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American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

Rating: 4.57 stars   7 reviews 1,056

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22100 Gratiot Ave. Eastpointe MI 48021 USA


The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association is dedicated to the eradication of autoimmune diseases and the alleviation of suffering and the socioeconomic impact of autoimmunity through fostering and facilitating collaboration in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient services in an effective, ethical and efficient manner.


AARDA has achieved many important advances in the cause of collaboration in the research, diagnosis, treatment and sharing of information about autoimmunity. AARDA hosts national programs for patient education and the organization of scientific symposia. A key objective is to establish multidisciplinary diagnostic triage clinics at NIH funded Centers of Excellence. These clinics will help eliminate one of the biggest obstacles patients face -- lack of early diagnosis. AARDA affected legislation to establish an autoimmune coordinating committee at NIH and is actively working toward the passage of a bill for prevention and awareness of autoimmune diseases.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization has been very helpful to my family and I. Provided a person to talk with and answer our questions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Four and 1/2 years ago, my body decided to attack itself with such ferocity I went from walking to wheelchair in 30 days. I went from being a competitive athlete, Coach and trainer to a drooling, vomiting bed and chair-ridden shell of myself, riddled with excruciating pain I had never experienced in my life-time. After several hospitalizations, surgeries, biopsies with no explanation as to why my body was failing on me, I thankfully stumbled across The American Autoimmune and Related Diseases Organziation (AARDA). I realized I was not the only person who was suffering. This Organization has saved me. The interaction within the Organization and it's members has been phenomenal to say the least. Through grassroots fundraisers, walks, International Summits, newsletters this Organization has provided so much information for it's members. I have helped organize 2 grassroots fundraisers, raising over $5K this year alone for AARDA. We could NOT have done it without AARDA's help! They provided fliers, banners, shirts, rubber bracelets, etc.! They were awesome! Treatment for these diseases is sketchy, at best. These diseases seem to be in the 'infantile' stage of awareness and funding. Millions of people are fighting these diseases all on their own which, and I can tell you from experiencing the fight every hour of every day, can be incredibly depressing and lonely. AARDA has done an amazing job in helping to get the word out, increase funding, finding and getting approached by well known researchers, scientists, doctors and specialists who want to be involved with AARDA. I and my family have benefited tremendously by being a part of the AARDA family.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I know Karen has been on top of things to bring new information to the members about resources and research that is pertinent to the group. She is very trustworthy and caring for all the members.

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I am the group support leader to AARDA's Support Meetings at 16151 19 Mile Rd & Hayes, Clinton Twp, Mich, 48038-Henry Ford Medical Pavilion-4th floor. Bringing national and community awareness to others is what we try to do in our group as there are over 100 autoimmune related diseases that are often misdaignosed or go undiagnosed before they are treated. By then its often too late.
Diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Scleroderma, Sjogrens, Myositis, Diabetes, Celiacs, Fibromyalgia, R.A., Psoriasis, Crohn's , Thyroiditis Hashimotos and more!!
Our support group has professional speakers of all professions, including , Immunology, Rheumotology, Neurology, Other Foundations, Social Security Attorneys, Dieticians and more! Our meetings are free and we take pride in helping new members who suffer from these devastating debilitating diseases. We want you to know that together we can connect the links to these chronic diseases. Please join us!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It's a scary thing when the doctor tells you you have "something." Internet searches can only do so much to give you information about what you can expect in the coming years. AARDA's monthly support group meetings mean the world to me. There are always handouts about the diseases and the speakers provide me insight on things I can try to do to help my symptoms. Speaking with fellow sufferers makes me feel less alone. Don't know what I would do without these folks!

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am a person who has MS, one of the many autoimmune diseases. I appreciate being able to attend the free support meetings each month held in Clinton Township. They offer educational as well as a personal view of autoimmune diseases, diagnosis, and offer a medical background by the many physicians and health care providers that attend and share their knowledge of autoimmune diseases with the group.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The AARDA is a org that helps people by giving them information about AI diseases. They are also involved in reaching the medical profession to spread info, increase awearness and help get laws passed to aid in funding and research. There are over 50 million suffers of Autoimmune diseases, the AARDA website gives lots of info and a place to talk with others who have AI problems. Six years ago when I found out I have an AI disease, the AARDA help me accept my disease and lead me to understand my disease better. I don't know what I would have done if I had not found this wonderful organization. Thank you all who work and support the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have received in the mail free information related to my disease and about auto immune disease in general. The AARDA has a wonderful formum that has help me connect with other AI suffers along with supplying me with lots of information.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to change this org by given them funding / aid so they can help more people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Everything - they are wonderful

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, helpful and knowledgable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help many, many people by aiding in the area of research and education

Ways to make it better...

nothing could make it better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...


One thing I'd also say is that...

Everyone knows someone with an autoimmune disease - tell them to go to www.aarda.org

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About every week

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