The American Juvenile Arthritis Organization (AJAO), a Council of the Arthritis Foundation, is devoted to serving the special needs of children, teens, and young adults with childhood rheumatic diseases and their families. AJAO offers both support and information through national and local programs that serve the needs of families and friends of the afflicted, and health professionals. The Organization serves as a clearinghouse of information for the public; sponsors an annual national conference; monitors and promotes legislation that affects children with arthritis; sponsors research through its parent body. The Organization's membership is comprised of parents, family members, doctors, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, and young adults. The Organization responds to mail, telephone, and electronic mail inquiries.
AJAO publishes educational materials ranging from free pamphlets to inexpensive self-help manuals, some in Spanish. A bi-monthly Newsletter "Kids get Arthritis Too" provides current information about issues affecting children with Rheumatic Disease.
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