Medline NLM definition: Impairment of the
ability to perform smoothly coordinated voluntary movements. This condition
may affect the limbs, trunk, eyes, pharnyx, larnyx, and other structures.
Ataxia may result from impaired sensory or motor function. Sensory ataxia
may result from posterior column injury or PERIPHERAL NERVE DISEASES. Motor
ataxia may be associated with CEREBELLAR DISEASES; CEREBRAL CORTEX
diseases; THALAMIC DISEASES; BASAL GANGLIA DISEASES; injury to the RED
NUCLEUS; and other conditions.
Friedreich's Ataxia factsheet: National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (US site)
The Ataxia-Telangiectasia Society
A-T Society is a self help group of families who have children with A-T. They provide newsletters, family meetings, a trained counsellor and a help-line.
The UK’s leading charity for people with ataxia, their families and carers. We support people affected by ataxia and fund research into causes and potential treatments.
Climb - The National Information Centre for metabolic Diseases
A national umbrella organisation working on behalf of children, young people and families affected by metabolic disease. Offers a telephone helpline for information, counselling and support; written information by post (detailed information only available following confirmed diagnosis, appropriate professional counselling and telephone contact); details of other agencies and sources of help; information about the latest research and whom to contact for specialist advice etc.
National Ataxia Foundation (US
USA based organisation for people with ataxia
International Network of Ataxia Friends
Internaf is an international e-mail based forum to exchange information and support for those who are diagnosed with ataxia, their families and friends as well as anyone who has an interest in these disorders. See web page for regional groups.