National societies

The first and best place to turn for help with MS is a large, well-organized national society dedicated to helping people with MS and their friends and families. In Canada, the national organization is the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. It provides a wide variety of resources, including:

  • information – publications, a library of print articles and videos, and conferences and workshops
  • funding – financial support for services and equipment not covered by government or community agencies
  • support – individual advocacy, counselling and consultation, self-help groups, and recreation and social programs

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers is an organization and network for MS care centres and all health care professionals specializing in MS.

There are also other groups that can offer useful information and a connection with people in other countries. The international umbrella group is the Multiple Sclerosis International Foundation (MISF). The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is a member of the MSIF, as are societies in many other countries around the world. The MSIF also provides resources of its own – facts, information, publications, personal stories, online lectures, and links – and it makes much of its information available in several languages.

In the US, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) is the organization to turn to first. The NMSS can also be useful to Canadians as an information resource; it has a considerable amount of information on current research and current news on MS. It is necessary to remember, however, that treatments available in the US may not be the same as those available in Canada.

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