We empower and connect those touched by ectodermal dysplasias through education, support and research.
Our library has all sorts of information on treating and living with ectodermal dysplasias, from cosmetics and keeping cool to the search for a cure.
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What are ectodermal dysplasias?
The ectodermal dysplasias are inherited disorders that involve defects in the hair, nails, sweat glands and teeth. When a person has at least two types of abnormal ectodermal features—for example, malformed teeth and extremely sparse hair—the individual is identified as being affected by ectodermal dysplasia.Learn More
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Connecting with someone who knows exactly what you're going through can be a huge relief.
for you and your family through our Family Liaisons and private Facebook groups.
Insurance Help for Ectodermal Dysplasias
Dealing with insurance companies that don't understand ectodermal dysplasias can get frustrating and expensive, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't submit and appeal your claims. Our toolkit and advisors can help you through the process. We've seen plenty of families succeed!
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Stories of Hope
When Mason Langefeld still had not developed any teeth by his one-year-old check-up, his mom, Renee, decided to call a local dentist. He asked her a few questions that finally pointed them toward answers and a resource to help them care for their son. Read how they successfully fought their insurance company to pay for their son’s dentures.Read the Full Story
NFED Founder Mary K. Richter remembers Lee Goggin, who passed unexpectedly following a tragic accident, as a man among men. In him, parents in the ectodermal dysplasias community saw a bright future for their own children which they now knew could include a beautiful wife and gorgeous, precious children.Read the Full Story
In all her years as a PICU nurse, Amy Leverenz had never heard of ectodermal dysplasia until the day her daughter was diagnosed with the rare condition. She found the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, educated her self and is now educating physicians and legislators. She’s on a mission to impact the lives of other families like hers for the better.Read the Full Story
A Canadian mother trusted her instincts and had her son genetically tested when he didn’t develop all of his teeth. Their journey led to a diagnosis of odontoonychodermal dysplasia, a rare type of ectodermal dysplasia. It also explained symptoms for other family members. Read what Jamie Critchell is determined she must do now.Read the Full Story
FEBRUARY IS ECTODERMAL DYSPLASIAS AWARENESS MONTH
Advocate for Super Smiles! We invite you to take action in February to raise awareness about ectodermal dysplasias, the extraordinary dental care costs our families face and our fight for a law to get insurance to provide benefits.Learn What You Can Do to Raise Awareness