The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a leading resource for the entire multiple sclerosis (MS) community, improving lives today through vital services and support. MSAA provides direct services and ongoing support to individuals with MS, their families, and their care partners.
Most individuals who develop MS are diagnosed as young adults in the prime of their lives, often in one’s 20’s or 30’s. MS occurs when myelin (the protective covering to the nerves of the brain and spinal cord) along with the nerves themselves, become damaged. This damage causes reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways.
The symptoms of MS vary greatly and often include physical and emotional issues. Common MS symptoms include visual problems; overwhelming fatigue; difficulty with balance and coordination; various levels of impaired mobility; depression; and cognitive changes, affecting memory and decision-making abilities. Many experts estimate that 2.5 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with MS.
MSAA has been serving the MS community through our free programs and services for more than 45 years. Some of the ways MSAA assists the MS community include the following programs:
- Toll-free Helpline at (800) 532-7667 ext. 154 — allows people with MS, family members and care partners to connect directly with one of MSAA’s trained and compassionate specialists
- Equipment Distribution Program — provides products designed for safety, dignity, mobility, and independence
- Cooling Distribution Program — offers cooling vests and accessories for adults with multiple sclerosis as well as children diagnosed with pediatric MS, to help reduce heat-sensitivity
- MRI Access Fund — assists individuals who are uninsured or under insured acquire a cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam to help determine a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis or evaluate current MS disease progression
- Educational Programs — offer the MS community the opportunity to connect and gain knowledge from the country's leading MS healthcare professionals through in-person programs throughout the country
- S.E.A.R.C.H™ Program — assists the MS community with learning about different treatment choices
- My MS Manager™ mobile phone app — offers the MS community a convenient and effective tool to manage the ever-changing course of MS
- Award-winning videos and publications such as MSAA’s magazine, The Motivator — provide important and timely information, along with hope for the future
- My MSAA Community — offers individuals with MS, their families, and their care partners a way to connect and share experiences with others affected by MS via a friendly, supportive and safe online community.
To learn more about MS and MSAA, please visit us at mymsaa.org.