How a Few Minutes of Your Time Can Help Effect Change!

October 2, 2018 Media Release

A personal ask from Heidi Bernhardt, the President of CADDAC

A personal ask from Patrick McKenna, actor, director and comedian

View Celebrity ADHD videos rolled out during October, ADHD Awareness Month 

Although ADHD is the most common childhood neurodevelopmental disorder in Canada it continues to be misunderstood, stigmatized and denied as a legitimate disability.

If ADHD has touched your life, or the life or someone you love you know that most people really do not understand the true impact of ADHD.

Sadly, this has meant that many individuals and families impacted by ADHD still find it difficult to open up about their challenges and experiences. While CADDAC certainly understands this reluctance, we also recognize how this has significantly hampered ADHD awareness, education and advocacy efforts.

To change this CADDAC is launching “ADHD Speaks”, a long-term awareness campaign encouraging people to speak out about ADHD.

ADHD Speaks is all about increasing understanding and decreasing the existing negative stigma around ADHD

CADDAC is asking people of all ages, and walks of life, those with ADHD, caregivers, educators, medical professionals and anyone whose life or the life of someone you know has been touched by ADHD to help effect change by speaking out about ADHD.

Share your thoughts, experiences or revelations about ADHD by sending us:

  • A brief video clip or audio clip using your smartphone
  • A written story or picture
  • Contact your elected officials to let them know that ADHD matters to you

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CADDAC will then share your messages to build a better understanding of ADHD that can REALLY make a positive difference.

Send your video and audio clips and written stories via our WE TRANSFER LINK

Instructions on how to upload a video via WeTransfer

  1. Click on the link. https://caddac.wetransfer.com/
  2. Enter your email address
  3. Enter CADDAC’s email address – resources@caddac.ca
  4. Click the plus symbol (where it says add your file)
  5. Attach the video from your desktop/mobile device
  6. Hit transfer

If you have any questions or would like to become more involved in ADHD awareness efforts please contact 416-637-8584 or advocacy@caddac.ca.

ADHD Advocacy

We Need You to Become Involved!

“In order for advocacy of ADHD to be effective the voices of those impacted by ADHD need to be heard”, Heidi Bernhardt founder and President of CADDAC

When CADDAC meets with government officials to advocate for needed changes to improve the lives of families with ADHD CADDAC is told that change will only happen through the interest of our elected officials.

When elected officials are informed about CADDAC’s advocacy work they are uninterested. They report that constituents never speak with them about ADHD, while they do hear from families of children and adults with other neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Autism.

Is this true? Are you uninterested in government policies that impact your children, yourself, your family and friends?

Unless educated by their constituents, your elected officials fall prey to the same misinformation and misconceptions as the general public. They view ADHD it as an insignificant issue rather than the most common neurodevelopmental disorder impacting the academic success and mental wellbeing of children today and a condition that can significantly impact adult functioning.

What Can You Do To Help?

Did you know that your elected official is required to meet with you at your request and respond to a letter that is sent to them by their constituent?

Did you know that governments estimate that every letter they receive on a topic represents an additional 50 to 60 people also concerned about that topic who have not written a letter?

If you have an interest in ADHD, CADDAC and other Canadian ADHD support organizations need your help!

Advocacy efforts cannot succeed unless the voices of those like you are heard – we need all those with an interest in ADHD: parents, grandparents, adults with ADHD, extended family members, educators and medical professionals to get involved.

WE NEED YOU TO DO AT LEAST ONE THING TO ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE EFFORT.

  • Meet with your elected officials and/or those who will be running in your riding in any up-coming election.
  • Write a letter to your elected officials and those who will be running in your riding.
  • Attend a town hall meeting and ask questions about ADHD that matter to you.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local or regional paper.

Access Documents that CADDAC has Developed to Assist You in Your Efforts

Canada Wide ADHD Education Campaign

Inequitable Access to Education for Canadian Students with ADHD The lack of recognition of ADHD as a serious impairment to learning has allowed for inconsistency and inequity for students with ADHD across Canada, provinces and school boards when accessing accommodations and education resources for their medical disability.

To better advocate for students with ADHD we need to hear from you!

Share of your Experiences with CADDAC through e-mail advocacy@caddac.ca

Also if you are interested in becoming involved in advocacy efforts nationally or in your province please contact advocacy@caddac.ca

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