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Vol. 8, Issue 5-May 2013

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President's Message
The first time I read the diagnostic criteria for ADHD in the previous edition of the DSM, I was taken back that adults were not included. Then I remembered that when I suggested to my doctor that I might have ADHD, he said “I never heard of it for adults.” Yet, the description of ADHD fit me to a tee, even as an adult. And while my doctor did end up treating me for the disorder, I kept thinking that ADHD needed to be formally acknowledge in adults too. Well, with the DSM-5, that time has come. Read more here.

From The Editor
By now many of you may be aware that Shire has ended its Patient Advocacy Program, which allowed Shire staff to work with a large number of community groups. Shire has a new CEO who did not see the program as valuable. So we need your help. Read more here.

Revitalized Research Committee
The ACO's revitalized Research Committee has a new chair, team, and mission statement. If you're interested in anything to do with writing about evidence-based best practices or conducting actual research into the effects of ADHD coaching on outcomes for people with ADHD, this is the group for you. Read more here.

Upcoming Global ADHD Awareness Month
It’s not too early to start making plans to participate in this year's Global ADHD Awareness Month. ADHD Coaches have an opportunity to educate the public with evidence-based information about ADHD, and Global ADHD Awareness Month is an ideal opportunity for you to be the seen as ADHD expert to your community. Read more here.

Extending a Warm Welcome to New ACO Members
We welcome and recognize the ACO’s newest members. Please take a moment visit their profiles and maybe drop them a line to say hello.Read more here.

2014 Conference Co-Chairs Announced
Katherine Jahnke, ACO Treasurer, and Robin Nordmeyer will be your co-chairs for next year's conference held May 2-4, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ. Read more here.

Membership Dues Update
Over the years, through the diligent efforts of our volunteers, we have been able to increase our member benefits. To continue to grow and uphold the professional quality of these offerings, the ACO is increasing its fees for the first time in its seven year history. Read more here.

ADDA Conference is This Month!
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is holding its 14th International Adult ADHD Conference from July 18-21 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in in Detroit, Michigan. ADDA recognizes the positive impact ADHD coaching can have on adults with ADHD and so would like to offer Circle readers a special membership pricing package - a savings of $100 - when you join ADDA as a professional member and also register for the ADDA Conference. Read more here.

ADHD Community Practice Calls
Join fellow ADHD coaches in professional discussions every month. The ICF ADHD Community of Practice calls are co-sponsored by ICF and the ACO and are open to all ACO members, whether an ICF member or not. Contact Chana Klein, ACO member and ICF ADHD Community Practice Leader, at to get on the mailing list to receive monthly notices regarding dates and topics.

Have You Heard?
In 2012, the ACO grew by an astounding 23%! The ACO wants to know a little about YOU to know more about WHO we represent. Won't you help? The ACO Membership Survey takes about 5 minutes to complete. Plus, you can enter the drawing for a complimentary year of membership. Details are at the end of the survey. NOTE: If the link opens a page that has "Thank you for taking this survey" you have already taken the survey and can disregard this request. .


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Next ACO Conference
May 2-4, 2014
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