More MS news articles for February 1999

Multiple Sclerosis Association Offers Legal Rights Booklet

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CHERRY HILL, N.J., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Legal information regarding the rights of a person with multiple sclerosis is now available in a free booklet offered by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA). Titled "MS and the Law," the 32-page publication covers employment rights, Social Security issues, and job discrimination, as affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, the booklet provides an extensive question and answer section, referral information, and tips on securing legal counsel. To receive a copy, call 1-800-LEARN-MS. The publication is available on the Internet at the MSAA web site, http://www.msaa.com.

Known as the most common neurological disorder of young adults, multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often disabling condition that afflicts as many as 500,000 Americans. According to MSAA, "MS and the Law" helps clarify common legal issues that may arise after a diagnosis of MS.

"Our members have real concerns over their rights to keep working, receiving health insurance, and enjoying equal access to public
accommodations," said MSAA Patient Services Director Susan Freund. "The booklet serves as a guide for people to learn basic laws and regulations that protect both the disabled community and the business community. We strongly advise our members to seek qualified legal counsel for their specific situation."

In addition to "MS and the Law," MSAA provides its members with free publications on medical issues, coping skills, and about agency programs and services. Formed in 1970, MSAA has grown to a national nonprofit organization providing direct patient care programs and services to assist individuals with MS. Services include peer counseling, support groups, free loan of therapeutic equipment, barrier-free housing, symptom management research and therapies, no-cost MRIs, and other vital patient programs.

SOURCE Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

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