Uniting the world of autoimmune arthritis diseases under one 'virtual' roof. 

"WAAD" is a Virtual Event held annually on May 20th.  To accommodate all people, the "virtual doors" open at 6am ET/USA May 19th & close on May 21st at 5am ET/USA, allowing all people to participate in live events during May 20th in their own time zone.

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Planning for World Autoimmune Arthritis Day 2014 has begun and this years' event aims to be the biggest and most all-encompassing convention thus far.  Housed in a high-tech, virtual convention site, WAAD14 will unite patients, supporters, advocates, nonprofits, practitioners, researchers, and industry professionals all under one 'roof'. 

Some Features of WAAD14 Include:
  • Over 40 Nonprofit & other Specialty Booths which include live Chatting and breakout Forum capabilities- in 17 languages- each filled with up to (10) downloadable resources.  Where else can you visit a nonprofit from the other side of the world to find information you may need? (View current list of our participants as of 03.19.14)
  • Research Room boasting top research published in 2013-2014, as well as updates on research that is currently in discussions.  In addition to this room, the International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis (official hosts of WAAD14), thanks to funding from Janssen Global, Inc., will reveal findings from their 1st Patient-Centered Research study on the Early Symptoms of Autoimmune Arthritis.  Results aim to show consistency in each of the 6 adult-onset diseases studied in order to promote early detections, referrals, diagnosis, and allow for greater opportunity for remission.
  • Wellness Center that lists information about disease management, such as treatments, therapies, and issues related to adherence.
  • Community Lounge for socializing, but also includes break out forums for discussions about hot topics, including Support, Disease Management, and Relationships.
  • Live Chat Feature Guests will be interviewed approximately every 2 hours (May 19th-20th USA) followed by 15 minute Q&A sessions.  Come chat with scientists, researchers, patient advocates and more!  (View current list of our Live Chat Feature Guests -as of 03.19.14)
  • Research Center filled with all the resources available at the booths PLUS a section to list the "Best of the Best" patient-nominated Bloggers, Support Groups, & Rheumatologists.  TO NOMINATE A "Best of the Best" candidate please learn more and nominate HERE. (Research Center sponsored by Janssen Global, Inc)
  • Blogger "Meet & Greet".  Visit this specialty booth where all your favorite bloggers can sign up to 'meet' their readers LIVE, say hello, then give a brief overview of items they feel their followers would be most interested in visiting during WAAD14.  Interested bloggers please email Lorna@IFAutoimmuneArthritis.org for more information.

In addition to the nonprofits, there will be several specialty booths, including an interactive educational dedicated to this years' theme"  "A Day in the Life of an Autoimmune Arthritis Patient" .  This specialty booth, sponsored by the International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis, hosts of WAAD14, is designed entirely by patients.  This classroom style booth will aim to teach non-patients about the challenges patients face, such as "invisibility", cutting food, battling fatigue, and constant time management to ensure energy levels are maintained by conducting Challenges! and also adding patient tips for self-management.  Supporters, are you up for the Challenge?  Register now and show your support!

Other feature booths include Ask the Patient (shown below) & the Blogger Meet & Greet.

*All chatting is done via text/typing, not through video.



You have options for attending WAAD14:

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Pre-Register for WAAD14 and get a WAAD pin for 40% off!

All pre-registered attendees will receive a complimentary limited edition WAAD14 shoulder bag (while supplies last)


Thank you to our sponsors for helping to make WAAD14 a possibility:

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