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How IAES has made a difference

Do you love someone with Autoimmune Encephalitis?

Donate today to express your love and support of them. 

The International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society is the only Family/Patient centered organization for people with a diagnosis of Autoimmune Encephalitis. The services we provide are all inclusive  from getting a diagnosis to recovery and the many challenges experienced in that journey. 

Services provided include assisting with insurance issues or getting insurance coverage, assisting with over turning insurance denials for life saving treatment, (for members in the U.S.A.),  crisis advocacy, directing patients to experts for confirmation of an accurate diagnosis. We connect families with free air travel and discounted stays near several major medical centers.   

Additionally, IAES helps families and patients understand the disease and the treatments involved so they can become strong advocates/self-advocates and have more productive doctor appointments. Receiving an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for best outcomes is the key component.

"When I received a hospital bill for $47,000 that my insurance company refused to pay I turned to International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society for help.


They place a complaint with the Hospital that they were in non-compliance with Federal statutes requiring that Nonprofit Hospitals not profit. As weeks passed, IAES went up the ladder and filed a complaint with the State of California Health and Human Services for noncompliance with Federal statutes. 

Next, IAES notified the Chief Financial Officer of the hospital that an IRS complaint would be filed requesting nonprofit status be revoked and they would be made to pay taxes now as if they were a profitable enterprise.

The very next day, IAES called me to let me know that they had received a phone call from the Chief Financial Officer for the hospital. He was very sorry! The hospital was waiving my entire hospital bill of $47,000!! Without the help I received from IAES, my family would have had to refinance our home. We are forever grateful.”

Kelly McCabe



Katherine Crow

"I was able to get a free flight to an expert physician and a discounted accommodation

during the 5 days it took to undergo intense testing at an AE Center several states away from my home.  I was diagnosis with AE. I had been misdiagnosed before and felt hopeless until I reached out to IAES.”


"The best and most reliable source of up-to-date information about autoimmune encephalitis

And also the only organization genuinely connecting AE-patients around the world. Without IAES it would have been a lot harder for me to understand my disease (Hashimoto’s encephalitis/encephalopathy) and recover back to normal life. Excellent volunteering

Mari E. Kiuru

Katherine Crow

"Now, I go to doctors and get my medications at no cost. I have a wonderful nurse who takes care of everything including rides to appointments if I need it.

 I appreciate everything IAES did to help me get the care I need. I can’t thank you enough!”

Katherine Crow


This organization did the heavy work with letters to HHS, calls, and anything I needed to help save my life. I am truly grateful and in awe that the power of strangers can change a life. Without their oversight I would have still been a number who was not taken as seriously. This has been a GIANT win. Love You IAES!”  

Jady Davis


IAES recently walked us through an insurance appeal when our daughter's insurance denied her life saving treatment! Within 48 hours

‘I had all I needed in hand to appeal and win! This treatment was vital to our daughter’s care and the IAES has been a huge resource and support in helping us advocate for her. 

Devon Frakes

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Our website is not a substitute for independent professional medical advice. Nothing contained on our website is intended to be used as medical advice. No content is intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health professional's advice. Although THE INTERNATIONAL AUTOIMMUNE ENCEPHALITIS SOCIETY  provides a great deal of information about AUTOIMMUNE ENCEPHALITIS, all content is provided for informational purposes only. The International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society  cannot provide medical advice.

International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2016 by Tabitha Andrews Orth, Gene Desotell and Anji Hogan-Fesler. Tax ID# 81-3752344. Donations raised directly supports research, patients, families and caregivers impacted by autoimmune encephalitis and to educating healthcare communities around the world. Financial statement will be made available upon request.

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