By Benjamin Davis


    2017-05-03 Frames -4As the dust settles on our annual Day on the Hill and carnation pinning ceremony on Parliament Hill, I’ve been reflecting on the importance of the nearly 80 meetings we had with parliamentarians and staff in our nation’s capital.


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  • Face-to-face with Canada’s planned accessibility legislation

    5 October 2016

    Last May we asked Canadians affected by MS what independence means to them.  The resounding answer was that having the ability to work, to get around and to make informed choices about course of treatment are all essential to maintaining independence. The common thread here is accessibility.


    There are a lot of ways to advocate for better accessibility in Canada. Our federal government is currently developing new planned accessibility legislation to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians with disabilities in our communities – and you can be part of this discussion.


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  • Our federal government wants to hear from you

    22 August 2016


    by Benjamin Davis

    **UPDATE: There are also a series of in-person consultations happening across the country over the next few months. Follow this link to a blogpost listing where and when they are happening and how you can get involved. **

    What does true accessibility look like? The ability to access one’s surroundings is crucial to living a life without barriers, but true accessibility is more than just a physical issue. There are so many issues that fall under the umbrella term “accessibility”: timely and flexible access to employment and income supports; quality medical care and treatments; reliable public transportation; education and counselling; support for family members and caregivers; workplace accommodations; and advancements in MS research leading to better symptom management and quality of life for people living with multiple sclerosis.

    An important thing is currently happening in government: federal representatives are working to establish legislation for accessibility, and you can get involved through a series of consultations. These consultations are a huge starting point for change, a very exciting sign of progress, and a meaningful step towards better inclusion of people with disabilities in our communities. People with episodic illnesses like MS should be a part of this much needed overhaul, and we encourage you to participate in the consultation process.


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  • World MS Day 2016: Choosing independence

    by Ben Davis, Vice-president, Government relations

    The concept of independence is as personal as multiple sclerosis itself. For some people, independence can mean living within what I’ve heard someone call their “version of normal”. For others, independence can mean a great workout or carving out time for meditation. It can mean summoning the courage to ask for help. Independence can mean a great many things, and this May leading up to World MS Day on May 25, we’re celebrating all of the ways that people affected by MS maintain independence for themselves. (more…)

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