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International Ataxia Awareness Day

Join the global movement and raise awareness for Ataxia on International Ataxia Awareness Day - together, we can make a difference!
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Get ready to spread awareness and support for those living with Ataxia on International Ataxia Awareness Day, which falls on September 25! This day was established in 2000 by the National Ataxia Foundation and aims to educate the public about this rare neurological disorder that affects coordination and balance. It's also a time to celebrate the strength and resilience of those living with Ataxia, as well as their families and caregivers. So let's come together to raise awareness, show our support, and spread positivity on this important day.

History of International Ataxia Awareness Day

International Ataxia Awareness Day Dates

International Ataxia Awareness Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1994</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Ataxia Tied to Genetic Mutations</div><div class='timeline-text'>Scientists discovered a link between spinocerebellar ataxia and genetic mutations, leading to further insights into the hereditary nature of some forms of ataxia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>International Ataxia Awareness Day Created</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Ataxia Foundation established September 25 as International Ataxia Awareness Day to educate the public on this rare neurological disorder.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Ataxia UK Held First Conference</div><div class='timeline-text'>Ataxia UK, a leading charity organization for people with ataxia, held its first annual conference, bringing together patients, caregivers, and researchers from around the world.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Initiatives Launched</div><div class='timeline-text'>International collaborations began working on global initiatives to cure Friedreich's ataxia, one of the most common forms of hereditary ataxia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expanded Support Services</div><div class='timeline-text'>Significant strides were made in providing resources and support services for people living with ataxia, including therapy programs and enhanced clinical care.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Events for Awareness</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, International Ataxia Awareness Day events were held virtually, incorporating webinars, online support groups and social media campaigns.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Ataxia Awareness Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a fundraising event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a charity event to raise awareness and funds for Ataxia. This could be a charity walk, run, or bike ride, or even a gala or auction.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spread awareness by sharing your personal experience with Ataxia on social media or through a blog. This can help educate others and inspire them to get involved.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Wear blue for Ataxia</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Blue is the official color for Ataxia awareness, so encourage others to wear blue on this day. You can also sell blue ribbons or wristbands to raise money for Ataxia research.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend an educational seminar</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look for educational events or seminars about Ataxia in your area. This is a great way to learn more about the condition and show your support for those affected by it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local Ataxia organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spend the day giving back by volunteering at a local Ataxia organization. This could be helping with administrative tasks, organizing events, or providing support to individuals and families affected by Ataxia.</p></div></div>

Why International Ataxia Awareness Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings attention to a rare neurological disorder</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Ataxia Awareness Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about ataxia, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects a person's coordination and balance. By celebrating this day, we can spread knowledge and understanding of this condition that many people may not be familiar with.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It supports those living with ataxia</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By recognizing International Ataxia Awareness Day, we show our support for those who are affected by this condition - whether they are individuals with ataxia or their family members and caregivers. This day serves as a reminder to be understanding and compassionate toward those who may struggle with physical limitations every day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It highlights the need for continued research and funding</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>With increased awareness comes increased support for research and funding for ataxia. By spreading the word about this condition and its impact, we can encourage more resources to be dedicated towards finding effective treatments and possibly a cure for ataxia.</p></div></div>

Unveiling 5 Facts for Ataxia Awareness Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Several Types of Ataxia Exist</h3><p class='facts-content'>Ataxia isn't a single disease but a term used to describe over 40 disorders that affect control of coordination and balance, including Friedreich's ataxia, spinocerebellar ataxias, and episodic ataxia.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Age of Onset Varies Widely</h3><p class='facts-content'>The conditions classified under ataxia can present at different life stages, from childhood to late adulthood, depending on the specific type of ataxia one has.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Ataxia Can Affect Speech and Eye Movements</h3><p class='facts-content'>Aside from impacting coordination and balance, ataxia can also interfere with speech clarity (dysarthria) and eye movements, further complicifying the disease's impact on daily living.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>No Known Cure for Ataxia</h3><p class='facts-content'>Currently, there is no known cure for ataxia. Treatments are aimed at helping patients manage symptoms and maintain a high quality of life. This underscores the importance of relentless research efforts.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>About 150,000 Americans are Affected by Ataxia</h3><p class='facts-content'>It is estimated that approximately 150,000 Americans suffer from one form of ataxia or another, highlighting the crucial importance of continued awareness campaigns and research initiatives.</p></div></div>

International Ataxia Awareness Day FAQs

When is International Ataxia Awareness Day?

International Ataxia Awareness Day is celebrated on September 25th every year. In 2024 International Ataxia Awareness Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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