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American Juvenile Arthritis Organization (AJAO)


A special council of the ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION that helps to serve the special needs of children, teens, and young adults with childhood rheumatic diseases and their families. Its members are parents, family members, doctors, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, young adults, and anyone with an interest in arthritis in young people. The AJAO serves as an advocate for and works to improve the quality of life for children with rheumatic diseases and their families by working toward better medical care, stimulating research, and providing education and support. The organization tries to increase awareness of childhood arthritis, promotes access to care by pediatric rheumatologists, develops education and support programs, advocates the needs of those affected by childhood arthritis, and encourages research and funding toward prevention, control, and cure. AJAO serves as a clearinghouse of information for the public on topics from medications and educational rights to social services and legislative issues. The group sponsors national and regional conferences and publishes educational materials ranging from free brochures to inexpensive selfhelp manuals. AJAO monitors and promotes legislation that affects children with arthritis, sponsors special events, and promotes public and legislative awareness of this serious medical condition. (For contact information, see Arthritis Foundation in Appendix I.)