Advocating for Your Child with ADHD in Canadian School Systems
Date: Tuesday Nov 9, to Nov 16, 2021 (2 weeks)
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST
Where: Virtual (ONLINE)
Instructor: Heidi Bernhardt, RN
Advocating for your children’s educational rights may be one of the most frustrating and confusing experiences you will encounter.
This two-part presentation will help you understand your provincial special education system, it’s benefits and drawbacks while offering you tips on how to navigate that system. Parents’ fear of labelling their child, psychoeducational testing and understanding and contributing to an IEP will all be covered. The presentation will also include a review of your child’s rights and a discussion on how to become a more effective advocate.
In addition, we will be reviewing numerous supporting documents CADDAC has developed to assist you with evaluating your child’s school environment and effectively communicating with the school and advocating for your child.
Heidi Bernhardt, RN
Heidi Bernhardt, RN, is a psychiatric nurse by training, mother of three grown sons with ADHD and the founder of the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC), a Canadian charity dedicated to awareness, education, and advocacy for ADHD. Heidi served as the National Director of CADDAC from 2005 to 2012 and then as the Executive Director and President until the end of 2019. Heidi continues to represent CADDAC in advocacy and awareness initiatives in her role as President of the organization.
Heidi also served as the Executive Director of the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA), a national not-for-profit organization of the leading clinicians and researchers in ADHD in Canada for 6 years. Over the past 28 years, Heidi Bernhardt has helped raise awareness and understanding of ADHD among parents, those with ADHD, educators, health care professionals, industry leaders, government officials and the public through presentations, conferences, media interviews, and advocacy work.