Chapters have a unique role in the APDA network.
APDA chapters have two primary functions: raising funds for research and increasing awareness. While each chapter operates differently to some extent, in general, chapters meet their goals by focusing on some combination of the following:
- Raising funds for research
- Developing educational symposia and conferences
- Securing media attention
- Publishing newsletters
- Assisting in the development and maintenance of support groups
- Encouraging volunteerism