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    1. Equipment Purchase

      The Chapter provides financial assistance toward the purchase of durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, scooters, shower benches) if the member’s insurance carrier has denied coverage or if funding is prohibitive.

    2. Modifications: Home and Auto

      The Chapter provides financial assistance toward the implementation of home and auto modifications. A doctor’s prescription is required, along with a written assessment from the contractor, including needs and cost. All modifications must be ADA compliant. In addition, a written statement of agreement from the owner of the building is needed.

    3. Medical Transportation

      The chapter offers a maximum of three round trips (or the financial equivalent) for members to get to appointments with health care professionals. Requests must be made at least one week prior to the medical appointment. Please identify if you are using a wheelchair, scooter, or power wheelchair.

    4. Ask an MS Navigator

      The Society's MS Navigators help identify solutions and provide access to the resources you are looking for. Call 1-800-344-4867 or see "More info" to contact us online.

    Resources

    1. Minimizing Your Risk of Falls (.pdf)

      Identifies risk factors for falling and strategies to reduce those risks. (last updated April 2016)

    2. At Home with MS—Adapting Your Environment (.pdf)

      Modify a house or apartment to save energy, compensate for reduced vision or mobility, and live comfortably when MS is severe. Many do-it-yourself changes. By Jane E. Harmon, OTR. (last updated October 2016)

    3. Driving with Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)

      Addresses questions and concerns about how MS might affect a person’s ability to drive now or in the future. Includes information about driving evaluations and different types of auto adaptive equipment. By Pat Niewoehner, BS, OTR/L, CDRS, and Florian P. Thomas, MD, PhD. (Updated August 2016)

    4. Hiring Help at Home (.pdf)

      Checklists and worksheets for people who need help at home. Forms for a needs assessment, job description, and employment contract. (last updated 2014)

    5. How to Choose the Mobility Device that is Right for You (.pdf)

      Understand the full range of tools available to stay functionally mobile, comfortable and safe. Offers full-color photos of devices ranging from the simplest cane to the most complex power chair, guidance on how to determine if and when a device might be appropriate, and important safety tips. Introduces readers to assistive technology professionals and outlines the steps involved in a comprehensive evaluation for a wheeled mobility device. (New August 2013)

    6. MS in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers (video)

      This video is a resource for employers, featuring discussions about multiple sclerosis in the workplace.

    7. Caring for Loved Ones with Advanced MS - A Guide for Families (.pdf)

      This booklet is designed for families who are caring for a person with advanced Multiple Sclerosis.

    8. Free From Falls Part 1 (video)

      Free From Falls is a comprehensive fall prevention program for people with multiple sclerosis. This DVD provides an introduction and overview of fall risk and prevention. The target audience is people with MS who are ambulatory (alone or with a cane, walking stick or crutch). Part one of a two-part series.

    9. Free From Falls Part 2 (video)

      Free From Falls is a comprehensive fall prevention program for people with multiple sclerosis. This DVD provides an introduction and overview of fall risk and prevention. The target audience is people with MS who are ambulatory (alone or with a cane, walking stick or crutch). Part two of a two-part series.

    10. 101 Accessible Vacations: Travel Ideas For Wheelers And Slow Walkers (book)

      101 Accessible Vacations: Travel Ideas for Wheelers and Slow Walkers is the first guidebook dedicated exclusively to wheelchair-accessible destinations, lodgings and recreational opportunities. Penned by Candy B. Harrington, the editor of Emerging Horizons, this new title focuses on the vacation planning needs of wheelchair-users and slow walkers.

    11. Employment Matters: Managing MS in the Workplace Part 1(video)

      Part 1- Thinking Proactively About Employment

    12. Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis

      The National MS Society is collaborating with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs MS Centers of Excellence to support improved care and support services for veterans with multiple sclerosis and their families.

    13. Staying Mobile

      Staying Mobile can be accomplished through effective symptom management, the use of mobility aids, automobile adaptations and the use of assistance animals.

    14. Increasing Accessibility

      Increasing Accessibility often requires the adaptation of tools and devices at one’s home or work — and becoming an MS activist in the community.

    15. Using Assistive Technology for People Living with MS

      This teleconference will explore a variety of assistive technologies that can enable people living with MS to function better at home, at work and at leisure. The presenter will also address resources that may be available in the community for funding of equipment.

    16. Access-A-Ride

      MTA New York City Transit Access-A-Ride (AAR) provides millions of trips a year for eligible customers in New York City. AAR also provides service within a three-quarter-of-a-mile corridor beyond fixed-route service across the New York City borderline to nearby areas of Nassau and Westchester Counties. Some people use AAR occasionally, while others use it on a regular basis. AAR does its part to make New York City accessible to everyone.

    17. Barrier Free Living(BFL)

      Barrier Free Living (BFL) is dedicated to helping New Yorkers with disabilites live independently in the community. BFL provides a range of services and linkages to other community resources through various programs, enabling individuals to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of their living dignified, secure lives. They specialize in programs for domestic violence, homelessness and disability advocacy.

    18. Independence Care System, ICS

      ICS is a Medicaid-managed long-term care plan licensed by New York State for individuals with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses. Their mission is to provide their members with the health and social supports they need to live full and satisfying lives at home, in their own communities. ICS has a unit dedicated to people living with MS and works in collaborations with the NYC-SNY Chapter.

    19. Affordable Accessible Housing Guide for NYC-SNY

      Affordable, accessible housing is critical to maintaining independence and remaining engaged in life. There are numerous options and eligibility requirements that can quickly become confusing. Whether you are seeking to renegotiate a mortgage, arrange home modifications, apply for rental vouchers or explore assisted living options, this guide can help you evaluate your housing needs and better understand options.

    20. CogniFitness – Keep the Mind Moving

      This call discusses cognitive issues and engages you in practical activities to help focus your attention and improve memory, planning and problem solving skills. Speaker: Nancy Lowenstein, OT, Mount Auburn Hospital Comprehensive MS Care Center.

    21. Live Fully, Live Well

      Managing your health and wellness is an integral part of "living well" with MS. Live Fully, Live Well is a comprehensive wellness program from the National MS Society and Can Do MS, designed for people living with MS and their support partners. Live Fully, Live Well covers topics affecting the whole family living with MS in order to strengthen relationships, increase understanding and promote improved health and quality of life.

    22. Rental housing for persons with disabilities in Freehold, NJ

      Kershaw Commons is the East Coast’s First Accessible, Affordable Rental Residences for People Needing Specialized Services Coordinated by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    23. NYC Housing Connect

      Find and apply for affordable housing.

    24. Rental housing for persons with disabilities in Simsbury, Connecticut

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