Until a cure is found, the Arizona Chapter and MS activists are currently pursuing:
- Access to quality health care services
- Accessible, affordable health insurance
- State funded prescription drug assistance programs
- Availability of family care-giving support programs
- Adequate state laws impacting durable medical equipment
- Long-term care resources
- Americans with Disabilities Act & related disability right issues
In Washington, DC, we are working toward positive legislative change. Read about our priority MS issues.
Read the National Health Care Reform Principles. These principles help guide our role in the national health care reform debate and determine the Society's policy priorities.
This legislative session, we will aim our efforts towards finding resolution to the following issues:
- Raise awareness with state legislators about life with MS and the impact on individuals & families in Arizona
- HB2363: The Arizona Americans with Disabilites Amendment Act- A state bill aiming to ensure that the Arizona Courts abide by federal guidelines.
- The History & Process of the State Budget: What is going on and what can be done to protect critical programs that benefit people with MS in Arizona?
Everyday activists work in their communities to represent the needs of people with MS. If you are a part of the MS community, let us know what YOU are doing?
In the west valley, an MS self-help group is working to raise awareness on the importance of Lock-up Family Restrooms.
Lock-up Family Restrooms: Sun City MS Group Initiative
Background: A Family Restroom is a seperate room with a locking door and it is not just an accessible stall within a women's or men's large restroom. It has an extra wide door, ample room for an electric scooter or wheelchair to maneuver, a bar or bars on the wall by the toilet. The room should be large enough to accommodate a handicapped person and his or her assistant.
Issue: The lack of lock-up family restrooms in local businesses and attractions has impeded on the public lives of people with disabilities who need more space and accomomodations when using a public restroom. Handicap acessible restrooms that fit ADA regulations are not adequately meeting these needs and therefore causing many people with disabilities to avoid leaving home.
Mission: To increase the presence of lock-up family restrooms in local businesses and attractions and to compile a comprehensive list of where to find them.