PDA Day is on 15th May and this year our focus is on research.

More research is key because 70% of people say lack of understanding about PDA is a barrier to getting help, and research will lead to better understanding, improved practice and better outcomes for PDA individuals and their families.

Promoting high quality research, informed by what matters most to the PDA community, is one of our 5 year goals and we have lots of exciting plans to make this happen. This will include launching a consultation survey on PDA Day asking the PDA community to tell us their top unanswered questions about PDA (which will inform a national call to action for more PDA research) and a research conference in 2023.

You can help on PDA Day by:

  • Completing our consultation survey to help establish the top unanswered questions about PDA
  • Joining our “Stepping up for PDA” campaign (where we’re aiming to complete 1.5 million steps together as a community in May), or raising funds in other ways, to help us hit our £5k research target
  • Raising awareness by hosting events and/or sharing information online with the hashtag #PDAday

To participate in the research survey, you can:

To join in with our ‘Stepping up for PDA’ fundraising activities, please email info@pdasociety.org.uk and we’ll send more information. If you’d like to donate, please visit www.gofundme.com/f/stepping-up-for-pda.

Our PDA Day pack has lots of ideas and resources for hosting awareness events and fundraising activities. Below is a list of plans people have already shared with us – please let us know if you make any PDA Day plans so we can share them as well 😊

As usual, we’d love to see your colourful ‘pandalas’ and PDA Panda ears photos, either on social media with the hashtag #PDAday or via email (if you’re happy for us to share with others). We’ve created this PDA Day profile picture for everyone who’d like to show their support to use on social media (our usual Facebook frame is unfortunately no longer available as Facebook has recently changed who can upload frames).