Make asbestos eradication your New Year’s Resolution; ADAO leads the charge

18 Jan 2013 by under News

adao logo Make asbestos eradication your New Years Resolution; ADAO leads the chargeThe Disease Awareness Foundation has set out three New Year’s Resolutions to help it succeed in its mission of eliminating and other asbestos-related diseases. And you can help!

According to the mission statement on its website, the ADAO “is the largest independent asbestos victims’ organization in the U.S. It was founded in 2004 to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice, to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and to work towards a global asbestos ban. ADAO is dedicated to preventing consumer, environmental and occupational asbestos-caused diseases through national and international education, advocacy, and community initiatives.”

In order to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos, the ADAO’s New Year’s Resolutions aim to use social media and foster teamwork in getting out the word. They invite you to join them in this mission through your own Facebook and Twitter accounts, blog, website, and in person.

Resolution No. 1 – Strengthen Social Media Networks and Outreach

In recent years, the ADAO has expanded its global influence in the area of asbestos disease awareness and outreach. ADAO’s co-founder, Linda Reinstein, has traveled to Italy, the UK, France and Brazil, and the ADAO has Skyped with representatives in Australia and Pakistan. The organization has an active website with loads of information about asbestos eradication, lobbying efforts and legal actions. Both ADAO and Linda have accounts on Facebook and Twitter, as well as other social media sites and networks. A full list is available on their website. Follow them, “Like” them, re-Tweet them. This is one of the easiest ways to help spread the word about the dangers of asbestos.

Resolution No. 2 – Build More Collaborative Education Campaigns

A cornerstone of ADAO’s mission is education. There are still too many people who are unaware of the dangers of asbestos. Many people, if they think of asbestos at all, vaguely recall it as a problem of the past, and believe that asbestos is no longer a threat. Even the smallest exposure to asbestos may lead to the development of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen and, occasionally, the heart. It also can lead to other asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis, a scarring of the lungs. Many people are exposed to asbestos while doing home renovation projects, in office or other public buildings, or in the workplace. Asbestos still has not been completely banned in the United States, and it is still used widely in other countries, putting thousands of people at risk. Recently, the ADAO has been active in warning workers in Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts to be aware of the dangers of asbestos in damaged structures. ADAO partners with a number of other organizations for educational campaigns, creating ads and PSAs to help inform the public. Most of these materials are available through the ADAO website at www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

Resolution No. 3 – Expand our “Share Your Story” Program

If you or a loved one has been directly affected by asbestos, or if you are involved in an outreach program related to asbestos or mesothelioma, the ADAO would like to hear from you. They invite you to share your story on their website. This is probably the most valuable way to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos. The people who fight asbestos disease every day are the warriors who will ultimately win the battle against this deadly threat.

You are also invited to attend the 9th Annual ADAO International Asbestos Awareness Conference, set for March 22-24, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment.” More than 30 renowned experts and asbestos victims from five countries will present the latest advancements in disease prevention, global advocacy, and treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases. Registration deadline is March 11.

Please get involved! Let your voice be heard. There is absolutely no reason that asbestos should still be a danger to human life.

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