For nearly a decade, MSF has helped to connect the MS community to assistive technologies (AT) through our Assistive Technology Program. We are pleased to announce that MSF has taken that commitment one step further by becoming an Affiliate Partner of the MS Technology Collaborative, a joint-effort between Microsoft, the National MS Society and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. Created in 2007, the Collaborative is dedicated to helping people living with MS overcome cognitive, vision, and dexterity challenges through the use of AT.
The Collaborative?s home is www.MyMSMyWay.com, a comprehensive online resource built for the MS community by the MS community. With the guidance of a steering committee of nine people living with MS, MyMSMyWay.com has become a one-stop-shop for AT information and resources. Here, visitors can use the ?Snapshot? tool, a short quiz that provides customized technology solutions based on each individual?s specific needs.
MyMSMyWay.com also offers user-submitted technology tips, a monthly column on how to incorporate AT into your daily life, and an abundance of information about specific types of AT that are available, including options that are affordable and at times even free.
As an Affiliate Partner, MSF will work closely with the Collaborative, contributing content to MyMSMyWay.com and Helping to promote the Collaborative?s efforts to the MS community.
One such project that we?re particularly excited about is the development of an online game designed specifically to address the cognitive challenges of people living with MS. Expected to launch in June 2009, this game is being developed in consultation with leading healthcare professionals as well as several members of the MS community.
In the coming months, the Collaborative will look to the MyMSMyWay community to test the initial version of the game. Click here to register with MyMSMyWay.com and be one of the first to play this landmark game and provide your feedback.
We look forward to our ongoing partnership with the Collaborative, which we?re certain will help us continue to bring critical information and resources to the MS community.