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Program Notes

MSAA Transforms Website with New Features, Functionality, and Enhanced Content

Visitors to mymsaa.org may have noticed some changes in recent months, starting with the MSi Program, featuring a series of educational videos entitled, A Closer Look. The latest change to the MSAA website comes cosmetically, as a "face lift" has taken place. A new design scheme and layout add more functionality and features to help MSAA better serve the MS community. When visiting mymsaa.org, you will find a website packed with MS information not just for the individual with MS, but for all who are affected by the disease, and for anyone interested in learning more.

"Our goal to help more people in more places is brought substantially closer to reality by this new website technology," states MSAA President & Chief Executive Officer Doug Franklin. "We are very proud of our continued commitment to enrich the quality of people's lives in every way possible."

The enhancements made to mymsaa.org help fulfill this goal by giving people the resources and tools they need to enrich their quality of life right at their finger tips. To follow are some highlights to the new website.

Become a Part of mymsaa.org

One of the first changes visitors will see is the new Login and Register Now links on the red bar at the top of each page. By registering your name and email address online, MSAA is able to communicate with you more effectively through web content, online surveys, and future e-newsletters – all tailored to your specific interests.

Once registered, you can receive personalized information about MSAA's educational programs and events in your area as well as MSAA updates and medical news. Another added feature of joining mymsaa.org is that online applications, surveys, event RSVPs, and donation forms will be "pre-populated" (filled in) with your contact information after registering for the first time and logging in whenever you visit the website. Your name, address, and other personal data are completely secure on mymsaa.org, and no other website user may access this information in any way.

Programs and Services Online

All of MSAA's signature programs and services are highlighted on mymsaa.org in the Programs and Services section of the website. Our new online capabilities allow visitors to review a particular MSAA program or service – such as the Cooling Equipment Distribution Program, Lending Library, and MRI Institute – download the application, print it, and then return it to MSAA via regular mail with the proper documentation (in some instances a doctor's note is required).

Information for the Newly Diagnosed

A newly designed About Multiple Sclerosis section features such topics as, "What is MS," "Types of MS," and "Treatments of MS." Visitors may also click on a Newly Diagnosed section, designed to provide answers and support to those who are new to the world of MS.

New Ways to Volunteer

Added web enhancements make volunteering easier, whether in your community, at your school or business, or from the comfort of your own home. All volunteer opportunities are broken down into age and interest groups on our new Volunteer section.

If you have a specific idea for a volunteer fundraising event, you can now click on Fundraising Events to fill out a form notifying MSAA about your idea and interest. Here you will also find links to MSAA's Resource Detectives Program, where volunteers work from their home to identify local MS services for a national database; and Public Education Ambassadors, MSAA's public speaker program.

Other Ways to Give

A new section for donating to MSAA offers more ways to give than ever before. One of the most exciting new ways to give is through MSAA's Circle of Hope, an online tribute web page created by you to honor a member of the MS community, or it may also be used as your own personal page. You may upload photos, share your story, and email friends and family, asking them to contribute. All funds generated will benefit MSAA's programs and services.

For major donors, a new section is devoted to MSAA's President's Circle, where MSAA's most loyal and generous donors are recognized. Information and instructions on Planned Giving, Workplace Giving, and Corporation and Foundation Support are also in this section. You can still make a general donation, honor donation, or memorial donation, however, our new online forms make the process easier and more efficient...and as always, secure.

Support Groups, Activities, and Educational Events

MSAA's Calendar of Activities and Events lets you search any day of the year and can be seen in either "List View" (daily or monthly), or "Grid View" (similar to a typical calendar). When looking for a specific type of activity or event, you can filter the calendar by the following categories: Community (therapeutic classes, upcoming live chat sessions), Public Education Events (including patient, nurse, and physician events), Self-Help Support Groups, and Volunteering (special events organized by volunteers and other activities, including orientation teleconferences). Website visitors may access MSAA's Calendar by clicking on Programs and Services, then Awareness Events and Therapeutic Classes, found under Branching Out in the navigation bar on the left.

Publications

The Publication section features The Motivator, MSAA's award-winning quarterly magazine, as well as booklets such as Understanding and Treating Depression in Multiple Sclerosis, All About Multiple Sclerosis, and MSAA's Programs and Services Guide; MSAA's two monographs, Thinking about Complementary and Alternative Medicine and The Confusing World of Clinical Trials; plus Mommy's Story, MSAA's award-winning children's book. All of these publications may be viewed online through your web browser or as a PDF file. MSAA publications may also be ordered online; MSAA will mail a copy of the publication anywhere in the United States.

MSAA welcomes you to log onto the new mymsaa.org to personally experience all of the new features and information that is now at your finger tips.

– Amanda Bednar and John Masino

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 11:20