The association sponsors the following programs to address a severe lack of educational information, public awareness, and research into the over 100 diseases in this group:
The AARDA sponsors physician conferences and symposia in order to encourage collaboration in research and cross fertilization of treatment approaches, scientific knowledge, and pharmaceutical advancements. The association also sponsors public seminars for patients and their families.
National Awareness Campaign
A national public awareness campaign is a leading priority as a major focus of this organization because a lack of public information regarding autoimmune diseases is a significant factor in the death rate which can often be attributed to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. It is also a significant factor in high health care costs to individuals and companies alike.
The association funds basic research into autoimmunity as the underlying factor in the majority of serious chronic illnesses. At the present, there is no collaborative approach to autoimmune research. The focus of most research has been directed to specific diseases rather than into autoimmunity.
The association publishes a comprehensive quarterly national newsletter, InFocus. This informative newsletter is mailed to a nationwide mailing list of interested persons.