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 care resources.
We are activists. We make MS issues national priority issues. We share our personal stories. And we ask our public officials for change that benefits people living with MS and others with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
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 those with MS!
The Virginia Citizen Action Network (VA CAN) is a collaboration of Virginians who want to do something about MS now. Led by the three Virginia chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Blue Ridge, Central & Eastern Virginia, and National Capital), the VA CAN represents more than 10,000 people living with MS throughout the state. The Government Relations Committee (GRC) is a small contingent of the VA CAN. The GRC is a group of active and dedicated volunteers from all three chapters. These volunteers maintain contact with their legislators year-round and set the VA CAN’s policy platform.
By engaging legislators on both sides of the political aisle, the VA CAN raises awareness and advocates for policies and programs that will benefit Virginians with MS and their families.
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.
Read about other MS activists and our success stories.
Share Your Story
Tell us about your experiences and how you see health care reform.
Read about available government programs and how they are working for people living with MS.
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 information about the VA CAN and advocacy in the state of Virginia, contact Ashley Chapman, Statewide Advocacy Manager at email@example.com.