The MS Center’s Disability Assistance Program
A grant program for people facing life altering disabilities as a result of the progression of their MS.
Sit to Stand Lifts
- A life-changing lift to help a disabled client delay or avoid moving to a long-term care facility.
- Provides the ability to move a disabled person with much less effort.
- Reduces some of the daily struggles in the life of a disabled person with MS and their caregiver.
- Provides case management to the client and their caregiver who may also need support or additional community resources.
Work to Disability
People with MS often have symptoms that progress, making it increasingly difficult to perform activities of daily living and/or work duties. Some find themselves disabled to the degree that they are unable to work at all, and their only option is to apply for social security disability (SSDI). The SSDI application and approval process is complicated and lengthy, and can take up to 18 months. This puts a person with MS who is unable to work at risk of hunger, homelessness, and lack of healthcare during the waiting period. An applicant who is approved for a grant can receive:
- Short-term financial assistance.
- Education about the SSDI process.
- Case management and connection to other vital community resources.
Philanthropist and Champion for MS Center Clients
Sue Bookbinder is a former Human Resources Executive from NY City, and a philanthropist. She and her husband Art, an executive in the field of Hi-Tech Products for the visually impaired, came to Naples in 2000. Here, they founded the Lighthouse of Collier (LOC). Art, legally blind since age 38, served as President and then Chief Executive of LOC until he passed away in 2020. Sue carries on his legacy, remaining very active in the Lighthouse of Collier, and giving back to the community through volunteerism and board service.
Sue who has multiple sclerosis, became involved in the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southwest Florida in 2012. Since learning of the plight of some individuals with MS who have more challenging disabilities, Sue decided she wanted to be a part of the solution. Sue has designated a gift of $30,000 to help purchase the life changing Sit to Stand Lifts to help these individuals.
Please join Sue and help us extend this gift to more people with MS. Please give today to support this important program.