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Articles by Katharine Gardner

Life November 9, 2009

Rosalind Joffe: Returning to Work after Disability

Rosalind Joffe is a co-author of Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend! and the founder of, a career-coaching practice that helps people with chronic illnesses develop workplace skills. She helps her clients return to the workforce after an extended absence and assists them in the process of succeeding in their careers. Joffe emphasizes that workplace success in the face of illness is transforming. “It gives you the power and the confidence to face other challenges, large and small,” she writes in her book. Because disabilities vary greatly, and “no two people’s stories look the same,” Joffe says there’s no single, generic piece of advice that she can give to her clients and others. Still, she offers five tips that are applicable to anyone with a disability who is considering going back to work. 1. Do a reality check. Joffe says people with disabilities need to be realistic about a career ... keep reading »