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Part of the mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is to advocate for the rights of people with MS. Advocacy can mean voicing concerns or providing awareness. We believe that when the members of the MS Society work together, we can enhance services, preserve the independence, and protect the rights of people with MS in our area
What Is Advocacy?
We encourage you to join us and raise your voice to demand consideration on behalf of the MS community. Help us safeguard fair medical coverage and funding for research, protect disability rights and ensure that all public spaces are accessible no matter what your physical limitations are.
By working with policymakers, encouraging people to communicate with lawmakers, and nurturing respect for people who must confront MS, we can make a difference.
What do Advocates Do?
Some activities in which MS Advocates have participated are:
- Sharing their stories
- Representing the National MS Society at Legislative Delegation Meetings
- Communicating with local government officials
The Mid Florida Chapter welcomes you to volunteer your time and knowledge in this effort by becoming an activist. For more information, contact Jenna Paladino at 813-374-0625 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can view the National MS Society Home Advocacy webpage. You can also sign up as an advocate by clicking the link below.
Building on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's 2011-2015 Strategic Response we must improve our communication and strongly voice our needs at the federal, state and local level. Communication via traditional mail seems old fashioned however elected officials are inundated with e-mail. Therefore a hand written or typed mailed letter catches their attention immediately.
- How to identify your Federal Member of Congress:
www.house.gov (upper left corner-"find your representative")
- Where to find your State Legislator:
www.myfloridahouse.gov (across the top of the page-REPRESENTATIVES)
- State Senator:
www.flsenate.gov (left side-Senators)
For a sample letter for government agency assistance please click here. Remember to tailor it to your specific request.
Mid Florida staff and volunteers in Tallahassee with Representative Geraldine Thompson, January 2012