Perspectives on Employment from Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis
Matthew Bogenschutz, Ph.D.
The purpose of this RRTC research study is to engage people with physical disabilities in the design, research, and on-going knowledge translation (KT) activities involved in developing and maintaining a RRTC and national resource center on employment. A series of focus groups were conducted to include people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Arthritis other physical disabilities, and transition-age youth with physical disabilities. This webcast will present the findings from this research on employment for individuals with MS, the plans for future research, and the implications for providing information on employment to individuals with physical disabilities. The target audience includes not only people with MS but those stakeholders interested in improving the employment outcomes of this underemployed and unemployed group of individuals.
Matthew Bogenschutz, Ph.D., MSW is an assistant professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Dr. Bogenschutz has worked with people with disabilities and their families for 20 years, as a practitioner, advocate, program administrator, and researcher. he has worked on a multitude of federally funded research initiatives. His current work is about promoting community living for people with disabilities, including employment, housing, and social inclusion, focusing on policy solutions that can systematically improve outcomes. Dr. Bogenschutz teaches bachelor's and doctoral-level courses on social welfare policy and is the social work core faculty for the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program.