International Ataxia Awareness Day (IAAD) is on September 25th of each year. It is a coordinated effort from individuals and Ataxia organizations around the world to help shed light on this rare disease. NAF is committed to leading the way on this outreach effort – but we need your help! We encourage individuals and disease organizations to join us by planning events and/or awareness campaigns for IAAD.
IAAD is a great time to start up Ataxia advocacy initiatives. Join our Hill Day event to help get the day declared as National Ataxia Awareness Day or get a proclamation for IAAD in your city or state. Instructions that explain the process are included in the downloads below. Visit our advocacy page for more info about ongoing initiatives.
We invite you to join NAF and FARA in raising awareness about Ataxia and supporting legislation that directly impacts our communities. The third United Against Ataxia Hill Day will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. A group of advocates will meet with Congressional Members to discuss issues important to the Ataxia community. It will be a virtual event so every US resident, regardless of where you are, can participate. There is no cost or need to travel. Instead, you can speak to your Congressional Members right from the comforts of your home!
An easy way to help with Ataxia awareness is using social media. You can post a personal story or information about Ataxia to help with the awareness efforts. NAF offers social media post ideas and images. Use #IAAD21 for your social media posts to help International Ataxia Awareness Day trend on social media! Follow NAF on Facebook and Twitter to share our IAAD messages.
Walk N’ Roll is NAF’s largest grassroots fundraising campaign. Walk N’ Roll began in 2007. It is held in cities across the United States. Thousands of families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and communities come together each year to support NAF’s mission to accelerate the development of treatments and improve the lives of people living with Ataxia. The national virtual event is free and will be on Saturday, October 16th at 12pm CDT. Join us for fun, prizes, and supporting the Ataxia community!
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Planning an event or activity is a great way to raise awareness and get others involved in taking action. Organizing your awareness activity on or around September 25th will help build strength of the awareness effort and draw media attention. Activities can be small or large, social or educational, informational or fundraiser – the possibilities are endless!
Organize an Event
Get started by promoting your IAAD event or activity. Submit the event details to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like it added to our events calendar. Tell your friends, family, and local news outlets about your event.
Find an Event
Check out our events calendar to find an IAAD event near you. Many Walk N’ Roll to Cure Ataxia events are held in honor of IAAD. Join us at an event or walk in your area! Local support groups are also a great resource for meetings and events. Find a support group leader in your area and reach out!