My Son Has Only Six Teeth

Sheltered as a child because of ectodermal dysplasia, Beth Orchard is raising her kids differently. This advocate is giving her children the same opportunities as kids who can sweat and eat normally. She’s taking bold steps to make a difference and wants you to join her.

Fighting for Future Generations of My Family

Dylan Steyer is a three-year-old boy who simply wants to have teeth. He’s even asked his mom if he can have hers. Dylan only has 5 teeth due to hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. Learn what his mom, Laura is doing to fight for his right to dental care.

Children Don’t Need Teeth?

Kevin Koser doesn’t think he should have to explain to his son with ectodermal dysplasia that he can’t have teeth because health insurance companies don’t feel teeth are necessary. So, he’s taking action and getting others to join him in advocating for the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act.

ELSA Introduced in Congress

The Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (ELSA) was introduced as a bill in the U.S Senate and House today. This legislation will significantly impact families affected by ectodermal dysplasias and other congenital anomalies. If passed, it will provide health benefits for their complex dental care.

Advocating for ELSA on Capitol Hill

Families from across the U.S. met with members of Congress on July 18 for the 2nd National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. They educated about ectodermal dysplasias and the need for the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (ELSA).

You Have the Chance to Change History

Every day, the NFED staff receives calls, emails and social media messages about the terrible struggles families have getting coverage for their dental care. Insurance coverage issues have plagued our community for decades. Raise your voice with us to take action. We need just one more Representative to cosponsor and introduce a Bill. We have four different opportunities for you to advocate.

Top 10 Reasons Why Kids Should Advocate

At 13, Aidan Abbott is already getting to be a pro when it comes to advocating for ectodermal dysplasias on Capitol Hill. The Wisconsin teen built his confidence by telling lawmakers about the rare condition that affects him and thousands of others: ectodermal dysplasias. He and his family will be joining the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) on July 18 for Ectodermal Dysplasias Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Aidan lists his 10 ten reasons why every kid with ectodermal dysplasias should come advocate with him.

Returning to Capitol Hill

We’re going back! To Capitol Hill for our 2nd Ectodermal Dysplasias Advocacy Day. We invite the ectodermal dysplasias community to join us July 17-18 in Washington D.C. Our goal is to ask Congress to support a bill (to be announced soon) that will provide insurance benefits for dental care of ectodermal dysplasias.