MSIF’s Global MS Employment report shows that effective changes and adaptions can help more people with MS to stay in work. Which is why we’re delighted that MS Ireland have released two new booklets (available online) on employment and MS.
‘Working with MS: An Employment Resource for People with Multiple Sclerosis’ is designed to help people with MS navigate the issues around managing MS and work. Whilst ‘Working out MS in the Workplace: A Practical Toolkit for Employers’, adapted from the EMSP’s resource of the same name, provides guidance on managing MS in the work place and tells employers what government support is available to them.
Ava Battles, Chief Executive, MS Ireland, said; ‘Because of the unpredictable nature of MS it can often be difficult to determine if and when you will or should make changes to your employment commitment. This booklet aims to provide some advice and guidance so that people with MS can make informed decisions about their working life’.
Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Ireland’s Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, who officially launch the resources, said, ‘While more people with MS are in employment today than in the 1990s due to better treatments and disease management, further improvements are needed. Demystifying some of the concerns around working with MS and supporting employees with MS will help people make informed decisions about their careers and make employers aware of the supports available to them’.