ADHD Awareness Week: Pass it On
September 2004 marked the first National ADHD Awareness Week, as approved by a U.S. Senate Resolution. There has been one every year since and this year is no exception. Next week, between September 12, 2010 and September 18, 2010 there will be numerous activities online, and throughout local communities to raise awareness. According to the U.S. Senate Resolution, lack of understanding of ADHD can cause roadblocks to both the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.
What can you do?
Below are some ideas to help you find ways to raise awareness in your community and to join in some of the events online:
1. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper asking for a feature story on ADHD or call your local television station. A few years back I published a sample letter to give some ideas of what your letter could say. You can check out the sample letter to the editor and use parts of it or all of it to reach out to the editor of your paper.
2. Send out emails to your contacts, including your children's teachers and your contacts to help them better understand ADHD. View a sample email for ADHD Awareness.
3. Visit your local library and bookstores to ask if they could set up a table with books and information on ADHD for the week. You can even volunteer to be at the library to answer questions or refer people to resources in your area for further information.
4. Print out an ADHD Awareness poster and 7 Myths about ADHD to hand out to your friends, at your local schools (send in to teachers), post at grocery stores, doctor's offices and other local bulletin boards.
5. Join the online ADHD Awareness Expo put together by Tara McGillicuddy and Dr. Rory F. Stern for presentations, live chats, Q&A, and demonstrations. Registration is free.
6. Contact your local school's PTA and let them know you are willing to work with them to create an ADHD education program to inform parents and teachers about ADHD, the impact of ADHD in education and what parents and teachers can do to help students with ADHD succeed in the classroom.
7. Join Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) and/or Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), the two largest advocacy groups working to bring awareness of ADHD.
8. Find articles on ADHDCentral.com and post links on Twitter, Facebook or email to your friends and relatives to further understanding.
It is important for people like you, those that are living with ADHD or have ADHD closely related to you, to speak up and help further understanding and awareness. Join in the many activities and if you can't find any, create your own. Even if you manage to make one more person aware of the struggles individuals with ADHD go through every day, you have done your job. Pass it on, send this post to everyone you know that deals with ADHD so they can choose the activities that work in their lives. Together, we can make a difference. Visit ADHDAwareness2010.org for more information.
Join us on September 30 for a chat on coping with symptoms of Adult ADHD with ADHD Coach Rudy Rodriguez, LCSW. Stay tuned for the link to the chat. Come ask questions and learn how you can better manage your symptoms.