The campaign

Ataxia disrupts the perception of people. It can ruin someone’s day or night; a comment or opinion can do harm and once it’s said, it can’t be taken back. The accusations that people face due to their unsteadiness can hurt.

Ataxia can disrupt someone’s true intention

“I was the one who ended up hurt from the unkind assumptions made by my neighbour, due to my ataxia." Read Beryl's story here

 

Ataxia can disrupt someone’s trust

“So, I told her I had ataxia and she fully sympathised, but said embarrassingly that she still had to breathalyse me.” Read Martin's story here

 

Ataxia can disrupt the real picture

“People with ataxia are generally treated as though their problems lie in the bottom of a bottle, instead of in their brains.” Read Jason's story here

 

Ataxia can disrupt someone’s confidence and ultimately, their life

“It would be 5-6 years before I regained the confidence to leave my home again, and my ability to walk was gone.” Read Tara's story here

 

Ataxia can disrupt someone’s safety

But when I got to the taxi, the driver accused me of being drunk and said he wouldn't take me, despite the group of people arguing my case.” Read Laura's story here

 

But we can improve the understanding of ataxia and combat these misconceptions

“I explained my condition and afterwards she was embarrassed beyond belief.” Read Derek's story here

Join us this International Ataxia Awareness Day on the 25 September. #DisorderedNotDrunk