Raising Awareness About Multiple Sclerosis Across LAUSD

LOS ANGELES (March 8, 2016) – Today, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution recognizing March as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month.

Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez authored the resolution to recognize L.A. Unified teachers, students, administrators and parents affected by multiple sclerosis, while continuing to have a positive impact in our District. As a community, acknowledging the barriers that exist for those who battle diseases like multiple sclerosis is important to ensuring L.A. Unified remains inclusive as possible.

“In order to give all students an equal opportunity to learn in the classroom, it is critical that we quickly assess students’ needs and ensure that they have the necessary resources to be successful,” said Board Member Rodriguez.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system, which varies widely from person to person. Across Los Angeles County, approximately 11,000 people battle multiple sclerosis. Raising awareness across the District about the symptoms is incredibly important. An estimated 10 percent of individuals experience symptoms before turning 18 years old.

“I commend Board Member Rodriguez for bringing forward this resolution to raise awareness and increase public understanding of multiple sclerosis – particularly as it relates to challenges faced by our students, staff, and community,” said Board Member Mónica Ratliff.

The resolution calls for the District to recognize and raise awareness about multiple sclerosis. The District takes pride in knowing that students diagnosed with the disease are accommodated through the collaborative efforts within L.A. Unified.

Board President Steve Zimmer stated, “My family has been profoundly affected by MS. I stand united with my colleagues in raising awareness and fighting for a cure. Addressing the needs of our teachers and staff diagnosed with MS is vital to ensuring they can continue contributing to our community.”

“While there is no cure for MS, we as a District affirm that our students and staff living with the disease are embraced and supported with wellness practices that improve their quality of life,” stated Board Vice President George McKenna III. “Multiple Sclerosis impacts many lives within our community. LAUSD recognizes the importance of raising awareness about MS and supporting all community members affected by it.”
                                                      
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