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There's Still Time to Get Involved!
Canadians are being asked to
SHARE the MESSAGE!
Please visit our ADHD AWARENESS WEEK WEBSITE at
- ARE YOU WONDERING HOW YOU CAN HELP?
- ARE YOU WONDERING WHAT TO WRITE IN YOUR LETTERS
- ARE YOU WONDERING HOW TO GET INVOLVED?
find the link that says BECOME INVOLVED!
Starting in October, ADHD organizations and individuals across Canada are encouraging everyone to support ADHD Awareness Week and toss the myths, stereotypes, and widespread misinformation to the side!
Please access the new ADHD Awareness Week Website for:
In addition, in order for awareness and advocacy of ADHD to be effective the voices of those impacted by the disorder need to be heard. Myths and misinformation have been prominent in the media and in the community at large for too many years, despite abundant medical information backed by research. When their constituents remain silent on the issues surrounding ADHD, politicians and decision makers see no need to consider the impact of ADHD; when they are informed about existing needs they become interested because they think their constituents are uninterested.
CADDAC and all other Canadian ADHD organizations need your help in building ADHD awareness!
Get Involved and let people know that ADHD matters to You!
Adult ADHD and ADHD and Coexisting Surveys
In March of 2013 The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) conducted a survey of adults with ADHD and coexisting disorders which was a follow-up of a national survey on adult ADHD. These surveys were conducted to provide a better understanding of the unique challenges faced by adults with ADHD.
To view Media Release.
To listen to or download Audio Files of Interview with Adult ADHD and potential adult to interview.
To access pdf slide presentations on the results of the surveys please click Adult Survey Results or Comorbidity Survey Results.
TVO ADHD Interview Video - ADHD: A Changing Diagnosis
Check out this great interview on The Agenda with Steve Paikin HERE.
CADDAC Parent / Guardian Survey
If you are a parent or guardian of someone with ADHD please help CADDAC by taking this survey and forward this link to any parents or guardians of children with ADHD that you know. The survey is brief and will only take a minute to complete. The information gathered will be used to assist us with providing input to governments in support of publicly funded access to a new medication for ADHD. You can access the survey HERE.
Thanks very much.
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.
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 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.
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 updated December 3, 2013