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Expert Briefings Parkinson's Foundation

Part of the Parkinson's Foundation Expert Briefings Web Seminar Series 

Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD)

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Includes Complimentary CEs

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 information about legal rights, aspects of disclosure (e.g., do I have to tell my employer?), and accommodations.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • 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; and,
  • Identify and differentiate discrimination in the workplace and find proactive approaches to help people with PD retain their employment.


Miriam Rafferty Miriam Rafferty, PD, DPT, PhD, 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.
Bradley McDaniels Dr. Brad McDaniels, PhD, CRC, 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.