THANK YOU for your support of Balance Awareness Week 2020, which took place Sept. 13-19, 2020. Whether you donated, raised funds, or shared information on social media, your actions helped us bring attention to the invisible, debilitating vestibular disorders that affect more than 69 million Americans — that’s nearly 1 in 5 people.
Despite the widespread occurrence of vestibular disorders, the word “vestibular” is not commonly understood. Few know that “vestibular” refers to the inner ear and brain — the complex, mysterious human system that controls our sense of balance.
The theme of this year’s Balance Awareness Week was “Uncovering the Mystery” of vestibular diagnosis. So many people go for so long trying to figure out what is going on with them that they have to become sleuths to advocate for their own healthcare.
Thank you to our Community of Support for advancing the funding, research, and policy-making needed to positively impact the lives of millions of people struggling with the impacts of vestibular impairment.
VeDA hosted its first Virtual Vestibular Conference from Sept. 14-18, 2020, in conjunction with Balance Awareness Week 2020. This online conference brought together vestibular experts with thousands of people from around the world to explore the mystery of the vestibular patient experience.
If you missed the presentations, you can purchase them here.
Inviting friends, family members, co-workers, and other connections to participate in and financially support fundraising challenges will help raise awareness of balance-related disorders. Additionally, healthcare professionals across a range of balanced-related fields are encouraged to promote Balance Awareness Week at their office, hospital, within their community, and online. Other ways to raise awareness include:
Flamingos are masters of balance - something vestibular patients strive for! Celebrate Balance Awareness Week by decorating your home or office with flamingos! Post your photos on social media using the hashtag #FionaFlamingo and email then to VeDA to be entered into the Fiona Flamingo Photo Contest.
A member of VeDA’s international Community of Support, Laura Cala of Perth, Australia, will serve as the 2020 Balance Awareness Week Ambassador.
Laura lives with vestibular migraine, which developed from chronic migraines that began in her early teens. She is an accountant working within the education industry and co-owns two businesses. Her passion for raising awareness and advocating for those who live with migraine disorders inspired her to create her blog, The Dizzy Diaries. Laura also serves as a board member for Migraine Australia Ltd.