At the National MS Society, we relentlessly advocate for federal, state, and local government change essential to people with MS.
We must work together to break down barriers to care, improve access to quality health services, and make MS therapies more affordable. We must fight for disability rights, MS research funding, and long-term resources.
We are activists. We make MS issues national priority issues. We hare our personal stories. And we ask our public officials for change that benefits people living with MS and others with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
Change happens through MS activism. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org/MSactivist.
The National MS Society and individuals nationwide relentlessly advocate every day for community, state, and federal issues that impact the lives of people with MS. Our MS activists are the voices of change for the approximately 400,000 people living with MS nationwide
The three Florida Chapters of the National MS Society (North Florida, Mid Florida, and South Florida) advocate for federal, state and local issues important to the 20,000 people living with MS in the state of Florida.
Some highlights include:
Activists contacted state and federal representatives year round to increase awareness about MS and to garner support for legislative issues that are important to them, such as healthcare reform and increased research funding.
Activists traveled to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. to meet with Florida Congressional members during legislative session to advocate on state and federal issues respectively.
Activists participated in Florida Legislative Delegation meetings throughout the year, brining awareness about MS.
State legislative members spoke at NMSS Self Help Group meetings. Self Help Group members also participated in legislative member meetings.
Representatives have appeared and participated in National MS Society Walk MS and Bike MS events.
Activists participated in advocacy trainings through the National MS Society in partnership with AARP's Divided We Fail campaign. Selected individuals were also sponsored by AARP to attend legislative meetings in Washington, D.C. to speak to their federal representatives on healthcare reform issues.
Local activists educated businesses and restaurants about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and advocated and succeeded in getting increased accessibility at those establishments.
• Get Involved
Find easy ways to be an MS activist, including tips and tools.
• Priority MS Issues
Learn about our priorities for improved health care legislation and government programs — at the community, state and national levels.
• About MS Activism
Read about the movement to raise awareness for MS and call for change.
• Success Stories
Read about other MS activists and our success stories.
• Share Your Story
Tell us about your experiences and how you see health care reform.
• Government Programs
Read about available government programs and how they are working for people living with MS.
• Advocacy Resources
Learn about advocacy basics, who represents you, voter registration information, and other useful links.
Change happens through MS activism. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org/MSactivist. For more details about being an advocate contact 1-813-374-0625 or 904-332-6810.