Marching On After Diagnosis

Jonathan Weil tells the story of how his family grew in strength and knowledge after his daughter, Maddie’s, diagnosis with ecodermal dysplasias. They’ve come a long way from feeling helpless.

Fighting for Teeth

ELSA advocates took action at home and on Capitol Hill on July 17 to ask Congress for insurance benefits for their medically necessary dental care.

What Happened at the 2019 Family Conference

Chicago proved to be a sweet home for our 38th Annual Family Conference! We welcomed the third largest gathering of families affected by ectodermal dysplasias in history on July 11-13 with 435 people from seven countries attending. It was an extraordinary event filled with new friendships, aha moments, laughter, hugs, and even tears.

Share Your Story with the Press

Sharing stories with local press is a powerful tool to raise awareness about ectodermal dysplasias and the challenges many face getting the health insurance coverage they need. Christine Gottschalk details how families and individuals can raise awareness for the Ensuing Lasting Smiles Act through the press.

Meet Your Legislators Close to Home

Beth Pond has been advocating for ectodermal dysplasias health benefits for 23 years. She shares what you can do in your home state to create change.

Who Will You Meet on Capitol Hill?

Conducting face-to-face meetings with your two U.S. senators, one U.S. representative, and members of their staff is absolutely critical to gain their support for the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (S.560, H.R.1379)! So who will you actually meet when you travel to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for NFED Advocacy Day? Find out who you might meet, their role, and tips on what to say.