This week we are releasing a new report which shows that a significant number of people with MS are leaving employment earlier than they need to.
The report, based on data from a global survey of over 12,200 people affected by MS, shows that 43% of people with MS who weren’t working had left employment within three years of diagnosis. This rose to 70% within 10 years of being diagnosed.
The report also reveals that MS symptoms, including fatigue and cognitive impairment, have an impact on people’s ability to work.
The good news is that a number of simple changes required to enable people affected by MS to stay in work, such as reasonable adjustments and increased access to treatments, are achievable.
The report includes recommendations for employers, policy makers and researchers. It also encourages people affected by MS to carefully consider telling their employer as soon as possible after diagnosis, so that adjustments can be made in good time.