National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education and Awareness Month promotes understanding of the disease so people living with MS and their loved ones can make informed decisions about their health and employment.
Impacting more than 250,000 people in the United States, MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. MS is most commonly diagnosed in women age 20 through 40, but can impact both men and women at any age. While there is no known cure for MS, therapies may slow the disease’s development, manage symptoms and help people living with MS maintain their quality of life.
Living with MS can affect your desire or ability to work. Sometimes your symptoms might make you question whether you can work. When those symptoms subside, you might wonder if you are ready to try to work. Ticket to Work and Work Incentives can help you return to work or try it for the first time by connecting you to an employment team that can support you when times get tough and assist with finding the right job and provide the right accommodations so you can be successful.
Through work, you can increase your income and pursue long-term financial independence. You may also be able to use Work Incentives to get back on benefits if the severity of your symptoms require you to stop working. You can even maintain your Medicare and/or Medicaid while you work.
If you are considering work, check out these employment-related resources: