Welcome to the National Ataxia Foundation



The National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) Board of Directors and the National Ataxia Foundation Southcentral Region United States Ataxia Leadership would like to welcome you to the 60th Annual Ataxia Conference (AAC). Please join us at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio to learn, share, network, have fun, and enjoy the sites. Hotel Reservations for all room types and Conference Registration begin on November 2. Please see the 2017 AAC Information Page for further details. See you in San Antonio!



Research Match Challenge Has Been Reached!

The National Ataxia Foundation gratefully acknowledges and sincerely thanks all who so generously donated to this year's NAF Annual Ataxia Research Drive. Through your kindness the National Ataxia Foundation has now reached the $200,000.00 matching research grant challenge. We are truly grateful to our anonymous donor for the generous research match of $200,000. Thank you to the individuals, families, chapters, and support groups who gave and encouraged others to also give. Thank you!


The NAF Board of Directors has approved the funding of research proposals from leading ataxia researchers throughout the world. These ataxia research studies show the most promise and offer the best science and will be awarded funding for fiscal year 2017. An E-Blast will be sent out in early January to let you know how your research dollars were spent


We are all in this together and together, we are moving important ataxia research forward.

Thank you!


Ataxia Research Prepares for Clinical Trials

The NAF Board of Directors approved funding of a Clinical Research Consortium for Ataxia. This program will provide financial support for one year to academic medical centers across the United States. These sites will develop the tools necessary to perform clinical Ataxia research. Initial funding was provided by a generous donation from the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Foundation. This is a significant time in Ataxia research and the National Ataxia Foundation will continue to support these important endeavors that will find treatments and a cure. For more information visit http://www.ataxia.org/research/clinical-research-consortium.aspx.


Charity Navigator Awards NAF Four-Star Rating

Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, has announced that the National Ataxia Foundation received a four out of four star rating. This is the fourth consecutive year NAF has received this exceptional four-star rating.

“NAF’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. NAF’s supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”


Member Stories

NAF would like to invite members to share their story to let others know that they are not alone and increase Ataxia awareness. NAF would like to extend a huge thank you to our members that have so generously shared their story. Share your member story by email to naf@ataxia.org. Member Stories can be read on the Member Stories Page.