Michelle: Where can you find support on disclosing MS at work?
Carla King: So, a number of places. There are a couple of institutions like the MS Society, MS Trust, that do good booklets on the workplace, but also your MS nurse can probably support you in some of those things.
Occupational health, so if you do have access to occupational health through work, it’s worth getting that access, because they are impartial, they’re supposed to work for you not the employer, in other words, they’re supposed to assess you and assess, you know, the reality of the situation and give them suggestions on things that they can do.
In terms of, if you want to find out a little bit, for example, about the Equality Act itself, which I always recommend everyone do, there’s a really good website called the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which is really, really good.
The website itself is really good because you can come in as yourself, as the individual, or as the employer, and I come in as both because I like to kind of just look at what people’s obligations are sometimes. And if you do run into any issues, ACAS aren’t just a mediation service, they have also a free helpline of pro bono lawyers that you can just call and ask some questions.
So there are lots of different people that can help, and actually, I always think that sometimes even more locally, like a friend, that somebody can give sort of trusted impartial advice, can also kind of get you through some of these kind of weird and wacky things. So, yeah.