Unique is a source of information and support to families and individuals affected by any rare chromosome or autosomal dominant single gene disorder and to the professionals who work with them. Established in 1984, Unique is a UK-based charity (1110661) but welcomes members worldwide. Membership of Unique is free - the group receives no government funding and is heavily reliant on donations and fundraising to continue its work.
Unique, offers contact with families with an affected member who has the same rare chromosome or gene disorder or, who has similar symptoms or practical concerns, irrespective of specific chromosome or autosomal dominant single gene disorder. It produces a comprehensive range of family-friendly, medically-verified information guides on a variety of rare chromosome and gene disorders. Unique co-ordinates families to assist in research and has private facebook groups for registered members. It publishes a magazine three times a year. Unique hosts occasional study and family conference weekends. Unique has over 24,500 affected members and many relevant professional members worldwide in more than 100 countries.