some employees may need to make changes in the way they work or in the type of work they do. Often, this does not happen until several years after diagnosis, allowing time for both the employer and employee to plan for this possibility.
Working with Multiple Sclerosis
Those who live with MS face the same challenges that other people face in the workplace, but having MS may create some additional problems. It may also develop a persons ability to approach tasks in original and interesting ways, making them a uniquely valuable employee. Living with MS often creates a shift in priorities and behavior, and it’s critical to understand how this affects what someone does and the decision-making process.
Living with MS is enough of a challenge – you don’t have to figure this out on your own. Learn from the success (and failure) of others.