Expert Briefing: Work it Out: Managing Parkinson's in the Workplace
Miriam Rafferty, PT, DPT, PhD
Research Scientist, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
Bradley McDaniels, PhD, CRC
University of North Texas
At the conclusion of the course, participants will:
- Identify common employment and disclosure challenges in the workplace for people with PD.
- Describe the ADA, and how it applies to people with PD who want to work.
- Identify and differentiate discrimination in the workplace and find proactive approaches to help people with PD retain their employment.
Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can significantly disrupt every aspect of one's life, particularly when diagnosis occurs during prime working years. Remaining in or returning to employment, in particular, can cause anxiety. Regardless for the reasons for wanting to work (e.g., financial, social, sense of meaning), people with PD should be equipped with the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions. This presentation is designed to provide those with PD, their care partners, and professional who interact with them with information about legal rights, aspects of disclosure (e.g., do I have to tell my employer?), and accommodations.
Dr. Miriam Rafferty is a Research Scientist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006, her Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2010, and her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015. She completed postdoctoral fellowship training in Health Services and Outcomes Research and implementation science at Northwestern University. Her current research at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab focuses on proactive interdisciplinary rehabilitation for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and facilitation of knowledge translation research throughout the organization. She is published in the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Journal, and the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. She has current funding from the National Institutes of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, the Department of Defense, and the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Dr. Brad McDaniels is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling, Research, Policy, and Education. After graduating, he spent 18-months in a Post-Doctoral Rehabilitation Research Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a focus of Parkinson’s Disease. Brad subsequently joined the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services at the University of North Texas in the Spring of 2020. His research focus includes: Psychosocial adaptation, quality of life, and employment for individuals with Parkinson’ s disease and other chronic neurologic conditions.