Share your story at school assembly, for a fundraiser or ask your teacher to include ataxia in the curriculum for PSHE lessons. 

School can bring many challenges, even without ataxia thrown in the mix. By raising awareness at school, you can take control over how your peers perceive your condition, and help your teachers and school staff know how to support you best.

Georgia (pictured right) changed her entire school's attitude around her ataxia in one swoop, by writing a speech about the condition, and asking her teacher to read it in assembly. Within in one day, nasty comments turned into kindness. 

You can read more about Georgia's experience in raising awareness at school in our Ataxia Magazine issue 201, to help get you inspired for taking the plunge. 

How we help

We've got a slideshow made for secondary school pupils, and a video for younger pupils, that explains more about ataxia. We're also growing a network of Ataxia Ambassadors who can visit schools to answer any questions pupils may have.

How you can help

We're looking to produce a lesson template (approximately 20 minutes) to help pupils learn about ataxia as part of their disability awareness education in PSHE lessons. If you're a teacher, or know a teacher who can help, we would love to hear from you.

You can also read about how to help your school choose Ataxia UK as their Charity of the Year, not only raising awareness of ataxia, but helping your school to make a difference through donations, too. 

You can also suggest fundraising at school for Ataxia UK, by using this handy fundraising pack for schools!

Are you interesting in visiting schools to raise awareness as part of the Ataxia Ambassadors Project? We'll train and guide you, as well as supply you with materials. Read more about the Public Speaking, Networking and Events Ataxia Ambassador role here to express your interest, or just email [email protected] to find out more.