Monday, November 28, 2011

Be Part of the Worldwide Movement: Sign Petition Today to Support Access to Work

An international instrument demonstrating the rights and dignity of persons living with disabilities, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities celebrates its fifth anniversary on December 3rd. As part of a worldwide campaign, the National MS Society is joining other international MS organizations in an online petition asking employers and decision makers to remove the barriers that prevent people with MS from finding and staying in work.

Work is a fundamental aspect of our lives. It provides not only a salary, but a sense of self-worth, an opportunity to lead an independent life and to be a fully integrated member of society.  People living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other chronic, fluctuating  diseases are often marginalized by society and their rights to access work are at times not recognized by employers or safeguarded by law in their country. Some barriers to work can be easily removed through small changes to the workplace. Flexible hours, seated rather than standing work and a place to rest during the day could be the differences that enable some people with MS to stay in work for longer.

To play a significant role in the worldwide MS movement, click here to sign the online petition today. The petition--which urges positive changes that will enable people with MS to work--will be delivered to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay. The High Commissioner's office leads the global effort in identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today's human rights challenges. Thanks for taking action!

1 comment:

Ted Thompson, VP Fed Govt Relations, National MS Society said...

Fantastic job everyone! Your efforts made the difference!