Friedreichs Ataxia is a genetic and progressive disorder of the central nervous system which usually manifests itself in children between the ages of 2 and 16 years. However, in some instances the onset for FA and other Genetic Ataxia’s can be much later. Because of the genetic factor more than one person in a family may be affected. Ataxia is a progressive, degenerative, life limiting condition effecting most parts of the body, balance, co-ordination, limbs, (requiring the use of a power wheelchair) speech, vision, swallow, hearing, cardiomyopathy. Information and help in this regard can be obtained by contacting the Ataxia Foundation Ireland.