Multiple sclerosis (MS) can affect different populations in unique ways. Evidence indicates that Black people experience certain MS symptoms — such as walking issues and balance problems — with greater frequency and severity than other populations. They also experience frequent relapses at a higher rate. To highlight the unique challenges experienced by Black people living with MS, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting a Black MS Experience Summit.
During the two-day virtual event, the organization will provide participants with the opportunity “to connect with others who understand the distinct experience of life with MS as a Black person.” As part of the summit, participants are invited to join a variety of breakout sessions, including:
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will also host additional panels as part of the event, as well as small group breakout sessions so people can have more candid conversations with close-knit groups of people.
The summits will run Sept. 22 through Sept. 23. Free registration is available on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website.