Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Webinar & Telelearning Series

Can Do MS and the National MS Society in the United States are excited to bring you a Webinar & Telelearning Series

Join live from the convenience of your home or office at no charge for an in-depth discussion on topics relating to exercise, nutrition, communication, symptom management and total health. Interact with the team of Can Do MS consultants, ask questions and learn how to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors, actively co-manage your MS and live your best life. Please note that certain webinars may reference American specific content.

Click on the links below to register at no charge. When you click on the registration links, you’ll be directed to another website which Can Do MS works with to provide the webinar series.

Did you miss a previous webinar? You can still watch it in the Can Do MS webinar archive! Click here to view the webinar archive.

Sleep in MS: Strategies for Improving your Zzz’s - December 2016

Date: December 13, 2016

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About the webinar:

Presented by Stephanie Buxhoeveden, MSCN, MSN, FNP-BC & Abbey J. Hughes, PhD

Sleep disturbance is a common and often troubling symptom among individuals with multiple sclerosis. Whether it’s getting too little sleep, sleeping too much, or having poor sleep quality, problems with sleep significantly impact quality of life for people with MS and their loved ones. Please join clinical psychologist Abbey J. Hughes, PhD and nurse practitioner Stephanie Buxhoeveden, MSCN, MSN, FNP-BC as they discuss a variety of approaches for assessing and managing sleep disturbance in MS.

GPS For Your MS - January 2017

Date: January 10, 2017

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About the webinar:

Presented by Stephanie Buxhoeveden, MSCN, MSN, FNP-BC & Peggy Crawford, PhD

Join this webinar to learn about the different dimensions of wellness and how the “big picture” relates to developing strategies to navigate through the challenges of MS, including information on understanding co-morbidities, managing your sleep and stressors, and caring for your emotional and mental health. Stephanie Buxhoeveden, nurse practitioner, and Peggy Crawford, psychologist, will lead an exciting multi-disciplinary discussion on tools and techniques to help you grow, while answering your questions in our live Q&A forum.

Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations (Employment Series Part I) - February 2017

Date: February 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 – 9:15pm EST

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About the webinar:

Presented by Nina Martinez & Magda Moncrief, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

Many people with MS at some point in their career may need to request a reasonable accommodation to help them perform the duties of their job. Please join this webinar to learn about your rights under the ADA as it applies to requesting an accommodation, the process for making a request and share the employer’s perspective on how to negotiate for the best outcome.

Discrimination on the Job (Employment Series Part II) - February 2017

Date: February 28, 2017
Time: 8 – 9:15pm EST

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About the webinar:

Presented by Linda Batiste, JD & Charles Goldman, Esq.

Please join Linda Batiste, Principal Consultant at the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) and Charles Goldman, Attorney at Law, who will educate you on what constitutes discrimination in the workplace. The experts will discuss tips on how to spot discrimination on the job and what steps you can take to help protect yourself.

Weight Management and Nutrition - March 2017

Date: March 14 2017
Time: 8:00 – 9:15pm EST

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About the webinar:

Presented by Mona Bostick, RDN, LDN & Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT

Obesity is a common risk factor with significant ramifications. However, it is also a “modifiable risk factor,” meaning YOU can change, control, and manage your weight. What you eat and how you move has an impact on your health and your MS! If you are searching for a way to live better with MS, join this webinar to learn how to modify your diet and exercise habits.

Knowing How to Navigate Leaving the Workplace (Employment Series Part III) - March 2017

Date: March 21, 2017
Time: 8:00 – 9:15pm EST

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About the webinar:

Presented by Ronnie Hochberg, MS, CRC, LMHC & Silvia Stazio, CFP

Over the course of your career, there might be times when you consider separating from the workforce if your MS symptoms become more difficult to manage. Learn about employer and federal benefits available to you, the process of accessing them, and resources that exist to help with this transition.

Enhance Your Job Search with Online Resources (Employment Series Part IV) - April 2017

Date: April 4, 2017
Time: 8:00 – 9:15pm EST

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About the webinar:

Presented by Christine C. Durst & Shannon Offord

Learn about online job search resources, including job boards for people with disabilities, and websites that post legitimate work at home opportunities.

Yoga and Non-cardio Exercise - April 2017

Date: April 11, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm-9:15 pm (EST)

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Vision/Optic Neuritis: Keeping an Eye on MS - May 2017

Date: May 9, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm-9:15 pm (EST)

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M. Tariq Bhatti, MD
Diane B. Whitaker, OD

Along with the brain, brainstem, and spinal cord, the eye - in particular the optic nerve - is part of the central nervous system (CNS). The reason visual problems are very common in multiple sclerosis (MS) is because MS is a disease of the CNS.

The three main visual problems that can occur in MS are:
• Optic neuritis
• Double vision
• Nystagmus (or jumping eyes)

Medical treatment for the sudden onset of optic neuritis, double vision, or nystagmus is often steroids, which help accelerate the recovery of the visual problem. But in some individuals the visual problems may not fully recover and may become permanent. Vision rehabilitation strategies to address double vision include prisms and/or temporary occlusion until double vision resolves. Central vision loss resulting from optic neuritis responds optimally to magnification and contrast enhancement of viewed objects. The strategies and technologies that allow individuals to maintain optimal function after permanent vision loss from MS will be explored.

Please join M. Tariq Bhatti, MD; Professor of Ophthlamology, Neurology and Neurosurgery and Division Chief of Neuro-Ophthlamology from the Duke Eye Center and Duke University Medical Center, and Diane B. Whitaker, OD; Division Chief of Vision Rehabilitation at the Duke Eye Center, as they discuss vision problems in MS and resources available for people with low vision.

Accessibility Room by Room: Discover the “Keys” to Unlocking Barriers in Your Home - June 2017

Date: June 13, 2017
Time: 8 - 9:15pm EDT

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Presenters: Stephanie Nolan, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist

Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT - Physical Therapist

Resilience/Coping Skills - July 2017

Date: July 11, 2017
Time: 8 -9:15 EDT

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Presenters: Barbara B. Appelbaum, PCC, MBA, MAT and Dawn Ehde, PhD

Resilience is the ability to overcome, especially when faced with adversity such as MS, and it is influenced by many factors. A few of which include: current health status and how it affects your physical and emotional energy, attitude of gratitude, nutrition and spiritual practices like meditation. It is important to someone living with MS because every day one has no idea how, or if our bodies will betray us. The unknown is a way of life. When you have resilience and inner strength, you know you’ve “got this”, no matter the situation. Resilience is the measurement of whether you bend or break. This can be learned, so if you are not very resilient, you can change and this trait can be cultivated.

Complex Care Needs - August 2017

Date: August 8, 2017
Time: 8-9:15 EDT

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Whether it’s a particularly severe early relapse or challenging symptoms related to the progression of the disease, individuals with MS and their families may be confronted with complex problems that feel overwhelming. Join our interdisciplinary team, including a nurse practitioner, physical therapist and psychologist, for tips on how to access and coordinate the care and support you need when the going gets tough. In this webinar, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at strategies to manage your care needs while attending to the overall health and well-being of the person with MS and their support partner.

Common US Health Insurance Issues (American information only) - Sept 2017

Date: Sept 12, 2017
Time: 8-9:15 pm EDT

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Invisible Symptoms: Pain and Depression - Oct 2017

Date: Oct 10, 2017
Time: TBD

Registration details will be published when available.

The Sandwich Generation: Caring for Other While Caring for Yourself - Nov 2017

Date: Nov 14, 2017
Time: TBD

Registration details will be published when they are available.

Cognition Research and Strategies - Dec 2017

Date: Dec 12, 2017
Time: 8-9:15 pm EST

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More than half of people with MS experience cognitive changes, particularly effects on information processing, memory, attention, executive functions, visual perception, and verbal skills. Join Dr. Abbey Hughes and Pamela Miller for a comprehensive look at cognitive research and strategies. Abbey, a clinical psychologist with expertise in MS rehabilitation research, has been at the forefront of some of the leading studies on health behaviors and their impact on cognitive dysfunction in people with MS. As a nationally-recognized speech-language pathologist and MS Certified Specialist for over 25 years, Pamela teaches strategies and techniques to cope with a wide variety of cognitive problems.

Anne Gilbert, Director of Programs at Can Do MS (USA)
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