Stated simply in their mission statement, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) asserts, “The Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives.
We provide hope, empowerment and connections worldwide by bringing together science and the human experience for both adults with ADHD and professionals who serve them.” What does this mean for you? The ADDA maintains a website that is full of useful information for adults addressing the challenges that ADD/ADHD presents in our adult lives.
This well-respected non-profit organization has built a website to provide information about Attention Deficit Disorder. The home page offers easy navigation to other areas on the website by providing clickable nested links on the left side of the page. Support groups are listed in various states in the United States. There are also international listings. Links to professionals who serve people with ADD/ADHD are available for ADDA members. So are Webinars; these are considered an ADDA Member Benefit. However, you don’t need to be a member to benefit from this site. After you read the articles on the home page, use the buttons on the left side and browse a bit.
Under Awareness and Advocacy, the ADDA discusses what they are doing to affect public policy about Attention Deficit Disorder. They believe that perceptions about ADD/ADHD won’t change in isolation; it takes a group effort to get substantive changes made. One of their main tenets is to help people understand ADD/ADHD to help them manage their symptoms. This group believes that when ADD/ADHD is not diagnosed or treated, that it can have deleterious effects on people’s lives. Conversely, people who do manage symptoms have a better chance of being successful in life. Awareness of ADD/ADHD needs to be raised, so that people who are unaware of their ADD/ADHD can learn about what it takes to manage their symptoms and have a better life. There are diverse resources for bringing ADD/ADHD awareness to the forefront of people’s minds. Advocacy materials are also provided.
The Resources and Support section has both English and Spanish resources. The ADDA provides facts, basic information and articles in this section. A list of helpful websites is made available. Several resources are provided telling how to set up and run a support group.
The College Resources has a list of accommodations that are helpful for college students who have ADD/ADHD. The ADDA provides two scholarship opportunities for students with ADD/ADHD. Information about them is listed in this section.
Under Conferences and Events there are webinars and webcasts. Some of these are open just to members. However, I watched Everyday Challenges: Taking a Closer Look at Adult ADHD.It was open to non-members and well worth watching. This panel presented a strength-based approach to managing ADD/ADHD. Personal stories were shared to show how putting strategies in place helped to improve the lives of the panelists who have ADD/ADHD.
One benefit of doing research for articles is coming across meaningful collections of resources for my readers. The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) has a real sweetheart of a website. It’s my February Website of the Month for the BellaOnline Attention Deficit Disorder site.
Here is a link to the site. Attention Deficit Disorder Association Website