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.


  • 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

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

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