NAF staff will be working remotely until further notice, doing our small part in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
What this means is business as usual, just remote:
- In-person meetings for our staff (external and internal) will be rescheduled as phone/video calls.
- NAF staff will work from their homes and will not travel, regionally or nationally, for work projects.
- We will continue to work closely with researchers, neurologists, and our industry partners.
What this doesn’t mean:
- NAF is not closed! We’ll continue to focus our work hours on projects that move NAF’s mission forward. Instead of coming to the office, we’ll be working and taking our meetings remotely.
Why We Came to This Decision
Leaders in Minnesota and around the country are all grappling with how to respond to COVID-19. While we’re seeing so much “business as usual,” we’re hearing alarming messages from health experts. This is an unprecedented situation and we are doing our best to make decisions in the interest of our team and our communities with the information we have. This choice is also an emotional one for NAF staff. After making the difficult decision to cancel our beloved patient conference earlier this month in Denver, we feel a renewed sense of connectedness to our amazing community of Ataxians. We know that you have a heightened risk of being impacted by the virus, and we want you to know that we are here for you, and with you. We’ll just do so virtually until the situation improves. We also understand that being able to make a decision like this is a privilege. There are so many workers in our country that do not have the option to do their jobs remotely. We are exercising our ability to do so in a way we think will best serve the communities we are a part of and care deeply about.
NAF's First Virtual Staff Meeting
Luckily, technology gives us a way to stay connected while we work from home. We had our first online staff meeting on Monday morning. Andrew was stunned that we all managed to make it to our first virtual meeting without technical difficulties. We’ll continue to make the best of a bad situation and do the work that is needed to support the Ataxia community.