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President's Message 

We are ecstatic to kick off April with significant progress in our policy efforts. 

ADAO is excited to launch the new  "kNØw Asbestos"  website centralizing government information regarding asbestos health risks, prevention, abatement, and more. Special thanks to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency and ADAO's "Partners for Prevention" Committee for their recommendations and reviews.

Just days ago, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the 14th Asbestos Awareness Resolution! The resolution, led by Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and bipartisan colleagues, designates April 1-7, 2018 as National Asbestos Awareness Week. We extend our deepest gratitude to these Congressional champions for their action to protect public health and the environment.

This nationally designated week will go global yet again for the 14th Annual Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW). Thanks to our friends at McOnie, GAAW materials will be available in six languages to ensure our advocacy hits a broad international audience. The more you share, the farther our education and stories reach - find out simple ways to get involved and be part of the solution!

The 14th Annual Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference is right around the corner! The weekend-long event launches on April 13 in Washington, DC, so make sure you've checked all the boxes on your conference prep checklist! In addition to the exclusive academic conference programming led by esteemed global experts, we're proud to present our Meet the Artists Signature Cocktail Reception and Awards Dinner on Saturday night. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with several talented artists using their platforms to spread asbestos awareness.

We have continued to double down on our advocacy in Washington. Toward the end of the month, in collaboration with dedicated stakeholders from the labor and public health communities, we had a productive meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency to keep them held accountable and properly focused on protecting the health from deadly environmental hazards .

Lastly, a huge thank you to the village of individuals who have worked tirelessly to coordinate our international conference and week-long global asbestos awareness campaign. Our efforts and impact would not be possible without the generous contributions and commitment of our dedicated volunteers and kind sponsors. So on behalf of all of us at ADAO - THANK YOU times infinity! Together, change is possible.

In unity,

Linda Reinstein
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14th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference April 13-15, 2018

This year's academic conference features 30 doctors, scientists, experts and victims from nine countries; and is the only annual asbestos conference dedicated solely to preventing exposure and eliminating asbestos-caused diseases. Join us for an exciting weekend line up of exceptional expert speakers, art installations, and even a new award. 

You've probably noticed by now that our 14th Annual Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference is decked out with more bells, whistles, and fun activities than ever before. While we are so proud to share these treats, such as our beautiful new conference website and our group Potomac Dinner Cruise, our incredible conference sponsors truly deserve the credit for these improvements. Please join me in thanking Simmons Hanly Conroy and  Motley Rice for making our annual conference possible! We truly couldn't do it without their them.

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April 1 - 7: Global Asbestos Awareness Week 

April 4, 2018:  Healthy Schools Day

April 7, 2018: World Health Day

April 2 - 8:  American Public Health Association ( APHA) National Public Health Week 

April 9, 2018: IOSH No Time to Lose Campaign Launch

April 13 - 15: ADAO 14th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference (AAPC)

April 13: ADAO AAPC Newseum Tour and Casual Dinner 

April 14: ADAO AAPC Academic Conference 

April 14: ADAO AAPC  "Meet the Artists"  Reception & Awards Dinner

April 15: ADAO AAPC Unity and Remembrance Brunch

April 28: International Workers Memorial Day 

April 29 - May 4, 2018: 32nd International Congress on Occupational Health in Dublin, Ireland

May 2018: National Nurses Week 

May 2018: National Women's Health Week

May 2018: National Cancer Research Month

May 2 - 5: International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig 2018) in Ottawa, Canada

May 20, 2018: International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD)

May 21 - 23, 2018: American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) in Philadelphia, PA
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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO is an independent global organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy, and community. For more information, visit