The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). MSAA provides ongoing support and direct services to individuals with MS and the people close to them. MSAA also serves to promote greater understanding of the needs and challenges of those who face physical obstacles.
MSAA offers a variety of programs and services in all 50 states: Helpline consultations, equipment distribution, MRI diagnostic funding, resource assistance, and public awareness campaigns. MSAA also provides valuable information on the disease and symptom management through its award-winning literature and educational videos.
Founded in 1970, MSAA's philosophy and effort have focused on enriching the quality of day-to-day living for everyone affected by MS. The organization helps each individual on a personal level and relies on volunteers and support from the general public – MSAA does not receive any government funding.
Working to break down barriers (physical, emotional, and social) and build up hope for those who are physically challenged, MSAA is governed by a national Board of Directors who are leaders in business and community affairs across the United States . Through their combined experience with MS, medicine, business, and government, these individuals are able to provide increased understanding and support for MSAA's staff and programs. A professional Healthcare Advisory Council representing significant leadership, knowledge, and expertise in the fields of neurology, nursing, and physical therapy also provides strategic support and guidance on health-related issues.
Regionally MSAA has professional directors in field offices supporting national programs and leading educational events. They raise awareness through these conferences and workshops. Through such events as well as an online networking program, MSAA brings people together. Combined with other vital services and ongoing updates to provide breaking news on research and treatments, MSAA strives to be a first resource for everyone in the MS community.
MSAA is a leader in the MS Coalition effort and is a member of the Health First division of America 's Charities. MSAA qualifies to use the Better Business Bureau standards and the HONcode certification for trustworthy health information online.
MSAA Regional Offices
In addition to the many professionals serving on a national level, MSAA also has regional directors across the country. The regional offices support MSAA national programs by:
- Holding awareness events
- Bringing people together through networking and social events
- Employing volunteers to assist with regional activities
- Fundraising activities, such as: the TransWyoming Snowmobile Ride; Texas Cattle Drive; and Swim for MS
While MSAA's national office serves clients throughout the United States, regional and field offices can provide additional assistance locally and in several surrounding states. Individuals interested in any MSAA activities may contact their nearest office for more information.