One of the goals of the ESRD Network program has been to encourage people with kidney failure to take part in vocational rehabilitation programs. These programs can help people with a variety of conditions to work when possible.

Many people with kidney failure have abilities that can add value in the workplace. Unfortunately, too often these individuals face employment barriers and a culture that does not appreciate the skills they can bring to a job. Active participation in the workplace is a win/win. It can increase self-worth while amplifying their individual and collective “voices” in the workplace.

If you are interested in learning more about entering or returning to the workplace, we encourage you to review the following resources:

Job Accommodation Network is a website that lists vocational rehabilitation office contacts by state.

Working with Chronic Kidney Disease is a brochure from the National Kidney Foundation with practical tips and to dos on preparing to (re)join the workforce.

Working While Disabled is a brochure that explains how Social Security helps people with disabilities while they are working.