ADHD Awareness Month October 2020
October is ADHD Awareness Month. The leading ADHD support organizations know you have questions and are bringing you evidence-based answers.
“Common Questions, Reliable Answers” is the theme of this year’s ADHD Awareness Month, sponsored by coalition members ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO, Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and CHADD.
The coalition has collected the top questions about ADHD to be answered by internationally respected researchers and ADHD professionals. Starting October 1, the professionals' responses to the questions and associated infographics will be posted on the coalition's ADHD Awareness Month website, Facebook page, and Twitter. New questions and answers from leading experts will be added each week throughout October.
It is estimated that approximately 7.2 percent of children worldwide have ADHD, while about 3.4 percent of adults are estimated to have diagnosed or undiagnosed ADHD. In the United States, approximately 9 percent of children have been diagnosed with ADHD and 4 percent of adults are estimated to have either diagnosed or undiagnosed ADHD. ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental childhood disorders. For about half of the children with ADHD, the condition continues to clearly exhibit symptoms into adulthood, presenting a range of challenges across the lifespan.
“ADHD is a serious public health issue,” said Roxanne Fouché, Director of the ADHD Awareness Month Coalition. “October’s ADHD Awareness Month is a great opportunity to share reliable information about ADHD in children and adults, as well as highlight comprehensive treatment options and available resources to help people live well with ADHD.”
Getting Reliable Answers
The coalition has asked experts from the many fields of ADHD to answer the most common questions about ADHD. These answers will be shared on the ADHD Awareness website and social media.
“Answering these questions helps to improve the public’s understanding about ADHD, and encourages individuals and families to pursue proven treatment options,” said CHADD COO April Gower-Getz. “ADHD is one of the most studied brain-based conditions. Getting reliable answers helps people to make informed decisions that improve their lives.”
“Unaddressed ADHD can have devastating effects on adults with ADHD and their families,” said ADDA President Duane Gordon. “But it doesn't have to be this way.”
ADHD Awareness Month is Sponsored by Leading Organizations
CHADD, ACO, and ADDA represent the more than 17 million Americans affected by ADHD. Also partnering this year is ADHD Europe, which advocates for the rights and dignities of those affected by ADHD throughout the European community.
“We must bring awareness and reliable information about ADHD to the international community,” said CHADD CEO Robert Cattoi. “We envision a world that empowers all people with ADHD, without judgment or stigma. A world where every person with ADHD is encouraged to use their strengths. Where all are free to ask for support and to seek appropriate treatment. At CHADD, we are committed to providing the latest evidence-based information. 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.”
“ADDA is committed to ADHD awareness because we want to live in a world that values inclusion, embraces neurodiversity and celebrates ADHD,” said Mr. Gordon. “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,” said ACO President Tamara Rosier, PhD. “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.
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.
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.
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.