FALL 2012 PROGRAMS & SERVICES IN YOUR COMMUNITY MARK YOUR CALENDAR people whose voices aren’t being heard. Make sure yours is. National Voter Registration Day is September 25, 2012. Register yourself and learn how you can register others at www.usa. gov/Citizen/Topics/Voting/Register.shtml. PREPARE TO VOTE ADVOCACY MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT BY RENEE VANDLIK Election Day 2012 is on the horizon, so get ready to cast your vote for who best represents the issues you care about. Here’s what you need to know to vote in the elections on November 6. This year, citizens in 30 states will have to comply with voter identification laws. Contact your local polling precinct ahead of time to find out what you’ll need. Also ask about accessibility: you don’t want to show up, only to find out you can’t get in the door. Since 2005, The Help America Vote Act requires every precinct in the country to have at least one voting machine or system accessible to persons with disabilities, including those with vision impairments. Learn more at www.aapd.com/what-we-do/voting/. If it’s difficult to vote in-person, plan to vote absentee. Learn more at www. longdistancevoter.org. THE BIG PICTURE THE INFORMED VOTER This fall, Americans will cast votes for the presidency, every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and one-third of the U.S. Senate. What’s different? Since the 2010 census, 15 million Americans became eligible to vote and an anticipated 50 million more will vote this November due to stronger engagement in national campaigns. However, people with disabilities register to vote at a 16 percent lower rate than other Americans. And with 1 in 10 eligible voters having a disability, that’s a lot of Go to www.nationalMSsociety.org/advocacy to learn more about issues important to people with MS, such as health care, accessibility and medical research. Then find out where the candidates stand on those issues— www.yourcandidatesyourhealth.org is one place to start. Renee Vandlik is the Society’s director of State Government and Local Government Relations. 08 PROGRAMS & SERVICES FALL 2012 CHRISTMAS AT THE GALLO CENTER WITH MUSICAL ARTIST BIG BAD VOO DOO DADDY Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:00 PM 1000 I Street Modesto, CA Join the MS community for a holiday celebration at the Gallo Center. Since their arrival on the music scene in 1993, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s irresistible live show and aggressive, musical approach has proven them to be the singular standout among the bands that launched the 1990’s swing revival. The seven-man group forged a massively successful fusion of jazz, swing, Dixieland and bigband music, building their own songbook of original dance tunes, and, sixteen years later, BBVD is a band that adds new fans by the roomful every time they play. FREE FROM FALLS Tuesdays, October 2 - November 20, 2012 5:00 - 7:00 PM Golden Bear Physical Therapy Center Modesto, CA Free from Falls is an 8-week series focusing on falls and multiple sclerosis. Each week’s 2-hour class will have two parts: a discussion component and exercise component. The class will begin with an individual assessment to discover your current abilities and needs. You will work with physical and occupational therapists to increase your balance, stability, endurance, strength and confidence. You must be able to walk 10-15 steps unassisted, or with one cane, walking stick, or crutch. An application and medical waiver are required to participate. Please email Tim Overweg, Community Development Manager at email@example.com or call our Central Valley Office at 209-214-6022 with questions and to receive your application. The band’s milestones have included appearances at the Super Bowl and performing for three American presidents. They have MIND, MYTH & MYELINATION appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brian and Live with Regis & Kelly. To hear You are invited to become part of a scientific research project investigating how a sample visit www.bbvd.com. consciousness may affect Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS). Become part of Pre-registration is required. Scholarships an international study that examines various are available. Register at www. aspects of those with PPMS in an attempt to nationalMSsociety.org/can, or call 800uncover the roots of myelin dissolution. If you 344-4867. Registration deadline is Monday, have PPMS and would like to be interviewed November 19, 2012. for this study, please contact: Hannah Zinn M.D. at 510-200-3746 or zinn.hannah@ For more information and pricing, please yahoo.de. contact Tim Overweg at 209-214-6022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. REGISTER AT NATIONALMSSOCIETY.ORG/CAN | 1-800-344-4867 TOWN HALL MEETING Wednesday, October 24, 2012 6:00 – 7:30 PM Basi Insurance Offices 1491 East “G” Street Oakdale, CA 09 SELF-HELP GROUPS MERCED COUNTY Merced: MS Challengers Susan 209-564-4311 The work of the National MS Society in California’s Central Valley has seen many changes over the last year, and we want to hear your response to those changes. Let’s celebrate the progress and growth, and thoughtfully evaluate the challenges we currently have and how we respond to those challenges. STANISLAUS COUNTY Join us to share your thoughts and positive dialogue on how we can continue to grow and improve our services to those living with MS and their loved ones and families. Light refreshments will be served. Stockton PM Brenda 209-951-0536 or Mary 209-334-5670 Stockton AM Laurie 209-943-2686 or Velma 209-951-2264 Tracy Linda 209-833-6882 Manteca Sue 209-482-7034 Pre-registration is required. To register, please visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/can, or call 800-344-4867. Registration deadline is Monday, October 22, 2012. For more information, please contact Tim Overweg at 209-214-6022 or e-mail timothy. email@example.com. COMING SOON! Join us this winter for a town hall meeting in Merced. More details to come. Modesto Nancy & Joe 209-544-2617 Turlock Bill 209-664-1427 or Frances 209-667-2184 SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY TUOLUMNE COUNTY Sonora Steven or Gloria 209-532-5646 10 PROGRAMS & SERVICES FALL 2012 NEWLY DIAGNOSED ORIENTATIONS Are you newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis? A diagnosis of MS can create many unexpected emotions that leave you with a strong need to understand the changes you may be facing. The Northern California Chapter is pleased to present two opportunities to address the most common concerns for people who are newly diagnosed. These orientations provide an excellent opportunity to have any questions you may wish to ask answered and learn more about the resources available to people living with multiple sclerosis. ONLINE NEWLY DIAGNOSED ORIENTATION Thursday, November 8, 2012 6:00 - 7:30 PM This web-based program will be conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at UCSF and Director of Patient Program Development at UCSF’s MS Center. A phone and computer with internet access will be necessary to join this program. Pre-registration is not required. IN-PERSON NEWLY DIAGNOSED ORIENTATION Tuesday, November 6, 2012 6:30-8:30 PM Central Valley Office 422 McHenry Avenue Modesto, CA On a quarterly basis, this informative program is conducted by trained Society staff and a local neurologist specializing in MS. Pre-registration is required by November 5. WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GREATER BAY AREA Yoga for MS & Wellness multiple dates & times Program for Stress & Pain Management Starts October 9 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - October 11 (8-week series) Newly Diagnosed Orientation - November 7 SACRAMENTO CogniFitness - 2 locations & dates Fall Prevention - October 13 & 27 Music for Movement - October 13 Healthy Cooking with Lia Huber - October 13 Treatment Options & MS - October 16 Cork for a Cure - October 19 Newly Diagnosed Orientation - November 1 SOUTH BAY AREA Horse Power: Living Strong with MS October 4 (6-week series) Newly Diagnosed Orientation - November 5 Trim the Tree - November 13 NORTH BAY AREA CogniFitness - 2 locations & dates I Don’t Have Time for the Challenges of MS- November 6 Newly Diagnosed Orientation - November 7 To view a complete listing of Northern California programs & services, please visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/can.