ADHD Awareness Month October 2021
Often when we think we know something too well, it’s time to step back and take a new perspective on the topic. This ADHD Awareness Month challenges us to look at what we thought we knew and develop a new, and maybe better, understanding of ADHD.
CHADD is joining with the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and ADHD Europe for ADHD Awareness Month. Together, we are “reframing ADHD and discovering new perspectives.”
New Perspectives on ADHD video series
The ADHD coalition takes a new approach with its “New Perspectives” video series. Leading experts in ADHD research, treatment, and coaching give their perspectives and answer common questions about ADHD. The short videos appear on the ADHD Awareness Month website. CHADD will also be resharing these videos on its social media.
Taking part in the video series are Melissa Orlov, Prof. Samuele Cortese, Dulce Torres, Dr. J. Faye Dixon, and Dr. Thomas E. Brown.
“ADHD awareness is growing around the world, but there's still a huge lack of understanding, a lot of misconception about what ADHD is and what it isn't,” says Roxanne Fouché, director of the ADHD Awareness Month Coalition. “When you think about it, when there are people who are not recognized, and are not getting treated for ADHD, it takes this huge toll on their mental health, on their general well-being, on communication and relationships, on unemployment, underemployment, health, estimated life expectancy. The more that we can get the word out of what ADHD is, the more people can be assisted and helped, and it's good for everybody. It's a win-win.”
Providing trusted information
“We have the evidence-based information for ADHD,” says Patricia Hudak, president of CHADD’s board of directors. “It’s reliable, it’s credible. The ADHD professionals involved with CHADD are the best of the best in the world of ADHD. As home to the CDC-funded National Resource Center on ADHD, CHADD has the experts to review the science and provide easy-to-understand descriptions for parents, adults, teachers, and other caregivers. “CHADD’s National Resource Center provides information to the ADHD community through written resources, videos and podcasts. Its health information specialist team answer and return phones calls from community members seeking more information or a place to start when newly diagnosed with ADHD. They can be reached at 1-866-200-8098, Monday through Friday, 1-5 PM ET.
Sponsored by leading organizations
CHADD, ACO, and ADDA represent the more than 17 million Americans affected by ADHD. They are again partnering with ADHD Europe, which advocates for the rights and dignities of people with ADHD throughout the European continent.
“CHADD is committed to continuing to be the resource on which you can rely,” Ms. Hudak says. “Getting reliable answers helps people to make decisions that improve their lives.”
“ADDA is committed to ADHD awareness because we want to live in a world that values inclusion, embraces neurodiversity, and celebrates ADHD,” says Duane Gordon, president of ADDA. “We’re working to make it possible for adults with ADHD to thrive by providing online education and support in a welcoming and safe environment.”
“The goal of ADHD Awareness Month is to raise awareness, provide reliable information, remove the stigma, and highlight the available supports that enable individuals and families to thrive with ADHD,” says Tamara Rosier, PhD, president of ACO. “At ACO, we are dedicated to sharing information about various treatment options for ADHD, supporting the continued professionalism of ADHD coaches, as well as providing to the public the most comprehensive list of professional ADHD coaches anywhere.”
October Events Calendar
Find events for ADHD Awarness Month on CHADD's events calendar.
Be An ADHD Advocate In Your Community
Advocacy begins in your own community. The CHADD Advocacy Manual can help you pursue ADHD issues in your community and raise awareness among local and state leaders.
ADHD Awareness Walk Toolkit
If you are interested in hosting your own event for ADHD Awareness Month, you can use our Walk Toolkit as a guide. While written with an in-person walk in mind, much of its information and helpful steps can be adapted for a virtual walk. Within it you will find information on: How to get started, Creating an event registration page, Promote your event, and much more.
Videos From the ADHD Awareness Month Coalition
Today's Featured video:
ADHD is not a simple disorder. While we need to keep in mind co-occurring conditions, we need to also focus and building on a person’s strengths. Keeping our strengths in mind gives us a foundation for growth beyond the struggles presented by ADHD and co-occurring conditions. Dr. Thomas E. Brown has suggestions.
Watch additional videos from experts in ADHD at ADHD Awareness Month: New Perspectives.
Plan a Virtual ADHD Walk
Your local CHADD affiliate or group of friends may be interested in hosting a walk to support ADHD awareness, or as a fundraiser for CHADD.
The COVID-19 pandemic and health precautions needed to slow the spread of the virus mean that many activities, such as fundraiser walks, have needed to change. If you are interested in hosting a virtual walk for ADHD Awareness, here are a few ideas.
Select a date, week, or weekend for your virtual event. You can have participants keep a log of their walk or fun run.
Decide on your platform. There are websites available to help you plan your virtual walk, including these:
Other possible platforms to use:
You can also use a free website with ready-made templates to create your own informational website. A quick internet search for “free websites” should provide you with options to choose from that meet your needs.
Use your social media. Facebook events, Twitter, and Instagram are social media channels that can bring your participants together online to share information and excitement. Encourage participants to hashtag pictures of videos of themselves and family members walking for ADHD awareness. Ask them to post or send pictures to your social media or event page.
Follow up with your event participants. Celebrate their accomplishments on your social media. Send certificates and ribbons to acknowledge their participation in your event. Maintain an email list and send regular emails about your plans for future events.