> Chapter Calendar - programs and events sponsored by the Oregon Chapter, and other events of interest in Oregon and SW Washington
> About MS - Learn the facts about MS: what it is; who gets it and why; what symptoms MS can cause; and how it's diagnosed and treated.
> Newly Diagnosed with MS - The National MS Society has developed programs to give you the information and support you need to live comfortably and confidently with this change in your life.
> Living with Advanced MS - Although we have treatments to manage the disease course, they are only partially effective; people whose MS has become more disabling need information about how to manage the challenges they face.
> Pediatric MS - Although MS occurs most commonly in adults, it is also diagnosed in children and adolescents.
Studies and Research:
> Local Studies and Trials - Clinical trials help to determine if a drug is safe and effective for people with MS. People with MS who are willing to volunteer in these studies make it possible for all of us to look forward to new and better therapies.
> Local MS Research - The National MS Society funds research around the world, including projects being conducted right here in the Pacific Northwest.
> National MS Research - The National MS Society is a driving force of MS research, supporting and stimulating world-class research into ways to prevent, better treat and cure this unpredictable disease.
Communities and Support:
> Self-Help Groups - Small groups of people living with or affected by MS who get together to share experiences and support one another.
> MS World - MSWorld®, Inc. provides a global virtual community of support to people living with multiple sclerosis. The site’s sole mission is to create a safe, informative, useful, and fun place for people to meet, share ideas and gain useful resources to help manage and cope.
> Facebook - Join the Oregon Chapter’s Group
> Twitter - Follow the Oregon Chapter
> YouTube – View the Oregon Chapter’s Broadcast
> Flickr - View the Oregon Chapter’s Photostream
> Financial Assistance - The National MS Society’s Financial Assistance Program offers guidance, leverage and resources to help contain the financial impact of MS.
> Medical Equipment Program - The Oregon Chapter will provide used and refurbished medical equipment to people with MS. Inventory of equipment varies depending on equipment donations and chapter funding.
> Scholarship Program - 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.
Resources and Referrals:
> Information Resource Center (IRC) - 1 800-344-4867 - Our professional staff is available to find answers to your questions and to make referrals to appropriate resources.
> Knowledge Is Power - a free, in-home educational series for people newly diagnosed with MS and their families. This comprehensive program provides up-to-date facts about many aspects of MS.
> MS Learn Online - The Society’s educational webcast series. New webcasts appear bimonthly and past webcasts can be downloaded and viewed at any time.
> MS and Employment - Developing and achieving employment goals can be accomplished despite your MS diagnosis. We offer information about making important workplace decisions, such as disclosure and your legal rights.
> Insurance and Money Matters - Information and resources for health coverage needs, staying covered when changes occur, about other types of insurance important to people with MS, and engaging in early and ongoing financial planning.
> Affordable Accessible Housing - This is often a critical element in enabling people with MS to preserve their independence and remain engaged in their communities. Whether seeking to renegotiate a mortgage, arrange home modifications, apply for rental vouchers, or explore affordable assisted living - we’ve developed a user-friendly resource to help families evaluate their housing needs and better understand the range of housing options available to them.
> Caregiver and Family Resources - The role and wellbeing of a caregiver is of critical importance. Taking care of yourself is good for you, good for your loved one, and good for the relationship you share together.
> Relationship Matters - This program can help couples strengthen their partnership and minimize the impact of MS on their life. By choosing from in-person, teleconference and online options, couples can learn techniques and information to keep their most important relationships moving forward.
> Real Talk…Real Answers - living with MS in your 20s and 30s - A web-based program designed specifically for young adults. Topics you can learn about include “MS and Your Career” and “MS and Your Relationships”.
> Pediatric MS Support - Children and Teens with MS: A Network for Families offers educational and psychosocial support for families living with MS. The Network is a collaborative effort of the National MS Society and the MS Society of Canada. Together we recognize the unique needs of these families.
> Let’s Talk MS - for Kids – for kids who have a parent with MS
> Let’s Talk MS - for Teens – for teens who have a parent with MS
> Exercise and Wellness Resources - Fitness is for everyone. Even with a neurological disorder like multiple sclerosis, it is possible for people to be fit within the limits of their disability.
> Emergency Information Cards - Available to our clients with MS, these are license-sized cards with the member's name and telephone number, and an emergency contact.
Advocacy and Government Relations:
> Take Action - At the National MS Society, we relentlessly advocate for federal, state, and local government change essential to people with MS. Learn about local actions, and how to join the movement.
> MS Awareness Week - Are you ready to move it?! MS Awareness Week is March 8-14, 2010 and there are so many ways to move it toward a world free of MS! Make your mark today!
> World MS Day - Join the Global Movement. End MS!
> Keep S’Myelin - colorful, engaging, informative, and reassuring newsletter to help children and their parents talk and learn about MS together.
> MS Connection - The Oregon Chapter publishes a quarterly newsletter with articles and information about local news, events and research.
> Momentum Magazine - Momentum is the national magazine of the National MS Society.
> Information for Healthcare Professionals - The Society's Professional Resource Center, which houses the most comprehensive library of MS information in the world, offers information, publications, clinical consultations, and literature search services.
> Information for Researchers - Funding opportunities, research tools and other support for researchers.
> Información en Español - Bienvenidos a este su centro de información sobre la esclerosis múltiple (EM)