What’s In a Name? The Disorganized are Now Challenged

Drumroll please...at its annual conference’s opening session on September 23, the National Study Group for the Chronically Disorganized (NSGCD) announced its new name, the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), a better reflection of their organization’s mission: to be the premier resource for education, research, and strategies for overcoming challenging disorganization. Beginning January 1, 2011, the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization will become the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. The new web address will be www.challengingdisorganization.org. If you try it now though, you’ll still be on the NSGCD website. A new logo is in development and the website will be changed to reflect the new name after the first of the year. There will be a period of transition during which both names will be used to minimize confusion.

In 2009, the NSGCD Board of Directors voted to change the organization’s name in order to reflect the fact that the organization was no longer national and its work extended beyond the mere study of chronic disorganization. It also recognized how cumbersome the length of the name National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization is and the difficulty in pronouncing the acronym. “The term ‘challenging disorganization’ is more inclusive and positive and less clinical-sounding than ‘chronic disorganization’,” says Trezise. “People are challenged by their lack of organization for many reasons. Our new name lets people know that we have strategies to help them overcome their disorganization, regardless of whether they have been disorganized all their lives or if disorganization has more recently became a problem for them.”

The new name will give ICD more opportunities to build strategic alliances with other professionals whose clients’ lives are challenged by disorganization and they look forward to collaborating on research on challenging disorganization.