Accessibility Statement

Updated January 27, 2016

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is making every effort to ensure that the information available on our website is accessible to all.

If you use special adaptive equipment to access the Web and encounter problems when using our site, please let us know. Write to and we will provide the information to you in an alternate format. It would be helpful if you could be as specific as possible when describing the information you seek.

If you prefer to call, free printed information is available by calling our toll-free number 877-226-4267 (877-22-NIAMS) or TTY 301-565-2966. You can also order small quantities of publications through our shopping cart at (For bulk orders, please call. Some of our titles are available only online.)

For NIH employees who need assistance with accessibility issues, please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity officer in your Institute.

For NIAMS employees who need assistance with accessibility issues, please contact the Section 508 coordinator for NIAMS, Susan Bettendorf, at

To learn more about the regulations governing the accessibility of federal electronic information products, visit the Section 508 page.

Thank you for visiting the NIAMS website.

Notice to Limited English Proficient Individuals

NIH is renewing its commitment to providing meaningful access to its programs and activities for people with limited English proficiency (LEP). In accordance with Executive Order 13166, "Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency," the information translated on the site and on the NIAMS site is free of charge to the public.

If you need more information about available resources in your language or in another language, please contact us at