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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.

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COGNIFITNESS: KEEP THE MIND MOVING CogniFitness is a fun and educational 7-week series that will help you keep the mind moving and develop new techniques to strengthen your cognitive skills. Realize your optimal thinking skills utilizing techniques that have everyday applications. Learn to: • Facilitate focus and concentration. • Improve memory using new strategies. • Improve organization, problem solving & critical thinking skills. • Manage cognitive fatigue. CogniFitness is availabe to you at these locations and times: Petaluma Thursdays, October 4 - November 15 10:00 -11:30 AM Petaluma Community Center Conference Room 3 320 N. McDowell Boulevard Petaluma, CA Eureka One Day Workshop! Saturday, October 27 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Lunch Included Red Lion Inn 1929 4th Street Eureka, CA

SRSLY? I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THE CHALLENGES OF MS PRESENTED BY PFIZER Tuesday, November 6, 2012 9:30 AM Breakfast & Program Red Lion Hotel 1929 4th Street Eureka, CA Ever use text abbreviations like “SRSLY” to try to save a couple of seconds in your day? We live in a fast-paced world. How can you find time to learn about multiple sclerosis (MS)? Attend “SRSLY?”, a unique educational series on managing relapsing MS with a busy schedule. The upcoming presentation,“I Don’t Have Time for the Challenges of MS”, will cover common symptoms of MS, how they can impact your busy schedule, and some timesaving strategies to help manage them. RSVP Information: Call 877-969-1722 or visit www.events.mslifelines.com/3655 *This program is not a program of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Please note that the Northern California Chapter is announcing this program opportunity as a courtesy to our members and to our industry partners. The Chapter is not responsible for content and the opinions expressed are that of the sponsoring company and its speakers and may not reflect the opinions of the National MS Society.

REGISTER AT NATIONALMSSOCIETY.ORG/CAN | 1-800-344-4867

GIVE WHAT YOU KNOW AT MSCONNECTION.ORG

What if everyone living with MS could connect with one another? Or with those who research ways to stop, restore or end the disease? Or those who provide medical care or treat the symptoms of MS? What if everyone who cares about MS could join together in one place? Maybe, by connecting all of our knowledge, and hope, and experience, we can gain a new understanding of how to move forward. Through MSConnection.org, launched in March 2012, all those who are part of the MS Movement are able to make meaningful connections - with easy access to the best content and resources the MS community can offer. You’ll find information about the topics that are most important to you, be able to share your experiences, connect with people you want to connect with, and have expert MS information and opinions right at your fingertips.

MIND, MYTH & MYELINATION

You are invited to become part of a scientific research project investigating how consciousness may affect Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS). Become part of an international study that examines various aspects of those with PPMS in an attempt to uncover the roots of myelin dissolution. If you have PPMS and would like to be interviewed for this study, please contact: Hannah Zinn M.D. at 510-200-3746 or zinn.hannah@ yahoo.de.

SELF-HELP GROUPS HUMBOLDT COUNTY Eureka Ann Louise 707-839-0177 or Kim 707-445-9803

MENDOCINO Fort Bragg Alice 707-964-7850

MARIN COUNTY Corte Madera Vicki 415-892-7370 or Anita 415-892-5548

SONOMA COUNTY Santa Rosa Susan 707-544-9654 or Debbie 707-548-8437 Healdsburg Kate 707-433-9194 or Becky 707-303-5207

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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 Wednesday, November 7, 2012 5:30 - 7:00 PM Finley Community Center Cypress Room 2060 W. College Ave Santa Rosa, CA

Join National MS Society Community Development Manager Ann Johnson to discover resources and get answers to your MS questions.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CENTRAL VALLEY

Free From Falls - October 2 (8-week series) Town Hall Meeting - October 24 Newly Diagnosed Orientation - November 6 Christmas at the Gallo Center - November 27

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 To view a complete listing of Northern California programs & services, please visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/can.


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