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National Ataxia Foundation


Our Vision:

A World Without Ataxia.

Ensuring no one experiences Ataxia alone, until no one experiences Ataxia, period.

Our Mission

To accelerate the development of treatments and a cure while working to improve the lives of those living with Ataxia.

Join ACCELERATE! To Get Involved

Accelerate! is a $1 million annual fund to accelerate our ability to improve the lives of those living with Ataxia. It is designed to raise funds in order to speed up our advocacy efforts, including:

  • New legislation important to our community and progress
  • Add more resources for the 65+ support groups
  • Educate our community about genetic testing including providing genetic counseling and testing for all those living with Ataxia 
  • Create a national, regional, and local Ataxia Awareness campaign to accelerate the understanding of Ataxia.

Become a Member of NAF for FREE!

NAF Members

Join the growing number of people that want to stay connected with the Ataxia community! Sign up today. It only takes a few moments. Our members receive:

  • News and research opportunities about their specific type of Ataxia as it becomes available.
  • Early access to free webinars
  • NAF’s eNewsletter and Generations publications. 


Jo Ann Kovar

My name is Jo Ann Kovar.  I’m a 60-year-old resident of Ames, Iowa.  I moved here 22 years ago from South Louisiana.  When I first moved here, I led an Read More…

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Bud Manley

I had a normal childhood growing up other than I was uncoordinated when it came to playing sports. I was bright, did well in school, and went on to receive Read More…

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Brian Oliveira

Hi I’m Brian and this is my story… I was diagnosed in 2010 with Cerebellar Ataxia type 3 (sca3) it’s genetic and another family member has the same disease. My Read More…

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Feb 04, 2023 09:30 am - 10:30 am
VIRTAL Self Compassion Through Mindfulness and Drawing Session

Mindfulness is identified as a tool for so many with chronic pain, but sitting still and meditating doesn’t work for most. I would like to demonstrate and guide participants through Read More…

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Feb 04, 2023 12:30 pm - 01:30 pm
VIRTUAL North Carolina Triangle Ataxia Support Group

EASTERN TIME Zoom Link:   Contact Kaitlyn Briggs at for more information Read More…

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Feb 04, 2023 01:00 pm - 02:30 pm
VIRTUAL Arizona Ataxia Support Group Meeting

MOUNTAIN TIME Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 850 1000 0436 Passcode: 958791   For information and meeting access, contact: Mary Fuchs at Phone #: 480-212-6425 | Join Our Read More…

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Feb 06, 2023 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
VIRTUAL Boston Ataxia Support Group Evening Chat

We welcome anyone to these meetings, regardless of location.   Zoom information: Meeting ID: 879 9925 0029 Passcode: Ataxia   For access information contact Donna Gorzela at Phone #: Read More…

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Are you ready for fun and learning at the largest Ataxia conference of the year?

2023 Annual Ataxia Conference: Partnering for Progress

Join us to connect, learn, and take action toward accelerating treatment development!