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Support and Resources for Individuals with ADEM


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Transverse Myelitis Foundation

Founded in 1994, the Transverse Myelitis Association’s goal is to improve the quality of life of individuals diagnosed with rare neuroimmunologic disorders including acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM).

  • Offers and provides information about support services such as a newsletter, family camp and support groups
  • Convenes international symposia on rare neuroimmunologic disorders and funds a clinician-scientist fellowship

The Association's website ( includes information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of ADEM, a listing of clinical trials, a message forum, and physician network. or 614-766-1806
1787 Sutter Parkway, Powell, OH 43065-8806        

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

NORD ( provides information for patients and families, mentoring for patient organizations, advocacy for the rare disease community, research grants, and patient assistance programs.

  • NORD has compiled resources that may be useful to individuals and families affected by rare diseases.
  • The NORD Rare Disease Database provides reports in patient-friendly language on more than 1,200 rare diseases. Each report provides a basic introduction with links to resources for additional information and assistance.

Email Call toll free / voicemail only 800-999-NORD(6673), 203-744-0100, 
TTY 203-797-9590. Fax 203-798-2291
55 Kenosia Avenue Danbury, CT  06810

Other resources

  • Medscape Reference provides information on ADEM. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
  • NIH Office of Rare Diseases Research provides information about ADEM and links to resources.
  • The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) collects and disseminates information related to neurological disorders including ADEM.
  • Orphanet is a database dedicated to information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.
  • RareShare is an online social hub dedicated to patients, families and healthcare professionals affected by rare medical disorders.