REGULAR SUPPORT MEETINGS

Arroyo Grande

MONTHLY (except July & Dec) - 2nd Tuesdays - 6pm - 8pm

1st United Methodist Church, 275 N Halcyon Road

contacts: Carl Deriso & Sarah Kirwin

Goleta

MONTHLY - 3rd Fridays - 12pm - 1:30pm

Goleta Valley Community Ctr, 5679 Hollister Ave, 93117

contact: Mike Jack

Thousand Oaks

MONTHLY - 2nd Thursdays - 1pm - 3pm

Goebel Adult Community Ctr, 1385 E Janss Rd

contact: Darlene Feigen - thousandoaksmssupportgroup.org

Ventura

MONTHLY - 3rd Fridays - 11:30am - 1pm

Denny's Restaurant, 4095 Telegraph Rd. (via teleconf during pandemic)

contacts: Donna Nowland (Co-Leader)

Ability Tools

Services include:

Buy, Sell, Borrow & Free (AT Exchange), Reuse Programs, Repair Fund, Device Lending Libraries, Get Internet Access (DAP), Abilities tools Calendar, Training, Programs, Independent Living Centers (AT Advocates), Information & Advocacy, Services Directory, Services Map and more.
www.abilitytools.org./services/reuse-programs.php

The Special Life

Disability discounts seems to be one of our society's best kept secrets. Yet there are companies offer discounts for a variety of things. If you have a family with disabilities , this can make a real difference!
www.thespeciallife.com/disability-discounts.html#axzz3RxF0WXG9

California Alternate Rates for Energy

DISCOUNTED
(Southern CA Gas Co.)
The CARE program provides a 20% discount on the monthly gas bill for eligible households.
www.socalgas.com/save-money-and-energy/assistance-programs/medical-baseline-allowance

Medical Baseline Allocation

DISCOUNTED
The Medical Baseline Allocation program provides an additional amount of kWhs per day at the lowest baseline rate in effect to qualified customers." DISCOUNTED www.sce.com/residential/rates/medical-baseline-allocation.htm

Equipment Distribution Program (MSAA)

FREE
Application for safety, mobility, & daily living products.
The program is based on financial need.
http://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/assistive-equipment/

MRI Institute Application (MSAA)

FREE
Receive a partial or fully covered Cranial MRI every 2 years.
The program is based on financial need.
http://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/mri/

Cooling Equipment Distribution (MSAA)

FREE
MSAA offers MSers who qualify a choice of 1) a Cooling Kit which includes a vest worn under clothing with a variety of accessories for the neck, wrists and ankles; or 2) a Standard Cooling Vest which is worn over clothing.
The program is based on financial need.
http://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/cooling-products/

IRS: 7 Tax Benefits for Disabled Taxpayers (AARP)

FREE
Taxpayers with disabilities & parents of children with disabilities may qualify for a number of IRS tax credits & benefits.
www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-02-2011/irs-tax-tips-for-disabled-taxpayers.html

National MS Society Financial Assistance

FREE
Financial assistance to individuals with MS and their families to help access needed services that are not available using other resources.
This program is based on financial need.
www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/CAL/Services-and-Support/Financial-Assistance

MS Navigator

MS Navigators — highly skilled, compassionate professionals — connect you to the information, resources and support needed to move your life forward. These supportive partners help navigate the challenges of MS unique to your situation.
https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Resources-Support/Find-Support/Ask-an-MS-Navigator

First Hand Foundation (for children)

FREE
First Hand is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides funding for individual children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted.
The program is based on financial need.
www.firsthandfoundation.org/

www.firsthandfoundation.org/programs/case-grants/

Wheel to Walk Foundation (for children)

FREE
A non-profit organization that helps children and young adults (21 years and younger) with disabilities obtain medical equipment or services that is not provided by their insurance companies.
www.wheeltowalk.com/

Sight for Students

FREE
Provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children
http://www.sightforstudents.org/html/help.html

California State Parks

FREE/DISCOUNTED
Passes, Discounts, and Coupons.
www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/healthy-living/travel-and-recreation/accessible-nature-trails/index.aspx

Loma Linda University

FREE/DISCOUNTED
Free and Affordable Health Care Services in San Bernardino County.
www.llu.edu/public-health/clinics/index.page

Needy Meds

FREE
Find coupons for your medicines. There may also be a patient assistance program for the drug so always check the brand and generic name lists
www.needymeds.org/coupons.taf?_function=list&letter=A

Disabled Discounts

FREE/DISCOUNTED
It is a simple and convenient single source of information on discounts and services available to people living with disabilities.
**There is a $25 annual subscription fee**
https://disableddiscounts.com/index.asp

CA GOV Food Programs

FREE
Food banks, rescue programs, emergency food supplies, program for pregnant women, new mothers & young children, calfresh program.
www.nutrition.gov/food-assistance-programs/food-distribution-programs

Modest Needs

FREE
Apply for a grant for your personal individual needs.
|www.modestneeds.org/index.asp

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

FREE
Enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/wap.html

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

FREE/DISCOUNTED
Designed to answer frequently asked questions on the housing rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals under federal law.
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/information_for_disabled_persons

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/pha/contacts

Connect-to-Compete

DISCOUNTED
This program is a cooperative effort between FCC and tech companies.
This program is based on financial need.
www.cheapinternet.com/low-income-internet/connect-to-compete

Share Our Selves

DISCOUNTED
Provides Social Services, Medical Clinic, Dental Clinic, Comprehensive CARE Center, SOS-El Sol Wellness Center.
This program is based on financial need.
http://shareourselves.org/services/

National Eye Institute

FREE
If you are in need of financial aid to assess or treat an eye problem, you might contact one or more of the following programs.
https://nei.nih.gov/health/financialaid

DreaMS

The word "DREAMS" may end in MS, but MS didn't end my dreams. Don't let it end yours. My journey with Multiple Sclerosis, by Kristie Salerno Kent.
Download your book at: www.dreamstheebook.com/