Progression of Disability Benefits: A Perspective on Multiple Sclerosis
This article is a follow up to a larger study that looked at the Progression of Disability Benefits (PODB) for individuals with disability as a whole. This article takes a closer look at the PODB specifically for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). PODB is defined as "the migration of workers with work-limiting disabilities [such as MS] as they move through a system of economic disability benefits resulting in their ultimate placement into the Social Security Disability system" (Fraser, McMahon, & Danczyk-Hawley, 2003).
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a "central nervous system disorder of slow and uneven progression" (Fraser, McMahon, & Danczyk-Hawley, 2003). Research has shown that the onset of MS generally strikes in the mid-thirties or early forties for most individuals with MS and that primarily well educated women are impacted by this disorder.
First, this study looks at the PODB for individuals with MS in relation to individuals form the general disability population with any other type of disability.
Next, the study examines if variables such as "age, gender, and type of employer" affects the PODB of employees with MS differently than employees from the general disability population.
Finally, this study compares the POBD for individuals with MS to that of another chronic neurological disease, epilepsy.
Fraser, R.T., McMahon, B., Danczyk-Hawley, C. (2003). Progression of Disability Benefits: A Perspective on Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. 19, 173-179.