Who We Are

Our Mission

The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association is dedicated to the eradication of autoimmune diseases and the alleviation of suffering and the socioeconomic impact of autoimmunity through fostering and facilitating collaboration in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient services in an effective, ethical and efficient manner.

How we do it?

The AARDA office is in Eastpointe, Michigan just outside of Detroit.

We are a small, dedicated team and we work hard to achieve our mission. Every patient matters to us. Every donation is treated with the utmost respect, and we greatly appreciate contributions in every size and shape.

Our office space was once a physician’s office. Where patients once were treated, we now work to ensure autoimmune patients have the resources and knowledge for their own treatments as well as advance awareness and research into autoimmune diseases.

  • We help AD patients all over the world by connecting them to resources and information
  • We hold awareness walks around the country throughout the year
  • Our Facebook page has the latest on research and other AD news

Why we do it?

Ask anyone with an autoimmune disease, and they will tell you how frustrating it is.

With over a hundred autoimmune diseases, impacting approximately one in five people, you more than likely know several people fighting against one or more autoimmune disease. Right from the beginning when trying to get a diagnosis, patients can often be seen by multiple doctors and specialists over the course of several years before starting treatment and getting relief from their disease. Then comes the battle of fighting a chronic illness, and the costs associated with adequate care. This is unacceptable. AARDA’s goal is to increase research by scientists for better advancements in the autoimmunity field, and to increase awareness of autoimmune diseases themselves, so that diagnoses are made quicker.

How we got started

AARDA was created in 1991. Founder Virginia Ladd current executive director and president, saw the need for an organization that focused on the bigger picture. After noticing various autoimmune diseases sprouting on her family tree, she realized the need for an organization that focused directly on the autoimmune connection. There were, and still are, many organizations that focus on specific diseases. However, autoimmune diseases are complex and can cluster in people and in families, and there was no focus on the autoimmune connection. Today, AARDA collaborates with disease-focused organizations in our National Coalition of Autoimmune Patient Groups (NCAPG). Since 1991 AARDA continues to raise awareness of, and increase research into autoimmunity.

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