ADHD Awareness Month
National ADHD Awareness Month is designed to educate people, all over the world, about ADHD and the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment. It presents an opportunity for us, as coaches, to raise awareness, understanding, and prompt forward movement in the general population, and in due course promoting ADHD coaching and our businesses.
The ADHD Awareness Coalition has been has been working diligently at designing items and activities for October 2017. The Coalition is comprised of volunteers from the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). The volunteers include: Roxanne Fouche, Donna Hunter and Jill Linkoff (ACO), Robyn Maggio and Aletha Gardner (CHADD) as well as Doug Harris and Ally Martin (ADDA). If you know any of these individuals, please thank them for their hard work and long hours.
This year’s theme is Knowing is Better – ADHD through the Lifespan. This awareness campaign speaks to adults, young adults, and parents by saying:
• It’s better for adults to recognize their ADHD instead of feeling destined to a life of underachievement and frustration.
With increased awareness, more people can get the help they need to live better, more rewarding lives.
• It’s better for young adults to know about their ADHD so they might arrange for appropriate accommodations in school or the workplace.
• It’s better for parents to know that ADHD might be part of the picture so they can seek out the help their children need.
Awareness month is exciting work for ACO, ADHD coaches – and our ADHD friends and family. There are several ways for you to be involved in this.
It’s a Contest!
As part of 2017’s ADHD Awareness Month, the Coalition will be hosting a video contest. They are asking people to share in a one-to-two minute video to share their experience or best tip for living with ADHD or supporting someone who has ADHD, using the theme “Knowing is Better: ADHD through the lifespan”.
There are four submission categories:
Parent – parents/caregivers of a child/children with ADHD under the age of 18,
Child – children under the age of 18 who have ADHD,
Adult – adults 18 or older living with ADHD,
Professional – professionals who provides support to individuals living with ADHD.
Individuals will vote for their favorites on the ADHD Awareness Month website. Prizes awarded in the Children, Parent and Adult categories. Judges’ Pick and Viewers’ Pick for each category will receive prizes worth $600. Three honorable mention $100 gift certificates for each category. Professionals, including employees and Board Members of the Coalition organizations (ACO, ADDA and CHADD) may participate in the video contest, but will not be awarded prizes.
More information about the video contest’s rules, submission guidelines, and timelines will be available at the website.
Stay tuned – and join in
Want to know what is going on? Or how you can get involved with ADHD Awareness Month? Stay informed using these platforms:
Calendar of events: http://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/resources/
On a final note, I want to extend a special thank you to Roxanne Fouche for her indomitable leadership. She has spearheaded much of ACO’s progress in this area in the past two years.