Your Guide to Applying for Disability Benefits for MS

By Ann Pietrangelo
Reviewed by Dana Cooper, M.D.
May 03, 2023

It’s possible for some people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to continue working indefinitely. But research suggests that about 70% of people with MS are no longer working 10 years after their diagnosis. How long a person can work may depend on how severe their symptoms are and, of course, the type of work they do.

Medical treatment and assistive devices may be the only help some people need to continue working. And asking for reasonable accommodations as spelled out in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can also keep people with MS working as long as possible.

Even so, at some point you may find that you can’t work full time anymore. That’s where Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) comes in. Applying can be a long and potentially intimidating process, but you can minimize frustration by learning how it works before taking that first step.