Awareness – every connection counts
Multiple sclerosis and the MS movement – everyone engaged in addressing the challenges of MS today while moving toward long-term solutions for tomorrow – become better known each year. But more must be done.
Every connection counts when it comes to increasing awareness and support of our cause. Every individual we connect with personally, every letter we write to an elected official, every person in our Facebook network, every poster we put up, every dollar we raise, every video viewed – each connection has the opportunity to change the world for people affected by MS.
World MS Day is May 28, 2014
World MS Day unites MS organizations globally and raises awareness of multiple sclerosis and those living with MS to improve public understanding and support that will move us closer a world free of MS.
The theme for World MS Day 2014 is ‘”access”. Whether it is access to health care, support, work or educational opportunities, there are many barriers to access which people living with MS face in their everyday lives. For World MS Day 2014, MS organizations across the globe are encouraging people to join together and share their “One Day” wishes about their lives with MS – aspirations about barriers to access being dismantled or overcome so people can live their best lives.
Starting in May, visitors to www.worldmsday.org will be able to submit their “One Day” wish, and share it across their social networks. On May 28, World MS Day 2014, a “wish wall” will be revealed where visitors can explore the wishes of people from all around the world and learn more about the challenges impeding these wishes as well as many others faced by those living with MS every day.
What can you do?
Visit www.worldmsday.org from May 5-27 to share your wish. Then explore the access-related wishes of others from around the world starting on May 28.
Contact your legislators to ask them to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.
Write a letter-to-the-editor to spread awareness about MS, related access issues and World MS Day in your community.
Share your wish, a connection statement (create one at www.MSconnection.org) or information about MS through your networks – in-person or social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
Create your own connection image to include in our gallery and share with your network, then explore the gallery to learn about the connections that will help us end MS forever.
MS Awareness Week 2014 is March 3 - 9 and people everywhere are creating connections stronger than the ones MS destroys. During this special week, take action to help others learn more about MS and what they can do to make a difference.
Opportunities in your community
For local opportunities to connect with others to raise awareness about MS, identify the area where you’d like to connect and find an opportunity that matches your passion.
Help others learn about multiple sclerosis
Helping others better understand this complex and unpredictable disease is critical to fueling the progress that changes lives for people affected by MS and ultimately will end the disease forever.
You can view and share the videos below, and many other videos available on the Society’s YouTube channel, to help others better understand MS.