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Causes: Arthritis, Arthritis Research, Health

Mission: Our mission is to be a leader in the quest to cure AS and related diseases, and to empower those affected to live life to the fullest. There are more than 100 types of arthritis. For over 25 years, SAA has focused on just one - yours. So that no one has to face spondylitis alone.

Programs: SAA provides public and patient education programs to facilitate early diagnosis, promote effective treatment, and encourage self-help care for optimal quality of life. 

SAA’s website, www.spondylitis.org, is updated regularly with the latest news and information about spondylitis treatment, medications and research. In addition, information about SAA events and seminars, supportive programs and the online Message Board community can also be found here.

SAA hosts free educational seminars in different metropolitan areas throughout the United States each year. All seminars include an experienced rheumatologist who provides an overview of spondyloarthritis along with current medications and other available treatments. Secondary speakers complement the program with presentations on other topics of interest including exercise, physical therapy, occupational therapy, the emotional impact of living with spondylitis, etc. These seminars provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and meet other people from the area impacted by spondylitis.

SAA offers free online seminar events, referred to as webinars. These webinars allow people to learn about specific spondylitis-related topics in the comfort of their home without having to travel. SAA hosts approximately 3 webinars each year; the live event is free and open to everyone in the spondylitis community. 

SAA provides a library of audio interviews (podcasts) to SAA members, which include questions posed to spondylitis experts to provide information on a wide range of topics including spondylitis symptoms, medications, treatment, complications, etc. Members are also asked to submit their own questions to be answered during future podcasts.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Means D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had AS for 48 years and when the Spondylitis Association of America began we who have this disease started seeing progress toward better management of the disease and its many ramifications. The research has been fruitful and continues to give us more than just hope; it gives us tangible paths to a better, more productive life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to this organization. My journey with psoriatic arthritis/spondyloarthritis started 4 years ago. The Spondylitis Association website has been and still is my go-to source for information beginning with my diagnosis and continuing through various treatments. It publishes the most informative educational blogs and articles, works with the best doctors, specialists and researchers, and offers webinars with doctors updating members on the latest information available. I wish I could support this organization with more than my small donations, because they have helped me so much.

2 Sharon157

Donor

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnosed with AS I wanted to get all the information I could. The web site is a great source of useful information; and it has links to support groups, doctors, written material, and seminars. As a parent, and advocate I'm grateful for all the knowledge I've gained. And I know any donations made go where they can do the most good.

2 Andrea129

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a website I go to frequently as we navigate my son's treatment.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SAA is at the forefront of research and information for Spondyloarthritis and its' family of diseases. With as little as 2 million dollars a year, they are succeeding in their quests. This, however is a very little known autoimmune disease and needs a bigger spotlight so more funding can be donated by the general public. This disease effects more people than Lou Gehrig's disease, MS, and Cystic Fibrosis combined, but is very unknown it seems. SAA calls every single person that makes a donation to the association. Not just a typed form letter, but a phone call from a real person that truly cares about what he/she is doing. I am a proud supporter of SAA and a patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When my husband was diagnosed we found great resources on SAA's website. It was nice to feel part of a community instead of all alone. We have donated for the last 4 years and feel the money is well spent. They honestly care and do everything they can. I could hardly believe it when we had a personal thank you on out answering machine for making a donation. Great organization with great people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis 3 1/2 years ago, and, despite having a great doctor, felt like I was in a raft in the middle of the ocean with no rescue in sight. Then, the SAA formed a local support group, and I started attending monthly gatherings, and eventually joined the organization and became a monthly donor. The support group, seminars and educational material provided by SAA has been a lifeline as I deal with the day-to-day reality of living with this chronic illness. It is amazing how much this organization does to educate the medical community and the public about Ankylosing Spondylitis and related diseases, and also fund research to help those with the illnesses have a better life. I can't recommend it highly enough.

2 Joe H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I suffer from AS and benefit greatly from the work of SAA. I also donate because of how effective they are.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For people afflicted with Spondylitis, SAA is a great source of knowledge and community, as well as funding research into causes and treatments.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As one who has Ankylosing Spondylitis, I have benefited greatly from information obtained from SAA's web site and other publications. They provide helpful practical advice for people dealing with this family of diseases, which affect a surprisingly high number of people.

1 Cynthia B.

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter has been diagnosed with spondyloarthritis for about one year now. The support that we have received from SAA has helped us feel not so alone. I have a different autoimmune disease and there is no national support group for my specific disease. The SAA, which deals specifically with the cluster of spondylitis disorders, has been a great and thorough resource of disease information, but more importantly for my daughter, the SAA has provided the forum and opportunity to network with others, including health care providers to get her the best comprehensive care.