The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance proudly supports the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and its mission to support global advocacy for increased asbestos awareness. As a web site dedicated to helping victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases, MCA makes it a priority to support organizations like ADAO that provide a “voice for victims” as well as funding for research to discover improved diagnosis and treatment methods and ultimately a cure.
What is the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization?
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization was established in 2004. It was founded as an independent organization by asbestos victims and their families with the primary mission of helping to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos and preventing asbestos disease through education and legislative action. The organization seeks to be a “Voice of the Victims”, to educate the public about the hazards of asbestos exposure, to promote unity among asbestos disease victims and to support ongoing research.
The organization has been very active since its inception and for 2010 boasts an impressive list of accomplishments in the areas of education, advocacy and community including:
- Organizing Asbestos Awareness Conferences in several states
- Publishing monthly newsletters
- Creating an asbestos video library
- Developing an Asbestos Fact Sheet
- Attending White House Meetings
- Testifying before OSHA and the California State Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee
- Building a Social Media Network through Facebook, Twitter and Blogs
- Launching a Global Ban Asbestos Network website
The 12th Annual ADAO Conference, Where Knowledge and Action Unite, was held on April 8-10, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The 2016 annual conference featured four powerful, cutting-edge sessions focused on the progress and challenges from the frontline relative to asbestos use and exposure, medical advances in the diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, prevention—workers' safety and asbestos eradication, and advocacy with an emphasis on a global ban of asbestos. ADAO’s annual conference sessions included over 300 speakers—victims, medical experts, lawmakers, and union representatives—from 14 countries. In addition, several individuals and organizations were honored for their ongoing commitment to raising asbestos awareness through research, education, advocacy, and support to mesothelioma patients and families. Among those honored at the 2016 conference were Dr. Phillip Landrigan, Dr. Christine Oliver, photojournalist Earl Dotter, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, and Clarence Borel (posthumously).
The 13th Annual ADAO Conference has been scheduled for April 7-9, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.