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ADHD from Pre-school to College and Beyond
If Your Child Has ADHD You Could Qualify for a Tax Credit Dr. Kenny Handelman, a psychiatrist and ADHD expert, wrote an article about the federal disability tax credit for the Huffington Post. Read it HERE.
CBC RADIO: Diagnosing ADHD - Are we getting it right?
This morning our Executive Director, Heidi Bernhardt, was interviewed for CBC Radio's The Current, talking about ADHD. The program took a look at the jump in rates of ADHD diagnoses over the last ten years.You can currently listen to the program online HERE. Please have a listen.
This is a full day presentation for families dealing with ADHD, featuring expert presenters Dr. Joan Flood, Donna Cook, and Heidi Bernhardt.
For more information and to pre-register check out CADDAC Events.
New Bilingual ADHD Q&A Videos Now Available on CADDAC Website
We now have a series of more than 100 short video clips on questions regarding child, adolescent and adult ADHD available on the CADDAC website. Follow these links to view the content in English or French.
CADDAC's Co-morbidity Adult Survey 2013
We'd like to draw your attention to a Co-morbidity Adult Survey we've created to gather information from adults diagnosed with ADHD as to what kinds of co-existing disorders they have been diagnosed with, and their experiences with this.
This is a short online survey. All respondents will remain anonymous, and the information gathered is strictly confidential. To begin the survey just use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QMQJYK3
Also, please forward this survey to anyone you know that has personal experience with Adult ADHD, or might know someone who does. The more respondents we get, the better our information will be.
The deadline for this survey will be April 30th, so the sooner your respond or forward this info, the better.
The information gathered will be invaluable to us, as we will allow us to expand on the information we gathered through our 2011 Adult ADHD survey. All of this data will allow us to create a media release in order to raise awareness about Adult ADHD, as well as of the lack of resources for it and the hardships this causes. This information will also assist with our advocacy efforts within various ministries in the government. A power-point presentation of this data will be created, which will be free for the public to access on our website.
New ADHD Scholarship Program for Post-Secondary: DEADLINE March 27, 2013
Shire Canada Inc. is launching a new, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Scholarship Program tailored for Canadian adults diagnosed with ADHD who are pursuing post-secondary education. The Program will award recipients with a unique scholarship that combines financial support for tuition ($1,500) as well as one year’s worth of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation (approximate value: $4,400). The Scholarship’s ADHD coaching component is specifically designed to address the challenges that students with ADHD may face during the transition to higher education.
This scholarship is open to legal residents of Alberta, Ontario, or Québec who are:
• accepted to or enrolled in a post-secondary program at a Canadian accredited two-year or four-year college, university, trade, technical school, or vocational school located in Alberta, Ontario, or Québec;
• of the age of majority in their province of residence; and
• diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD.
Check out their flyer HERE. Or visit the Shire Scholarship WEBSITE.
ADHD Awareness Week: October 14-21, 2012
We had a successful Canadian ADHD Awareness Week, an interactive national event that was celebrated coast to coast from October 14 to 21 to provide a voice to those impacted by ADHD.This year’s theme was “Learn. Understand. Inspire.” ADHD Awareness Week is shining the light on ADHD to inspire understanding and eliminate stereotypes and stigma.FACEBOOK www.facebook.ca/ADHDWeek
YOUTUBE VIDEO www.youtube.com/ADHDvid.
Watch “ADHD: Real People / Real Life” which addressed the continuing misinformation and stigma surrounding ADHD.
ADHD Awareness Week Media Release ADHD InformationADHD Facts and Myths A free poster to help initiate conversations and eliminate myths
Follow these links to personal ADHD stories of Parents with Children with ADHD
or personal ADHD stories of Adults with ADHD.
We strongly encourage you write a letter to your local newspaper stating why ADHD Awareness is important. Here are some tips on how to write an "op-ed" (opinion editorial piece) to your local paper.
ADHD AWARENESS WEEK IN THE MEDIA
- Huffington Post with Dr. Kenny Handelman
- Podcast with Dr. Kenny Handelman, Heidi Bernhardt, Dr. Ruth Hughes, and Linda Roggli
- Dr. Anne Richards Op-Ed Letter
CADDAC's 4th Annual ADHD Conference
Check out the Events page for all information on our conference Thurs, Oct 11 - Sun, Oct 14, 2012
Speaker presentations can be accessed here
CADDAC's Response to Toronto Star Articles Sept 26 & 27, 2012
To access CADDAC's official response, click here
To view a recent interview with CHCH news and Heidi Bernhardt and Dr. Kenny Handelman
Heidi's interview with Shine, Yahoo.com Canada
Dr. Anne Richards Op-Ed Letter
Media Release: Results of National Parents Survey
CADDAC conducted its first-ever Canadian survey on ADHD between June and December of 2011. The online survey had 735 respondents and asked parents and caregivers about their experiences with ADHD, the educational system, assessment, diagnosis and treatment. To view complete survey results follow this link. Survey results are not scientific. Voluntary responses were provided 735 online survey participants. All provinces were represented in the Canada-wide survey. Not all participants answered all questions.
*To view CADDAC's Media Release.
*To view an interview with Dr. Kenny Handelman commenting on this media release and parent stress.
*To view an interview with CHCH News and Heidi Bernhardt
*To view segmented interviews with Channel 12 News and Heidi Bernhardt:Sept 20th: Who is CADDAC & What is ADHD
Sept 21st: ADHD Explained & how it is treated
Sept 24th: The Results & Impacts of CADDAC's National Online Parent Survey
*To view an interview with the Toronto Star and Heidi Bernhardt
Co-Pay Assist Cards /Generic Medications
You may have noticed that in the recent past CADDAC has expressed concerns regarding the generic substitution of ADHD medications that may not offer identical coverage. Not all patients will experience difficulties when started on, or switched to, a generic medication, however some do.
There are two brand name medications, Concerta and Strattera that are now being substituted with generic medications.
If you are experiencing reduced effectiveness of symptom control or a decrease in the length of time the medication is effective, or increased side effects when taking the generic product see you physician immediately.
Please note: You may not be aware that you have been switched to the generic form of the medication because pharmacist are not mandated to inform you or your doctor. You should check the label before leaving the pharmacy. Your physicians may choose to write “No Substitution” on the prescription; however this is only effective in some provinces.
Some provincial drug plans as well as private benefit plans have moved, or will be moving, towards generic substitution whenever possible, so you may be switched at any time without your knowledge. If you are receiving your medication through your company’s benefit plan and experiencing difficulties on the generic product, you are advised to inform your employer. In some cases you may be allowed to receive the brand name product, or the benefit provider company may decide to switch back to full coverage if several complaints are received.
The pharmaceutical companies that produce Concerta and Strattera have developed co-pay assist cards which will cover the difference in cost between the generic and brand name product.
The CONCERTA® Patient Benefit Card
Available from your physician
* CONCERTA Patient Benefit Program is ONLY available in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.
The Strattera Choice RxHelp(tm) Card Lilly Patient Choice RxHelp(tm) Cards can be obtained by:
* Calling RxHelp at 1-866-794-3574
* Ordering through www.strattera.ca
* Or, ordering through www.RxHelp.ca
The programs are easy to use and available at most pharmacies. If the pharmacy that you are currently using refuses to except the card you may wish to go to another pharmacy, as this is the individual choice of the store owner. Some large chains are not in favour of the use of co-pay assist cards.
College and University ADHD Awareness Campaign 2012 Information
The College and University ADHD Awareness Campaign is an initiative designed to build awareness of ADHD at the post-secondary level. We have developed a list of tips for college/university success, online resource information for the ADHD post-secondary student and a list of ten questions that could be symptoms of ADHD. For more information about ADHD in adulthood, please visit the Adult ADHD drop-down menu at the top of the page.
La campagne de sensibilisation universitaire du TDAH est une initiative visant à accroître la sensibilisation du TDAH au niveau postsecondaire. Nous avons développé une liste de conseils pour aider les étudiants à avoir du succès à l’université ainsi qu’une série de renseignements sur les ressources en ligne pour l’étudiant du niveau postsecondaire aux prises avec le TDAH. Nous avons aussi mis sur pied une liste de dix signes annonciateurs du TDAH à surveiller.
New Ontario Ministry of Education Memorandum
A new Ministry memorandum to school boards states that students with ADHD who have learning-based needs should be identified as exceptional students, and can be recognized under a variety of categories.
The memorandum goes several steps further and states that children can be categorized in the Communication (learning disability) category regardless of whether criteria for a learning disability are met. The memorandum outlines areas in which students with ADHD may demonstrate learning needs, but clarifies that needs are not limited to this list.
CADDAC congratulates the Ministry for this first step in correcting a long-standing inequity of access to special education services for students with ADHD and other neurobiological disorders.
To view the Memorandum, please click on the following link:
Ontario Ministry of Education Memorandum
To view the following information, please click on the links below:
CADDAC January 10th, 2012 press release
Toronto STAR article
Toronto SUN article
Letter from the National Director of CADDAC Regarding the Ontario Ministry of Education Memorandum. We need your experiences!
This site last up-dated May 16, 2013