Finding Financial Resources and Navigating the System
The Connecticut Chapter will host a two-part self-advocacy program in Norwalk.
Self-advocacy refers to your ability to effectively communicate an interest, desire, need or right and to negotiate to resolve it. It also means making informed decision and taking responsibility for them. Effective self-advocates understand individual strengths, identify personal goals, and recognize legal rights and responsibilities.
PART ONE of the series will provide participants with a basic understanding of important practical techniques, tools and templates that will help them become effective self-advocates. Workshop facilitators will provide a general overview of employment and vocational programs, Social Security benefits, Medicare/Medicaid and local financial assistance programs that help with energy assistance, home modifications and medical equipment.
PART TWO will offer participants an opportunity to share their self-advocacy experiences and discuss how to utilize materials and pointers from the first workshop. Participants can also work one-on-one with program facilitators to address individual situations and concerns.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Sherry Carter, Chapter Programs Assistant, coordinates the Connecticut Chapter's Financial Assistance Program. She has more than four years of experience partnering with organizations around the state and leveraging funds and donations to assist individuals living with MS with their financial concerns.
Susan Raimondo, Senior Director of Advocacy and Programs, has been a leader in the Connecticut MS disabilities and long-term care communities for more than 25 years. Susan is a trained Medicare counselor.
The registration deadline for this two-part program is Friday, July 27. For more information please call 800.344.4867 or email programs@ctfightsMS.org.
Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
National MS Society, Hartford Office
659 Tower Avenue, First Floor
Hartford, CT 06112
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