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MS advocate to give presentation

March 18, 2019 GMT

MICHIGAN CITY — She will discuss her “invisible” disability and the challenges she’s faced because of it when she speaks as a guest of the Michigan City Human Rights Commission this week.

Stacy Valdivia, a disability advocate who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in February of 2014, will hold a presentation at the Michigan City Area Schools Administration Building, 408 South Carroll Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, as part of the city’s Disability Awareness Month slate of events.

Valdivia will discuss her “invisible” disability, how she felt when she received her diagnosis, what therapies and medications she suggests and how she advocates at work to help educate the disability community about how clothing, fabrics and tags can impact kids with sensory processing issues. Stacy lives in Valparaiso and is a 2017 Graduate of the Indiana Governors Council for People with Disabilities Partners in Policymaking Academy.

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“While other disabilities might be more identifiable to the outside world, MS is one of those “invisible” disabilities much like autism and even mental health issues that aren’t obvious necessarily to the naked eye. So, I often have to explain my gate and that I’m not injured, it’s just part of my MS,” Valdivia said.

To educate communities and support others with MS, Valdivia heads up an MS Support Group that meets at Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. The meetings are held in the Community Room. For more information about the Group contact Valdivia at (219) 916-6245.

“We are pleased to have Stacy share her journey as we continue to celebrate DisAbility Awareness Month here in Michigan City,” said Joanne Tedesco, Michigan City Human Rights Commissioner and Michigan City School Board Member. “Our mission is to educate our community about all people and we hope you will join us on Tuesday.”

The Michigan City Human Rights Commission provides all citizens with equal opportunities in the areas of employment, housing, and education. The Commission is committed to the citizens of Michigan City and to provide and promote equal opportunities by enforcing Human and Civil Rights issues and advocating for anti-discriminatory systems and tolerance of all people. For more information, visit www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/humanrights.