The chapter provides a wide array of programs and services to individuals with MS and their families to enhance their lives and create avenues toward greater independence. Our chapter can help individuals with obtaining services in the following areas:
Our Financial Assistance Program was developed to bring meaningful financial guidance to as many people living with MS as possible, with an emphasis on helping maintain an individual’s independence, safety, health and quality of life. Multiple sclerosis creates a range of challenges that can result in short-term financial crises, difficulty obtaining critical medical equipment and home or auto modifications, as well as diminished capacity to pay for MS-generated needs. For more information call 1-800-344-4867, option “1”.
Financial Education Program: Whether you are facing financial challenges or are looking toward financial planning for your future, we can connect you to the resources and expertise you need. Professional financial advisors offer money management and related financial education, including simple budgeting skills, debt repayments, managing cash flow, as well as general financial planning services. Educational materials and tools are also available to help individuals gain more financial independence. For more information call 1-800-344-4867, option “1”.
Educational Scholarships: Providing an opportunity for students to continue their education has been a priority of the National MS Society and the Bob Webster Scholarship Fund since 2003. MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. This is why the National MS Society’s scholarship program exists- to help highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college.
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Transportation Vouchers: The Transportation Voucher Assistance Program provides a book of transportation vouchers using either the NCTD Lift, MTS Access or OCTA Access systems. This program allows individuals to make doctor appointments, go shopping, attend church, or visit family and friends.
Voucher recipients must be Paratransit certified before receiving vouchers. Please note that service areas are limited. If you are Paratransit certified and would like to request vouchers, please call our transportation line at (714) 689-9608.
Clients in need of durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, ramps, lifts) to meet their needs may find a solution by accessing our Equipment Loan Closet. Due to the generosity of community donations and program funding we are able to provide the use of physician prescribed equipment for up to one year while individuals are working with their insurance companies in order to procure equipment designed to meet their individual needs. Loaned equipment may also help individuals who have a temporary need due to a MS attack or condition, or just need some added support to participate in an activity or event.
To make a request or donation, call our Equipment line at 714-689-9609 or 1-800-344-4867, option “1.”
The Chapter thanks the Ability Center for their generous donations that support the Equipment Loan Closet Program.