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Ask Congress to be Stronger than MS on World MS Day

May 26, 2015

Tomorrow, members of the MS community all over the world have the opportunity to celebrate and commemorate World MS Day, May 27, 2015, as a day to raise awareness and take action. World MS Day, created in 2009, aims to bring the MS community together to raise awareness and crusade with and for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis. This year, the focus of World MS Day is providing access – not only physical access, but access to diagnosis, treatment, support, education, training, employment and information. 
 
Recently, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) introduced resolutions in the Senate and the House recognizing the need to improve physical access for people with disabilities at federally-funded facilities such as post offices and libraries. Though such legislation as the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 and the Americans with Disabilities Act were both created to aid those who are disabled, neither one requires the installation of automatic doors or other such accessibility measures. 
 
As Senator Murphy said, “Since passage of the ADA more than two decades ago, the United States has led the way in helping people with disabilities integrate into every aspect of American society. Unfortunately though, accessibility for our elderly and disabled citizens at post offices, libraries and other federally-funded buildings is still far too limited. It’s time to do our part and stand up for the equality and dignity of all Americans by passing this resolution.” 
 
The barriers faced by people with MS may vary, but our cause is the same. With the focus on access this World MS Day, we aim as a community to promote accessibility in all aspects. With World MS Day rapidly approaching, do your part! Email your members of Congress to bring awareness to this important access issue and encourage them to cosponsor and pass these resolutions. 
 

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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