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International Ataxia Awareness Day

International Ataxia Awareness Day is an international effort held on 25th September every year to raise awareness of the group of neurological disorders referred to as ‘ataxia.’

What is Ataxia?

Ataxia is used to describe a condition that affects coordination, speech and balance. Ataxia is a symptom caused by a wide range of conditions including MS, stroke, tumour or head injury.

There is a whole spectrum of ataxia types, with over 50 recorded and it is observed in 5-10% of all cerebral palsy cases.

There is currently no cure for ataxia, which is why International Ataxia Awareness Day (IAAD) is so vital in raising funds and awareness.

Getting Involved

Although ataxia affects around 10,000 people in the UK, research has shown that only 7% of the population knows what it is. IAAD is a great opportunity for you to get involved and raise awareness of the condition.

You could do this in a number of ways, but here are some ideas to help get you started:

  • Wear an Ataxia UK awareness t-shirt, wristband or badge
  • Hand out flyers and put up posters in your local area
  • Spread the news via your social media accounts
  • Organise a quiz or film screening
  • Set up a stall or information point
  • Speak at a school or civic group
  • Talk to someone who hasn’t heard of ataxia before and share some information
  • Organise a fundraising event
  • Reach out to local media and get your story in the news

There are many ways for you to get involved, and every little thing you do will make a difference to the cause whether it’s just chatting with a friend about ataxia or organising a large-scale fundraising event. The more you get people talking about the condition the more awareness you raise.

You can register your interest on the National Ataxia Foundation website to receive an awareness kit which includes:

  • Press Release
  • Proclamation
  • Awareness Poster
  • Additional Items Available
  • IAAD Items
  • Items Order Form
  • Opportunities & Ideas for Involvement
  • Information on how to Create Ataxia Awareness

Ataxia is the least common form of cerebral palsy but it can affect a child in many ways. Physically, it may affect coordination of movement and you may notice a child with ataxic cerebral palsy walks with their feet unusually far apart, and is unsteady or shaky on their feet. If you believe that your child’s ataxic cerebral palsy was caused as a result of medical negligence and you would like advice from one of our specialists then simply call Express Solicitors on 0161 904 4660

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