Kate Kelly, one of the greats of ADHD coaching, died on the evening of September 13th, 2012.

If you don’t think you’ve heard of her, think again.

Long time friend of Kate’s and a founding board member of the ACO, Glen Hogard said if you trace the roots of adult ADHD awareness, you will find the first book ever written focusing on adult ADHD was You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! co-authored with Peggy Ramundo. It was published in 1993, a full year before Ned Hallowell and John Ratey’s Driven to Distraction.

Many people don’t realize how early Kate and Peggy’s pioneering work was, and how influential it was then and remains today. All you have to do is mention You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?!, and heads nod in recognition. The title alone has become an iconic phrase for describing ADHD.

Kate was a nurse, a spiritual mentor, a pioneering ADHD coach, a trainer of coaches, and an author of consequence. Everyone who has ever met her will never forget her.

The world of ADHD Coaching has lost one of its greatest.

Our colleague at TotallyADD.com have put together a lovely tribute to Kate, which you can find here. We encourage you to take the time to watch it. It will give you a good sense of Kate’s compassion and strength.

Rest in Peace, Kate.