The National Ataxia FoundationThe National Ataxia Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1957 with the primary mission of encouraging and supporting research into Hereditary Ataxia, a group of neurological disorders which are chronic and progressive conditions affecting coordination. There are more than 45 affiliated chapters and support groups throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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NAF's programs, funded through contributions and membership dues, include:
- Encouraging and supporting research efforts to identify the causes and mechanisms of the hereditary ataxias, improving diagnosis, and developing treatment models.
- Locating families affected by ataxia or at risk for ataxia in order to offer information and education.
- Identifying needs and services for purposes of referral.
- Creating and making available educational programs for ataxia families, health care professionals, and the general public.
- Increasing public awareness of hereditary ataxia.
NAF keeps its members informed through its quarterly publication, Generations. Also, by providing access to Electronic NAF Services, offers additional support and information resources.