Ataxia Ireland

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Ataxia Ireland was founded in 1980 (originally called 'The Friedreich's Ataxia Society) and is the National Support Group for people affected by Friedreich's and other genetic Ataxias and their families.

Friedreich's Ataxia is a progressive disorder mainly affecting the nervous system. The progressive genetic physical disability, which becomes evident in children between the ages of 6-16 years old, can affect more than one child in the family. By the time children reach their late teens or early 20's they will find themselves confined to a wheelchair. There are many different types of ataxia, some of which are inherited.

Ataxia Ireland provides support to all those affected by this devastating disorder from the time of diagnosis through all the difficult stages and assists them and their families in navigating through the world of disability. We also provide essential services such as equipment and accommodation grants, respite and counselling. We hold socials throughout the year and an annual respite break for members which also gives their families and carers a well-deserved break.

Significantly, we part-fund a Registrar at The Ataxia Clinic which is run once a month at Tallaght Hospital, and which is the only such Clinic available in Ireland.



Tel.: (01) 2999 033

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