At the beginning of the year, the ACO’s ADHD Awareness Team voted to encourage coaches to promote ADHD Awareness, not just during ADHD Awareness Week, but during the entire month of October.* The national ADHD Awareness Coalition is now following on their lead! The Coalition is focusing on a month-long effort to give media, partner organizations, and individuals the time they need to effectively promote ADHD Awareness in October. Read the recent press release below:

* Don’t forget to check out the resources they have put together for you to help you promote awareness in your own area – you’ll need your ACO ID and password to see these member-only benefits.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Washington DC, April 30, 2013. The ADHD Awareness Coalition names October 2013 National ADHD Awareness Month and Focuses National Attention on “The Many Faces of ADHD.”

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), a neurodevelopmental disorder, affects millions of Americans regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Recognized widely by medical organizations as varied as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ADHD causes significant impairment at work, in school, and throughout the daily lives of those in whom it is diagnosed.

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“The Many Faces of ADHD,” the theme for the 2013 ADHD Awareness Month, was chosen to reflect current research on the breadth and scale of this brain-based disorder. “While once thought that mainly boys were affected by ADHD and that they would grow out of it, this is not true. We now know that both boys and girls, as well as men and women, can all live with the effects of ADHD,” said Michele Novotni, Coalition Chair. Ruth Hughes, CEO of CHADD (Children & Adults with ADHD) referred to current research, saying, “ADHD has many faces. It affects people of all ethnic backgrounds and all socioeconomic classes.”

The 2013 ADHD Awareness Month website, adhdawarenessmonth.org, offers resources including authoritative fact sheets, posters, activity suggestions, and much more to empower the educational initiatives of local community groups and national mental health organization partners.

Journalists preparing feature articles or profiles on ADHD may schedule interviews with medical experts in the field as well as individuals, families, and professionals affected by ADHD by contacting Coalition members named below.

About the ADHD Awareness Coalition: The ADHD Awareness Coalition is comprised of leading organizations in the United States devoted to providing information, support, and advocacy for individuals, families, and professionals affected by ADHD.

Contacts:

ADDitude Magazine:
Susan Caughman at susan@additudemag.com
ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO):
Sarah Wright at awareness@www.adhdcoaches.org
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA):
Michele Novotni at michelenovotni@yahoo.com
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD):
Ruth Hughes at ruth_hughes@chadd.org
National Resource Center on AD/HD:
Tim MacGeorge at tim_macgeorge@chadd.org