1. APDA(American Parkinson's Disease Association)<br />135 Parkinson Avenue<br />Staten Island, NY 10305<br />Phone: 800-223-2732 or 718-981-8001<br />http://www.apdaparkinson.org/<br />
2. General Info/History of APDA<br /><ul><li>Founded in 1961
3. Main Headquarters in New York
4. Is the country’s largest grass roots organization serving the Parkinson’s community.
5. Also we have a national young onset center. </li></li></ul><li>The Mission/Goal<br />APDA’s mission is to provide information about the various services available to patients with Parkinson’s disease. Also to make funds available for research in a new drug therapies and to ease the burden and find a cure. The goal of APDA is to promote a better quality of life for the Parkinson's community. <br />
6. Personal Connection<br />My grandfather was diagnosed with the disease about 8 years ago. It saddens me every time I see him because of what he goes through everyday. He has gone thru a surgery in the past were they shocked his brain which has helped a little. He was once a very independent, strong man but this disease has made him the complete opposite. He is the main reason why I picked this organization. <br />
7. Inputs <br />APDA has many sources and programs that help run the organization such as…<br />Our CEO and President Joel Gerstel<br />The annual APDA walk a thon which 100% of the money raised is sent to the national office for research. <br />We also have 56 fundraising chapters in the U.S<br />And about 60 information and referral facilities nationwide and 9 centers for advanced research. <br />
8. Outputs <br />We contribute more than $2.5 million for research and another $2 million for direct patient and caregiver support.<br />Our organization allotseducational material on the disease to explain different ways to help with the disease suchas the Parkinson's Disease and Good Nutrition in Parkinson's Disease handbooks. <br />We fund for the Research Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, the Cotzias Memorial Fellowships, the Roger Duvoisin Research Grants and Centers for Advanced Research.<br />
9. Outcomes <br />APDAhelps not only the person with Parkinson's but also with the caregiver and with the research. <br />We try to aggrandizethe knowledge of Parkinson's disease to the people thru handbooks and brochures that you can receive. <br /> Our organization wants to provide help provide to the needs of the Parkinson's patient and make there life a little better and easier. The procedures that are out there and that we fund for the disease gives the patients some hope on a normal life again and it gives them a better dispositiontowards there life. This procedures also improve the diseases drastically. <br />
10. Process <br />We respond to the needs of persons affected by Parkinson's disease and their caregivers through support and public awareness programs.<br />Our organization as more than 250 affiliated support groups which provides education, counseling, assistance and referrals throughout the United States. <br /> We have many fellowships that are designed to provide medical students the ability to research the disease.<br />We hold Parkinson's conferences to help explicate the disease to the people so they can get a better understanding. <br />
11. Getting involved..<br /> You can donate thru a number of ways thru mail, online, or by simply going out to the annual walk a thons and fundraisers. <br />You can also get involved thru a will. Your support through this means continuous APDA growth. All bequests shows your commitment to help those who suffer from Parkinson's disease. <br />
12. Shuttle Worth Foundation <br />APDA<br /><ul><li>Inspired by people you can change the world for the better.
13. Are powered by a dedicated team of individuals from around the globe that are brought together with a common commitment.
14. Our main focus is to find a cure and rid of a disease that causes many deaths each year.
15. We have 56 fundraising chapters around the U.S that all are committed to helping the Parkinson's patients. </li></li></ul><li>Shuttle Worth Foundation <br />APDA<br /><ul><li>Our organization also strives to get an open knowledge society by giving out brochures and news letters to the community to increase the knowledge of Parkinson's diseases.
16. One of the main things that we fund are summer fellowships. We provide stipend to allow medical students to perform clinical research. We belief that this will increase a students interest in the field.
17. The Shuttleworth Foundation is striving to create an open knowledge society around the world.
18. We support individuals through fellowships because we believe that great people are the true change agents. They have the vision, the drive, the passion and the motivation to see the plan through, and they will continue to do so after the fellowship ends.</li></li></ul><li>How this is linked to Critical thinking… <br />How this is linked to Critical Action…<br />It is linked to critical thinking by gathering and analyzing data to try and find a cure. <br />Also we have annual newsletters which answer many common questions.<br />One of goals is to create many different ways to raise money for the organization. <br /><ul><li>Our APDA association inserts informed actions by having newsletters that you can have sent to your email or by having the option to purchase Parkinson's disease books.
19. We make decisions everyday on how we can improve our organization. </li></li></ul><li>Specific Programs.. National Young Onset Center<br />Our APDA National Young Onset Center focuses on developing education and support programs that address the rare needs of young people with Parkinson's disease, their family members, friends and healthcare providers.<br />We are dedicated to creating opportunities for you to better understand and live with YOPD.<br />
20. Community Need <br />The Parkinson's Disease affects more than 1.5 million people in the United States. <br />Men and Women alike are affected <br />The disease is much higher in the older age group, but there is an alarming increase of patients of the younger ages. <br />With the increased in life expectancy throughout the country and worldwide there will be an increase of Parkinson's disease victims. <br />:: American Parkinson Disease Association ::About Parkinson<br />