By Lisa Boester, ADHD Awareness Committee Chair
What is ADHD Awareness?
In 2004, Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Richard Durbin, with the help of ADDA and other organizations, co-sponsored senate resolution 370 recognizing ADHD as a major public health concern and declaring September 7, 2004 National Attention Deficit Disorder Day.
The passage of this resolution was a huge victory for the ADHD community. It gave federal recognition and national exposure to the knowledge that ADHD is real, it is treatable, and there are resources available. This recognition was renewed by the US congress each year in September, and in the years following 2004, ADHD groups and organizations eagerly waited for Congress to make its last minute declaration.
After 2009, however, the congressional rules changed, making it much harder to pass such resolutions.
In 2010, the ACO helped form a coalition between ADDA, ACO, CHADD, and ADDitude Magazine. Knowing that the congress was not likely to pass this resolution again, the coalition took the initiative of declaring ADHD Awareness Week and carrying on the legacy of the original 2004 resolution.
That same year a small group of ACO member coaches joined together to form a committee in service of further entrenching ADHD Awareness into the fiber of our community, and beyond.
In 2012, the event evolved both nationally and internationally into ADHD Awareness Month. At the ACO, more member coaches joined the effort, and the committee became a truly international team of dedicated professionals. The sole mission of this committee is to increase ADHD awareness around the globe through the efforts of ACO member coaches.
How can you get involved?
It’s easy. There is a Power Point entitled “The Many Faces of ADHD” complete with presenter notes created exclusively for you, as a member of the ACO. You may use it to present to groups or individual throughout the year. You are encouraged to use it during the month of October, which is ADHD Awareness Month. The committee has done the research, provided the documentation and taken care of the details for you. In addition, the committee is making itself available to you three times during the month of September to answer questions, assist you, guide you and support you in developing your own event for ADHD Awareness Month.
Are you ready to get started?
Here are the 3 simple steps:
2) Then, mark your calendar with one or more of the three webinar dates to get personal support on giving “The Many Faces of ADHD” Power Point presentation.
Monday, September 8th, 10:00 AM ET
Tuesday, September 9th, 7:00 PM ET
Friday, September 19th, 10:00 AM ET
Call in Number:
Conference Dial-in Number: 605-475-4000
Participant Access Code: 793012#
3) Finally, using the tools you’ve been given in the webinar, schedule a presentation in your own community and submit your event to the ADHD Awareness Month Coalition (of which the ACO is part) to help promote your event.
Every little (and big) effort helps reduce the myths and stigma that still surround ADHD. Please consider doing your part. In the process, you will be both developing your reputation as an ADHD expert and helping your business grow as you expose others to the knowledge that ADHD is real, it is treatable, and there are resources available to help.
Lisa Boester is a full time coach for adults and college students. She works with small business clients, midlife adults desiring career change, those who need help with household management, and couples desiring a better relationship when one or both partners have ADHD. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website at artoflifeindy.com