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MS patient's view

| Monday, May 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

As an individual with multiple sclerosis (MS), I view World MS Day as a global campaign to bring awareness to multiple sclerosis.

On Wednesday, the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation will honor the 2.3 million people worldwide with MS. The Disability Treaty is an international human rights treaty to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. I urge Trib readers to contact their U.S. senators through the U.S. Capitol switchboard (202-224-3121) and ask that they ratify this treaty!

MS symptoms often appear between ages 25 and 31 and last a lifetime. Symptoms are unpredictable, vary by individual and commonly include fatigue, visual disturbances, altered sensations and mobility issues.

“Access” means different things to different people. For people with a mobility concern, access often means having the same rights as others. Examples include walking on an even street with a curb cut, transportation to a store or doctor's office, or being able to get into their favorite restaurant.

Americans are fortunate to receive protections and guarantees through the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is not the case internationally.

That's why we need the Disability Treaty. We all deserve the same rights to live our best life possible. I dream global access will be reality one day!

John Platt


The writer chairs the National MS Society's Pennsylvania Government Relations Committee.

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