October is ADHD Awareness Month
Canadians are being asked to BECOME AWARE, GET INFORMED and SHARE the MESSAGE.
This October, groups and individuals across Canada are encouraging everyone to support ADHD Awareness Week and toss the myths, stereotypes, and widespread misinformation to the side!
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is one of the most common disorders in Canada and it doesn’t discriminate. It impacts people from all walks of life and backgrounds. It affects more than a million Canadian men, women, boys and girls of all ages.
2015 Awareness Campaign
Understanding ADHD as a Disability in the Post-Secondary Environment
Approximately 4% or 150,000 young adult Canadians are impacted by ADHD symptoms often impairing their success in post-secondary education. And although recent success in ADHD awareness and support has allowed more students with ADHD to access post-secondary education allowing them to reach their academic and career potential some post-secondary institutions still lack an understanding of the disorder.
This year our ADHD Awareness Campaign is focussing on the issue of students with ADHD receiving appropriate academic accommodations while accessing post-secondary education. This is the topic addressed in a paper authored and recently published by the “Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC)”. The paper, titled: “Understanding ADHD as a Disability in the Post-Secondary Environment” and the media release, highlights the inequity in access to post-secondary education accommodations due to a lack of national or provincial standards backed by medical research. This is causing significant inconsistencies in the medical documentation required of students with ADHD by post-secondary schools resulting in discriminatory practices potentially leaving colleges and universities open to legal challenges.
Research has shown that standardized psychological tests, more suited for detecting learning disabilities and brain injuries, which are being demanded by some schools, do not accurately quantify the nature of impairments that characterize ADHD. When used, such tests may unfairly bar students from qualifying for accommodations, causing inequity in access to post-secondary education.
CADDAC does agree that detailed medical reporting, by an ADHD medical expert, should be required to meet Canadian government requirements. Reports should provide post-secondary institutions with the necessary information required to understand the student’s unique impairments and needs for specific accommodations. To assist with this CADDAC has also produced a resource for physicians and psychologists to assist them in developing a detailed report that would meet government requirements and provide the necessary information for post-secondary institutions.
2015 Campaign Documents
CBC “The Current” interview, “ADHD students face challenges getting help in university”
Ontario Launch ADHD Awareness Month
Paper “Understanding ADHD as a Disability in the Post-Secondary Environment”
Resource for medical professionals
Chart demonstrating inconsistencies in post-secondary requirements
Additional information on Adult ADHD Awareness:
Access information on Adult ADHD.
Access Information on Adult ADHD PSA (Public Service Announcement).
Access Information on the CADDAC Adult information USB.
The Canadian Socioeconomic Costs of ADHD
The impairing effects of ADHD also increase costs to healthcare, education, labour, social services and the justice system. They impede the attainment of human and social capital, resulting in increased socioeconomic costs for Canada. These costs are further fuelled by the continued under-diagnosis and under-treatment of ADHD. A shocking 90% of adults remain untreated, despite the far-reaching impact of ADHD. Access our paper on the Costs of ADHD.
ADHD matters to You!
Do you know someone with ADHD? Chances are that you do. Take some time to know the facts, understand the reality, and be part of a movement to educate other Canadians about something so common, yet so misunderstood.