New BC Education Ministry Special Education Guidelines Will Recognize ADHD under the Learning Disorder Category
A new Huffington Post article is talking about changes coming to the BC Special Education Guidelines that will allow students with ADHD, who present learning needs, to be identified under the learning disability (LD) category. This may not seem like a huge change, but parents of children with ADHD in BC and CADDAC have long been advocating for this change. In fact, CADDAC has been advocating for this change to occur in Ontario since our inception in 2005. For more information on why this is important and what is aheppning in Ontario please acess out Blog Post
If your child with ADHD is struggling at school and continues to be denied an IEP or recognition as an exceptional student in the Ontario School System and you would like to share your story with us to further advocacy efforts in Ontario, please contact email@example.com
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On Thursday March the 16th at 8pm, CBC’s The Nature of Things will debut a documentary on Adult ADHD. The documentary “ADHD: Not Just for Kids” features adults sharing their storey of a lifelong struggle with ADHD symptoms and how they felt after receiving a diagnosis. ADHD medical experts and researchers discuss many aspects of adult ADHD; that in most cases symptoms are not outgrown, that it continues to go undiagnosed, that it is over-represented in the prison population and still often missed in girls. New research and the impact of ADHD on families and society at large will also be covered.
For more information access CBC Documentary
Interested in adult and adolescent ADHD? Join us for our full day Workshop
. CBC’s “Out in the Open” on Adult ADHD
This past Sunday CBC’s “Out in the Open” with Piya Chattopadhyay featured a great show on hidden disabilities including a segment on adult ADHD. Piya interviewed Russ LeBlanc, CADDAC’s communication/media consultant. Russ feels the most important thing is that people understand it is real and does exist. “I term it as the Rodney Dangerfield of disorders. It gets no respect”, stated Russ.
Join us at our up-coming Adult/Adolescent ADHD Workshop this April the 9th and meet Russ.
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on the interview
To listen to the interview access, CBC’s “Out in the Open”
Study Looking at Brain Scans of Those with ADHD
Results of the largest ADHD brain imaging study of its kind was released in The Lancet Psychiatry. MRIs of 1713 people with ADHD were compared to a control group of 1529 people without ADHD, between the ages of 4 and 63, across 9 countries.For more information access the CADDAC Blog
To access a live interview Here
Intuniv Feedback Survey
CADDAC had been asked to gather feedback from caregivers on their children's experiences with Intuniv. We will be submitting this information to the Ontario Ministy of Health who will be assessing the uses, benefits and any issues with Intuniv in the treatment of ADHD. No identifying information will be kept or submitted.
If your child is on Intuniv to treat their ADHD, as the only medication or as an additional medication, please help us to advocate for better patient care by taking a few minutes to fill out this brief survey.
Please access this link for the survey INTUNIV SURVEYAdolescent & Adult ADHD Workshop Featuring Dr. Umesh Jain April 9th
CADDAC will be presenting a full day workshop geared to adolescents, their parents, adults and their families, and medical professionals. For more details access Workshop Parent Education Program March 18th and 19th
Join us for a two day parent educations program that has been described by parents as being "very valuable", "very educational and inspiring", "life altering and what's even more important, without your help this info would most likely have taken me years to discover".
For detials please access PREP Program
Follow-up from Health Canada regarding Generic Forms of Concerta
This past week, a follow-up letter was received from Marion Law, the Director General of Health Canada’s Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD) addressing discussions during the Oct 31 meeting with Janssen, CADDAC and ADHD medical experts. For a full report on what Health Canada is monitoring, will be reviewing and research that it is waiting for, please access the CADDAC Blog
Recent Meeting with Health Canada Regarding Generic Concerta
On October the 31st CADDAC and CADDRA as well as other stake holders met with Health Canada to present our activities over the past six years and express our continued concerns in regards to the bioequivalency, or more accurately the lack of therapeutic equivalence, of the generic forms of the brand name ADHD medication Concerta.
For a full report access the CADDAC Blog
FDA Announcement on Generic Concerta Products
Since CADDAC continues to receive feedback from our stakeholders about reduced symptom coverage and/or increased side effects they are experiencing with the generic forms of Concerta available in Canada we are keeping you updated on what is occurring south of the border and in Canada on this issue.
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for this informationCBC Radio's "The Current" Interview on ADHD in the Canadian Justice System
The content of CADDAC’s new paper on the impact of ADHD in the Canadian Justice system was recently featured on CBC Radio’s “The Current”. The half hour segment featured three interviews: a young offender diagnosed after several incarcerations, Heidi Bernhardt our Executive Director, and a lawyer who has worked with clients impacted by ADHD. Access this LINK
to listen to the interview or read the transcript. Please spread the word far and wide by sharing the link with everyone you know.Interview with CFAX 1070 - Victoria on ADHD in the Justice System
Access the live interview HEREInterview on CJOB Winnipeg with Geoff Currier
ADHD in the Justice System
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2016 ADHD Awareness Campaign
ADHD in the Canadian Justice System
The Center for ADHD Canada is drawing attention to an issue of importance that has long been ignored by the Canadian justice system. Incident rates of ADHD in the correctional population are 5 times greater than what we see in the community and ten times greater for youth. Yet little has been done to introduce assessment and treatment protocols within justice and correctional systems across Canada. This is occurring even though research and on site experience has shown there are significant benefits to doing so.
CADDAC is launching a new paper, “The Benefits of Recognizing and Treating ADHD in Canadian Justice and Corrections Systems
), and sharing it with Ministries of Justice and Corrections, law/bar associations, and courts with the hope that increased awareness will result in a dialogue on the implementation of screening, assessment and treatment of this disorder throughout the system. Even though this topic may make some in the ADHD community uncomfortable CADDAC feels that it is high time that we shine a light on this issue so better solutions can be found. Research has shown us that the benefits of treatment far outweigh the benefits of punishment for everyone involved.
Early detection and treatment of ADHD would benefit offenders and society, and reduce costs to the justice system by:
* Potentially altering a youth’s trajectory into offending by early intervention
* Reducing substance abuse, criminal behaviour by 32-41%, and recidivism
* Improving disruptive behaviour and aggression in inmates while incarcerated
with the added benefit of reducing additional time on their sentences.
* Improving treatment for coexisting mental health disorders, suicidality and
substance abuse, which commonly co-occur with ADHD and are much more
effectively treated if ADHD is treated first
* Allowing for better access to rehabilitation and education programs when
In summary, the reduction in criminal behaviour, improved behaviour while incarcerated and improved overall rehabilitation of inmates will increase their and their family’s quality of life, reduce costs to the justice system, benefit the communities they return to and Canadian society in general.
Access our Key Messages HERE French
Access our Media Release HERE French
Access our Key Messages PPT with messages for officers, lawyers, courts and correction systems HERE
Participate in the 2016 ADHD Challenge
Help raise ADHD awareness, show off your skills and help raise funds for ADHD Awareness and advocacy work across Canada, all at the same time!
The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) urges every Canadian to participate in a challenge of their choice for the month of October in an effort to raise awareness of ADHD and help raise funds for ADHD awareness and advocacy work across Canada. Whether you are 6, 16 or 60+ we want you to decide on a personal challenge that you want to complete during the month of October, ADHD Awareness Month, and complete the challenge with the support of your sponsors.
Decide on a challenge.
Challenges could include:
* Something physical like, running, biking, swimming or Yoga (e.g. 20 minutes
or aerobic exercise each day)
* Something more cerebral like meditation, or mindfulness (e.g. 10 minutes
twice a day)
* Something educational like reading or, creative like painting or writing ( read
a book each week, chapter every night)
The list is endless
Go to the CADDAC web site and register your challenge
Use our ADHD Awareness tools, fact sheets, info graphics, posters and recording to educate your friends and family about ADHD.
Step 4 (Optional)
Ask your family and friends to log onto the CADDAC web site, and donate a small amount (2, 5, 10, 20 dollars) to sponsor your challenge and help support ADHD awareness and advocacy efforts.
(CADDAC is not a charity, but rather a national not-for-profit, so charitable receipts will not be issued)
Join the online discussion about ADHD and your challenges on our Facebook page.
The most creative ideas will be posted on our Facebook page.
All participants who wish their names to be shared will be officially thanked on the CADDAC web site and all participants will receive a certificate of participation and appreciation.
To register your challenge click HERE
To sponsor a participant click HERE
Event page click HERE
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