Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Redondo Beach, California. Founded by Linda Reinstein and Doug Larkin on April 1, 2004, ADAO is the largest independent asbestos victims’ organization in the U.S. Since 2004, ADAO has been dedicated to preventing consumer, environmental, and occupational asbestos-caused diseases through national and international education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO has also worked to have products that contain asbestos properly regulated, including children's toys that have included asbestos without warnings in recent years (e.g. a "CSI" fingerprint toy kit containing asbestos powder).
ADAO and Ms. Reinstein are regularly invited to give presentations at international scientific and medical symposia. Invited appearances on behalf of ADAO include testimony before the U.S. Senate in January, 2012, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in 2007, a presentation at the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation ("MARF")  in Washington, D.C., U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration hearings in 2010  and an appearance at TEDx in Manhattan Beach, California. On behalf of ADAO, Linda Reinstein has presented in India, Japan, France, Great Britain, Brazil, Turkey, Australia, and a number of other countries to protect public health.
ADAO was founded in 2004 to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice, to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, and to work towards a global asbestos ban. ADAO is dedicated to preventing asbestos-caused diseases through national and international education, advocacy, and community initiatives.
ADAO’s goals include the following:
- Education. Educate the public and medical community about asbestos-related diseases and preventing asbestos exposure. Support research that leads to early detection, prevention and a cure.
- Advocacy. Collaborate with organizations around the world for a global asbestos ban. Raise awareness that asbestos is still legal and lethal in the U.S.
- Community. Unite asbestos victims to Share Their Stories, learn about treatment options, and support each other.
ADAO has stated repeatedly and publicly that it will not be influenced by outside sources such as drug companies, law firms or companies that manufacture or use asbestos. ADAO does not make legal referrals.
Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conferences
Since 2005, ADAO has hosted its Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference. The annual event is an international medical conference where medical researchers, international NGO participants, and victims of asbestos diseases can meet, interact, and learn the latest in medical, scientific, and regulatory developments.
Other events and programs
ADAO annually hosts "Asbestos Awareness Week" from April 1–7. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, this week was honored by the U.S. [Senate] with an official proclamation of this week through a Senate Resolution.
In 2011, ADAO created a Public Service Announcement that is now posted on YouTube to promote knowledge of the fact that asbestos is not banned in many countries world-wide, despite common perceptions otherwise.
- http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/ ADAO's official website
- http://www.ewg.org/release/major-us-retailers-pull-asbestos-tainted-toy-shelves CSI Fingerprint found by ADAO to contain asbestos, and pulled from market
- January 19, 2012 Senate Briefing
- 2007 U.S. Senate Environ. and Public Works Committee testimony
- symposia on June 23-25, 2011
- http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/20100304-oshalistens/ OSHA Listens Conference videos
- U.S. Senate Proclaims The First Week of April as Asbestos Awareness Week
- Ban Asbestos Website
- ADAO to present testimony before the U.S. Senate Panel Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing entitled "An Examination of the Health Effects of Asbestos and Methods of Mitigating Such Impacts", June 12, 2007
- Global List of Asbestos Victims Organizations
- Ban Asbestos India reports on ADAO support of National Asbestos Awareness Week
- ADAO announces support for U.S. Surgeon General's 2009 Warning about Asbestos Dangers
- ADAO announces winners of the 2007 "Tribute for Hope" awards