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Today Is World MS Day

Today is World MS Day, a day to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis.

It's estimated that 2 million people around the world suffer from Multiple Sclerosis and many of them are in the workplace. In honor of World MS Day, the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation conducted an online MS survey of 8,681 people from 125 countries.

Here's a snapshot of the workplace-related survey results:
96% surveyed were between ages 19 and 60 and 42% had been diagnosed within the last five years;

59% of respondents with MS were employed and 68% worked full time;

67% said MS has affected their work, either by reducing hours on the job or forcing a change in occupations or in necessitating the taking of short-term or long-term leaves;

41.5% of MS patients who were still working said they did so sitting down;

37% said flexible working hours would be important for them;

49% identified supportive employers and colleagues;

83% of those currently not working said they had stopped due to the disease;

47% left the workforce within three years of diagnosis;

85% of those unemployed said fatigue was the most important barrier, and 72% identified mobility problems.

You'll find the full report regarding the impact of MS on the workplace here.

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