International Ataxia Awareness Day (IAAD)

The "International Ataxia Awareness Day" is an international effort from ataxia organizations around the world to dedicate September 25 as International Ataxia Awareness Day. Each participating country, state, or individual may have a specific plan for this event.



Creating Ataxia Awareness

The goal of IAAD is for every individual to participate in some activity, creating awareness about ataxia. You could share something you know about ataxia with one other person who has never heard of it, educate a group of people by speaking at a school or civic group, contact the media, or raise financial support. International Ataxia Awareness Day has grown over the years, and more ideas keep coming in. You can download the IAAD kit which contains ideas for involvement, and view the Ataxia Presentation.

Get Involved

We welcome you to share your experiences and ask you to submit your tried and true activities so that we may include them in future guides, giving inspiration and direction to others as they get involved in IAAD.

Share Your Awareness Message

You, your family, your friends, and/or your co-workers can share your ataxia awareness message(s). Take a photo or video of yourself or your group with your message(s) and send it to Below are some message examples. Hard copies of these examples can be requested by contacting NAF at or (763) 553-0020.

Below you'll find messages in three different sizes. Use the last item, "Your Message Here" to create a customized message"

International Ataxia Awareness Day Kit (IAAD Kit)

Thank you for your interest in International Ataxia Awareness Day and the National Ataxia Foundation. This awareness kit is your guide to promoting International Ataxia Awareness Day in your community.

The kit includes the following:

  • Press Release
  • Proclamation
  • Awareness Poster
  • Additional Items Available
  • IAAD Items
  • "Ataxia is not a Foreign Cab" Items
  • Items Order Form
  • Opportunities & Ideas for Involvement
  • Information on how to Create Ataxia Awareness
  • Much more?

PDF The kit can be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat format by clicking here


Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

2016 International Ataxia Awareness Day (IAAD)

What is Ataxia?




2015 Recognitions of IAAD - 2015 Events Video

2014 Recognitions of IAAD

2013 Recognitions of IAAD

2012 Recognitions of IAAD