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National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

Rating: 3 stars   5 reviews 285

Nonprofit Issues:

Health

Address:

55 Kenosia Avenue P O Box 1968 Danbury CT 06813 USA

Mission:

NORD represents 1 in 10 Americans who have rare diseases with programs of advocacy, education, research and patients services. It serves as the voice of the rare disease community on important issues of public policy. It also provides information on rare diseases in understandable language for patients and their families, with referrals to support groups and other helpful resources. It encourages research on new diagnostics and treatments and administers patients assistance programs. NORD mentors rare disease support groups so that they can more effectively help their members. It serves as the point of connection between the patient community and key government agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nearly 150 patient organizations are members of NORD and look to NORD for guidance, mentoring and leadership.

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Reviews for National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with NORD was fantastic, and they are a great advocate for rare disease patients

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Rating: 1 stars  

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A representative from NORD made me cry today when applying for financial assistance for my son's rare disorder. I could not believe how insensitive she was. Then, when I called to see if I could work with someone else, the supervisor who later contacted me only left the main number so I could not call her back directly. It makes me very sad that an organization that is supposed to support patients with rare disorders and their families treats people this way and I hope it is not typical.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A little

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Unlikely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a Father of a daughter with a rare disease, I can't begin to describe how important NORD has been to our family. When Gaby was diagnosed in 2006 we had no where to turn with a condition that affects 1 in 2 Million. Until we found NORD! NORD is the mother ship for all us very small rare disorders like APS Type 1. When we were first introduced and got involved they were critical to providing a wealth of information about the condition...providing us with contacts that assisted us in creating our own website, and supporting us with fundraising through their restricted research grant program. So far we have 3 research projects through NORD and our working on our 4th. If you've had trouble with connectivity with NORD...I recommend contacting them again, I'm confident that the people I've interacted with are very interested in each and every one of us living day to day with the challenges of rare disorders.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

I am a new Board member of NORD who is absolutely focused on ensuring that NORD ensures its relevance and importance to the patient community and the patient organizations that it serves.

NORD knows that it needs to do more than be the protector of the Orphan Drug Act. It has a new leadership team, and that leadership team has recently developed a new set of advocacy principles that we believe reflect the needs of patients with rare diseases. These include:

-- A national awareness and recognition of the challenges faced by people living with rare diseases and the associated costs to society.
-- A nation where people with rare diseases can secure access to diagnostics and therapies that extend and improve their lives.
-- A social, political, and financial culture of innovation that supports both the basic and translational research necessary to create diagnostic tests and therapies for all rare disorders.
-- A regulatory environment that encourages development and timely approval of safe and effective diagnostics and treatments for patients with rare diseases.

There is a GREAT deal more that we need to do ... and I look forward to helping the leadership and the staff of NORD to make sure we succeed in achieving these new goals.

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

The stature that NORD holds among other Board members of NORD and staff at organizations like the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and EURORDIS (NORD's European partner organization).

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

I have a list that is too long to post. What I would like to do is be judged as a Board member on what I can help NORD to accomplish over the next 5 years.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

rarediseases.org is far removed from knowing the patients they serve.

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

Become more involved with the patient community it serves

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