Mar 04, 2013
DENVER – A major success for Wyomingites with physical challenges was celebrated on Feb. 27 when Wyoming Gov. Matthew Mead signed HB100 into law. This legislation excludes the value of assistive devices from being added to the value of vehicles for registration purposes.
“We welcome the vision and support of the Wyoming legislature for passing this bill, and especially thank Rep. Tim Stubson for authoring and sponsoring this meaningful legislation. This will provide tax relief to those who require an adaption to their vehicles related to physical impairments and are already facing significant physical challenges and medical expenses,” said Sharon O’Hara, executive vice president of the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National MS Society.
The Chapter’s MS advocates were instrumental in raising awareness of this issue by sharing personal stories about the impact of this issue. Advocates argued that vehicle adaptive devices such as wheelchair lifts, hand and arm controls, and special seating should not add value – and taxes – to vehicle registrations.
Wyoming has one of the highest prevalence of this disease in the nation with one of every 450 people living with MS compared to one of every 750 people living with MS nationally. MS affects the central nervous system by disrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body and can rob people of movement. MS symptoms vary depending on where the central nervous system is affected and may present in the form of fatigue, vertigo, balance and gait issues and visual impairment. This disease usually strikes people ages 20 – 50 in the prime of life and least two to three times more women than men are diagnosed with the disease.
The Chapter has offices in Cheyenne and Casper that provide programs, education, resources that benefit the more than 1,300 people living with MS in Wyoming.
For more information about MS, visit www.cureMSco-wy.org.
About the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society was founded in 1959 and provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 100,000 individuals residing in Colorado and Wyoming who are affected by MS annually. The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support 325 National MS Society research projects worldwide – eight of which are located in Colorado. The Chapter has offices in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Cheyenne and Casper serving the Colorado and Wyoming communities.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.