Webcasts and podcasts are pre-recorded and may be played at any time
New Feature Presentations focus on Family Life and Relationships.
Parenting with MS
This Feature Presentation discusses communicating with your child, helping your child cope with a parent's MS, and the transitions that may be required.
MS in a Personal Relationship
This Feature Presentation examines the issues of changing roles in your family and successful strategies for coping together.
To view these and other MS LEARN ON LINE webcasts go to nationalmssociety.org > Multimedia Library > Webcasts & Podcasts
Did you know that every weekday MS Learn Online debuts a new tidbit of information? Simply go to www.nationalMSsociety.org/mslearnonline and click on the link in the green Daily Minute box.
Saturday, August 29 — 9:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. — Free
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield, Mass.
MS can impact many aspects of a person’s life, but none are more difficult to understand or explain than the hidden symptoms. This educational program will specifically focus on fatigue and cognition and how adult relationships may be affected due to MS. Learn strategies to work through these issues and improve your life with MS.
Speakers include Neeta Garg, MD; Elizabeth T. Austin, PsyD; and Carolina Ionete, MD, PhD from UMass Memorial Medical Center, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Multiple Sclerosis: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier
Shelley Peterman Schwarz, Demos Medical Publishing, New York, NY, 2006.
This book is filled with tips, techniques and shortcuts. This book will teach you how to conserve time and energy to be able to do more of the things you want to do. These tips will help you increase the number of good days you have. – 2nd Edition (We have had the 1st edition, but now have the revised 2nd edition available).
Whether you’re recently diagnosed, or managing “an old friend” of a symptom, the Society offers brochures on a range of issues related to MS. These brochures are reviewed by experts in MS and regularly revised for the most accurate information possible.
Some brochures updated in 2009 include Living with MS; Multiple Sclerosis and Your Emotions; Research Directions in MS; Win-Win Approach to Reasonable Accommodations; Food for Thought: MS and Nutrition; A Guide for Caregivers; Solving Cognitive Problems; and Depression and Multiple Sclerosis. In addition, a number of brochures are now available in Spanish. Además, tenemos disponibles folletos en español.
Where to Find
You can read or download PDFs of Society brochures at nationalMSsociety.org/brochures. Or call 1-800-344-4867 for print copies. For easy searching, brochures are divided into eight categories: General Information, Newly Diagnosed, Employment Issues, Staying Well, Managing Specific Issues, Managing Major Changes, For Children & Teenagers and Información en Español. You can also download a PDF catalog with brief descriptions of all the publications the Society offers clients.
One brochure regularly updated with breaking news is Disease-Modifying Drugs. The online version (nationalMSsociety.org/DMD) includes the most recent information possible on the disease-modifying drugs Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone, Novantrone, Rebif and Tysabri. The booklet covers how they are taken, their benefits, side effects, and how to pay for them. Check back regularly for new reports on DMDs.
Seventy percent of people with MS are unemployed and at least half of these people would like to be working. If you’re one of them—or know someone who is—check out the latest offering from MS Learn Online, MS in the Workplace. This free two-part webcast presents strategies to help you reenter the workforce—and maintain your place once you’re in it. MS in the Workplace is on nationalMSsociety.org/webcasts.
Part 1 is targeted toward the employee or potential employee with MS. Rehabilitation counselor Dr. Kurt L. Johnson addresses issues as varied as how to harness energy and improve cognition to how to navigate your health care and the human resources department in a prospective company.
Part 2, targeted to people in hiring positions, gives employers the basics on MS, and features some who have employees with MS. “Their personal stories show that people with MS are as productive as anyone else,” said John Aden, senior manager of Program Development for the Society. It also shows what “reasonable accommodations” mean, and under what circumstances an employer is responsible for putting them in place.
“This video clears up misgivings an employer might have,” said Aden. “Someone with MS, or a member of his or her family can send this link to an employer.” Other employment resources include Momentum magazine’s article, For A Successful Job Interview.
And even before you’ve landed that job, check out: Disclosing MS in the workplace. Click through the menu on the right for a program to help you make an educated decision on whether or not to disclose your medical condition—and to whom.
Rehab counselors often advise their clients to ask themselves: Why am I telling? Who am I telling? How much am I telling? What are the positive and negative results? If the anticipated results fall more often in the positive than negative category, that will help you decide. Remember the bottom line: Once you disclose, you can’t take it back. Go to nationalMSsociety.org/disclosework for more information.