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On Thursday, March 30th 2023, Heather McPherson, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Strathcona, Alberta, tabled a Private Members' Bill C-329 - National Framework on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Act in the House of Commons. The Bill asks for support of the 3 pillars of our White Paper - Creating Equitable Access to ADHD Care in Canada.


This is a huge step toward improving resources and care for Canadians affected by ADHD. Now, we need your help!


Please take 2 minutes of your time to write to your Federal MP at the button below and express the need for equitable access to ADHD care across Canada.


We’d love to know if you get a response from your Federal elected representative, or anyone copied on your email. Please forward any responses to communications@caddac.ca.


Thank you for your support and being an advocate for equitable access to ADHD treatment in Canada!

Right to ADHD Treatment: Federal Letter Writing Campaign

GET INVOLVED

Opportunities to get involved with our ADHD and Substance Use Support Groups


The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada is looking for individuals ages 18 – 30 who have lived experience with ADHD and Substance Use Disorder to join our ADHD Advisory Committee. The Committee will meet quarterly (4 times) per year, virtually and help develop and design our ADHD and Substance Use Support Groups. Participants will receive a stipend for their time. Must live in Canada. If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 and are interested in participating, please apply before Friday, April 21.

APPLY NOW

CADDAC is also looking for Peer Support Facilitators for the ADHD and Substance Use Substance Use Support Groups. As people with lived experience with both ADHD and SUD, the Peer Support Facilitators will support group participants while also gaining meaningful employment experience and opportunities for personal development. Training provided. Please contact cristina.evans@caddac.ca for more information.

EVENTS

Monthly Support Groups


Join CADDAC’s Adult ADHD Support Groups or our Parent Support Group, lead by CADDAC-trained facilitators, who are all adults with ADHD or parents and caregivers of children with ADHD.


Sessions will allow you to share your story or strategies with others who understand what it means to be an adult with ADHD, or what it means to be a parent or caregiver of a child (or children!) with ADHD.


Please note: An email will be sent a day before the session with the Zoom link.

REGISTER

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

May 27th and 28th, 2023

Virtual or in-person


Join the ADHD community and participate in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend!


Take part in the Kids Marathon, 2k, 5k, 10k, Half marathon, or full marathon. If you choose the virtual marathon, you can choose any date and location in May to complete your event.


Help spread awareness and raise funds for the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada.

REGISTER & RAISE FUNDS

Our 2023 conference is coming soon!

October 28th & 29th, 2023

Calgary, Alberta


Join the ADHD community in Calgary this October for CADDAC's 15th annual conference!


Stay tuned for more details.

Toronto Waterfront Marathon

In-person marathon on October 15th, 2023

Virtual marathon October 1 - 31, 2023


October is ADHD Awareness Month! Help spread awareness and raise funds for the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada during the Toronto Waterfront Marathon this October. Learn more and register at the button below.

REGISTER & RAISE FUNDS

ADHD STORIES

I Am a Teacher with ADHD, Autism, Depression, and Anxiety by Amber

"Currently, I am in a Master’s of Teaching program and have dedicated my research to help kids with ADHD as a teacher, and especially, to help kids who might slip through the cracks of the diagnostic system like I did. I know that I am really fortunate to have had the privileges in life that I’ve had, and that my school experience was generally positive. Ultimately though, my public-school experience left me feeling that this cannot be the best it gets for other neurodivergent students."


In our latest blog, Amber shares how she went from once being expelled from preschool to becoming a teacher who is dedicated to spreading ADHD awareness.

Read more

Ways to Give: Help Change Someone's Life

Become a GEM: Give Every Month and help change someone’s life!


GEM is a monthly giving program that provides hope to those who do not know where to turn. When you join GEM, you will be helping support over 1.8 million people who are affected by ADHD. Give hope and support to your fellow Canadians across the nation all year long by becoming a monthly donor.


With your continuous support, we can rally for change so that each generation can be healthier than the last.


  • $25 monthly provides one webinar with crucial information on ADHD
  • $86 monthly provides an interactive Parenting Program for a parent for a year
  • $135 monthly provides a youth coaching program for a year
  • $300 monthly provides one support group for a year


Help make change and join our monthly supporters to make an impact all year long.


Together, we can be unstoppable.

Donate Now!

WHAT'S NEW - ARTICLES ON ADHD

ADHD at the Center: A Whole-Life, Whole-Person Condition


ADHD is more than the sum of its symptoms. It touches your life from the moment you wake up to the instant you finally nod off. (In truth, ADHD continues to work its influence while you sleep.)


Your health, personality and preferences, friendships and relationships — and truly everything else in between — is colored by your ADHD. It is there 24/7, 365 days a year, influencing every single part of you.

Read More

The ADHD Conflict Resolution Guide: Tools and Scripts for Settling Disagreements


Conflict – within families and in other relationships – is normal. But disagreement can grow heated when ADHD sparks anger, impulsivity, and intense emotions.


The best way to handle conflict is to prepare for it by creating a conflict resolution plan in advance. Here, find scripts and ideas for handling disagreements with tools like reflecting listening, the STAR method, and more.

Read More

5 Ways To Adapt When Your Child's ADHD Overwhelms You


Kids with ADHD can be tough. You love them with all your heart and yet, your child seems out of touch at times. They don’t operate with urgency to get important tasks done and when they do get into action, it’s messy, or sloppy, or disorganized, or challenging. 


Arguing is super common or they cocoon and seem to ignore other people. Maybe they want to debate things that are not up for debate, or check-out of doing important tasks altogether.

Read More

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CADDRA Survey on ADHD & Substance Use

Deadline to complete the survey: May 15th


CADDRA-Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance is developing an education program to build knowledge, skills, and confidence about ADHD and substance use among clinicians and other service providers.This project is funded through Health Canada’s SUAP program.


You are invited to complete a short survey and help design their program. Please answer a short (5-10 minute) survey about your experiences providing, receiving, or facilitating care. 


The information collected will be used for the purposes of program planning. We will not contact you unless you provide us with your contact information and wish to have ongoing involvement.


Learn more and complete the survey at the button below.


COMPLETE THE SURVEY

Hold on Tight: A Parent’s Journey Raising Children with Mental Illness describes Jan Stewart’s raw and emotional journey raising two children with multiple mental health disorders. The author details the roller coaster lives and challenges that both children have faced in detail, from the time they were born to the present as young adults in their 30’s. 


Through compelling insights and advice, the book educates and empowers parents of children with similar challenges on how to better help their children and lead more fulfilling lives. Health care professionals, as well as families, friends, educators, employers and others who interact with those facing these challenges, get an inside look into the lives and unique perspectives of these parents. 


Jan is currently Chairing the Board at Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Canada’s largest autism services provider, and previously served as Vice Chair at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Learn more about Hold On Tight at the button below.

Learn more 

BrainStorm


Friday, April 21st at 7:00pm ET

The Attic Studio 1402 Queen Street East #Unit C3 Toronto, ON M4L 1C9


Created by BrickHouse Productions, BrainStorm explores the ADHD experience from the lived experience of a neuro-divergent cast, bringing awareness to the reality of life with a different brain, moving past society's stereotypical depictions.



This work uses elements of dance, theatre, and abstract performance to explore the challenges, barriers, and beauty that come with neuro-divergency. This work is at an early, workshopping stage, and following the performance there will be an open discussion hosted by Artistic Director Sadie Cahill, where the audience is invited to ask questions, share feedback, and learn more about the creative process.

Get Tickets

Women ON the Move (WOTM) Community Consultation

Wednesday, April 26th at 1:00pm



The WOTM community consultation is a safe space for women with disabilities and their service providers to share their lived experiences and the gaps they see in current programming and services in the community. Our goal is to create a user centered program that directly addresses the needs in the community. 


The meeting will be held on Zoom and accessibility needs would be provided. We encourage community workers, advocates, folks that work with disabled women and women with disabilities to join our community consultation. Please email ponyia@nellies.org or call 647-461-3970 for further questions, concerns and accessibility requirements.

Register Here

Participants needed for physical activity and child ADHD survey


Are you a parent or guardian of a 6-to-12 year old child diagnosed with ADHD? Parents and children are needed to fill out questionnaires to help the University of Alberta's School and Clinical Child Psychology Program learn about how to support kids with ADHD.


Parents will fill out questionnaires for about 25 minutes regarding their child’s physical activity and ADHD functioning. Children will fill out a questionnaire for about 5 minutes regarding their mood and will wear a Fitbit Ace device for 2 weeks. University of Alberta will provide the Fitbit Ace device and participants get to keep it at the end of the study! 


To learn more and participate, please contact Katrina Aranas via email:


karanas@ualberta.ca

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