IAAC grew out of an Ottawa voluntary group called the Infertility Self Support Group (ISSG), which began in 1983. Today, IAAC is a national organization, providing educational material, support and assistance to individuals and couples who are experiencing the anguish of infertility, the reproductive health disease that affects over half a million Canadian men and women.
IAAC exists today to meet needs that may go unaddressed in the course of medical treatment, to reach out to those who may not be aware of the treatment options available, and to raise public awareness of infertility and the difficulty for some to access treatment. At IAAC, we reach out to provide help on many levels. Front line assistance is a key part of IAAC’s mission, and we work through two main avenues: our help line, for basic information or for a listening ear and our national network of support groups. Another important outreach initiative, Canadian Infertility Awareness Week, was instated in 2007 to raise awareness and hope in the community.