Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is the largest independent nonprofit in the U.S. dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure, eliminating asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, and protecting asbestos victims' civil rights through education, advocacy and community initiatives.[1] (ADAO) was founded by Linda Reinstein and Doug Larkin in 2004 and is headquartered in Redondo Beach, California. It is led by three boards (Board of Directors, Science Advisory Board, and Prevention Advisory Board), as well as a nationwide State Leadership Team made up of asbestos victims and advocates. Linda Reinstein, ADAO President and Co-Founder, has been invited to and presented at legislative hearings and medical symposiums in more than 20 countries including being invited to testify before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.[2]

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In addition to the conference, ADAO annually hosts the "Global Asbestos Awareness Week" from April 1–7. Since 2005, the U.S. Senate has unanimously passed National Asbestos Awareness Resolutions.

Embracing traditional and new media, ADAO's strategic storytelling has served as model for non-state actor communications.

ADAO has produced PSAs to increase awareness, prevent exposure, and shape policy. The USA is the only western industrialized nation not to ban asbestos.[3][4]

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  1. ^ ADAO Guidestar reference page, linked on May 7, 2015
  2. ^ An Examination of the Health Effects of Asbestos and Methods of Mitigating Such Impacts, June 8, 2007, Committee Agenda
  3. ^ "Asbestos bans around the world". Asbestos Nation. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Why asbestos is still used around the world". Chemistry World. The Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 13 November 2017.

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