1) Who should attend the CAN DO Program?
Can Do MS seeks participation in the CAN DO Program from those who are motivated to learn strategies that will allow them to create positive change in their lives. Participants should be in stable health, physically and emotionally, so the information presented can be incorporated into their lives. The CAN DO Program is not an appropriate choice during, or immediately following, an exacerbation or other medical or psychological trauma. Can Do MS reserves the right to deny participation in the CAN DO Program, or any part thereof, to anyone, participant, support partner or observer, who we believe is exhibiting or may exhibit behavior that is unsafe or disrupts or distracts from the educational mission of the program.
Can Do MS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability in the administration of their acceptance or employment policies. However, if Can Do MS or any of its agents reasonably determines that a disability or other medical or psychological condition could lead to an inappropriate level of danger to the individual or others based upon particular activity, then that person may be ineligible for that particular workshop, assessment, or other portion of the CAN DO Program but would not be excluded from other opportunities offered by Can Do MS.
2) What will I learn? View an informative 30 minute Q & A CAN DO Program webinar with Pat Kennedy (Can Do MS Nurse Educator & Programs Consultant) and past CAN DO Program participants (Kevin Walter and Dave Williams) highlighting the four day program and what you can expect.
3) Who should come as a support partner?
The support partner aspect of the CAN DO Program is specifically for individuals who are affected by your diagnosis and are 18 years or older. The support partner role is not an appropriate choice for an individual who has been diagnosed with MS. If you have a person in mind to bring who has MS, we strongly recommend that both individuals attend the CAN DO Program as participants. Can Do MS reserves the right to refuse participation in the CAN DO Program, or any part thereof, to a support partner who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or is under the age of 18.
4) What services are provided at the CAN DO Program?
The CAN DO Program is an educational program and is not a form of medical diagnosis, therapy, or treatment. Staff employed or contracted by Can Do MS may assess abilities and disabilities for purposes of participation in the program; however, neither Can Do MS nor its staff will provide any diagnosis, therapy or treatment.
5) Does Can Do MS provide physical assistance?
No. If you need physical assistance for any daily activities, such as transfers or dressing, you will be required to bring either a support partner who is accustomed to helping you on a regular basis or a qualified caregiver who has been trained to provide such assistance.
6) What should I expect?
Participant Schedule and a Support Partner Schedule
You are an active participant in this program. Throughout the four days you will be asked to look at what you are learning and see how you can use the information in your life. The more you consider how you would like to integrate activities, strategies or ideas into your life, the more we can accomplish together. This schedule is based on previous CAN DO Programs, individual programs may vary.
6) Does the CAN DO Program have research to show its effectiveness?
Can Do MS analyzed data collected from CAN DO Program participants with multiple sclerosis as part of its outcomes-measurement study launched in 2007. The initial analysis will determine whether the data collected from participants with MS is a large enough sample to scientifically validate the effectiveness of the CAN DO Programs.
Results from this analysis were presented as a poster called Perceived Health and Self-Efficacy Improve after a Wellness Program in Persons with MS at the 2009 Consortium of MS Centers annual meeting. Read More
7) Who should I contact with questions?
For CAN DO Program inquiries:
Suzanne Vondrell, Programs Specialist
800-367-3101 ext. 1276 / 970-926-1276 / firstname.lastname@example.org
To bring a CAN DO Program to your community:
Lauri O’Brien, Director of Programs
800-367-3101 ext. 1291 / 970-926-1291 / email@example.com