Our Mission

The mission of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation is to advance the awareness and treatment of Angelman syndrome through education and information, research, and support for individuals with Angelman syndrome, their families and other concerned parties. We exist to give all of them a reason to smile, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.

Four-Star Charity

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The Angelman Syndrome Foundation has received a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.  Four-star is Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating and indicates that the ASF adheres to sector best practices, executes its mission in a financially efficient way and exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in our area of work.  See the Transparency section for financial reports.

Our History

We are pleased to report that our organization is in the best financial condition in its history; has marshaled the assistance of a diverse group of world-class researchers; is funding cutting-edge research; and is committed to addressing the needs of its constituents.

During the two decades of our existence, the ASF has evolved and grown from a small group of concerned parents to a well-funded, well-run research-and-support organization capable of advancing the science and understanding of AS and improving the lives of people with this disorder.

Just as important, we have a clear indication of what is important to our community—a roadmap that we are committed to following.



The foundation sponsors AS research through grants to researchers who pursue promising avenues of discovery. Since 1996, the ASF has been funding research grants. See ASF Funded Research for more information.


Education & Information

ASF is a national 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping families, care providers and medical professionals arm themselves with as much helpful information about Angelman syndrome as possible. The ASF sponsors a biennial conference which gives you the opportunity to hear the latest research results, therapeutic techniques, educational strategies, long-term planning and financial-planning information. The conference also offers many networking opportunities to talk to families that are dealing with the same issues you might be having while caring for an individual with Angelman syndrome.