Dear Parents and Caregivers

I would like to introduce you to CADDAC, the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada, a national not-for-profit organization, taking a leadership role in ADHD Awareness, Education and Advocacy. Let me begin by reassuring you that ADHD is indeed a legitimate neurobiological disorder. It is not caused by bad parenting, nor is it the “fad” diagnosis that some in the media would have you believe. Children with ADHD are not manipulative, lazy or bad – they are children with unique needs who require extra support and understanding.

CADDAC was formed by parents who not only understand this, but have also dealt with the same confusion, worry and frustrations that many of you are experiencing right now. Many of us have spent years educating ourselves about ADHD and looking for the help, and support our children and families need. We personally and professionally understand the lack of resources, services and treatment options available and the continuing misconceptions and stigma that still exist around ADHD. We have made it our mission to increase public and medical awareness, provide education, and advocate for more resources and governmental interest in ADHD.

Over the last ten years, the most efficient way we have found to provide information and support to parents is through our website, www.caddac.ca. This site includes information and support on all aspects of ADHD. The information on the site is up-to-date and backed by scientific research. You will be able to find information on all aspects of ADHD in Canada: ADHD in children, adolescents and adults; ADHD in education systems, the home and workplace; ADHD resources, educational events and advocacy. In addition, you can access past conference educational videos, webinars, and educational packages through the web site, some free and some for a minimal cost, as well as information on educational events.

If you are a parent of a newly diagnosed child or a newly diagnosed adult we encourage you to begin your education on ADHD by accessing our web site’s “Getting Started” packages on child and adolescent ADHD.

There are many pages of information accessible through the web site, but you may also wish to consider becoming a CADDAC Supporter/Member to access even more material. Membership will allow you access to a multi document information package, a monthly newsletter, e-mail alerts, webinars, and discounts on educational events.

More importantly as a CADDAC supporter you will help us help those with ADHD. You will be supporting our awareness, education and advocacy efforts across Canada. At this time, CADDAC has chosen not to apply for government funding or to become a charity. We have decided to remain as a national not-for-profit. We believe that awareness and advocacy for ADHD is still too new and urgent to allow for any potential issues this may cause. But, we can’t do it without your help!

Sincerely,

Heidi Bernhardt
President and Executive Director, CADDAC