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Every other Thursday | Thursday, April 14, 2022
ADHD Feature of the Month
ADHD Feature Story of the Month - Carrie Copper

Carrie Cooper is a final year Undergrad student at York University, she majors in a Bachelor of Arts in History.

The ADHD Feature Story of the Month is meant to give a voice to those who have been directly impacted by ADHD and who struggle with it every day. We at CADDAC want to hear your voice and your perspective.

If you want to participate, please fill out the google form in the link provided if you wish to apply.

CADDAC ADHD Adult Support Groups

Would you like to join a support group to help you navigate through life’s twists and turns?

Dates for Session Two:

Western Canada - April 20th
Central Canada - April 21st

If interested, please use the link below to register based on your Region.
Action Plan: Creating Equitable Access to ADHD Care in Canada
Action from the Federal Government is needed now to support individuals with ADHD. CADDRA, CADDAC and CanREACHhave come together and is calling on the Government of Canada to create an expert advisory group as part of the National Mental Health Standards.
Le gouvernement fédéral doit prendre des mesures dès maintenant pour soutenir les personnes souffrant de TDAH. CADDRA, CADDAC et CanREACH se réunissent pour inviter le gouvernement à former un groupe consultatif d’experts qui agira dans le cadre de l’application des normes nationales en matière de santé mentale.
Volunteer Opportunities
CADDAC is looking for representatives to sit on the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

We are looking for someone who is passionate about advocating for the rights of students with special learning needs.

1. The individual must live in the York Region District
2. The individual Cannot work with York Region District School Board in any capacity.

If that, is you, please contact us at
National Volunteer Month
April is National Volunteer Month which recognizes those who dedicate their time and talents to volunteering.⠀
Here at CADDAC, we want to celebrate National Volunteer Month by highlighting our Board Members that dedicate their efforts to continue advocating and improving the lives of Canadians affected by ADHD.⠀

Today, we're spotlighting Katherine, Karen, and Faelyne! ⠀
Katherine is the mother of a son who was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD at an early age. She brings to CADDAC a wealth of advocacy experience and legal expertise, and her primary focus is on addressing the educational and social needs of children with ADHD.
Faelyne is a passionate advocate for inclusion and accessibility, and the mother of a neuro-diverse son currently in high school.
Faelyne’s experience with her son’s accommodations in the education system has galvanized her to join CADDAC.⠀
Karen has a PhD in Counselling Psychology and has been a Registered Psychologist in Alberta since 2003.
Karen has two daughters, one of whom has been diagnosed with ADHD. ⠀
National Poetry Month
Full Potential
To me, people’s approval is essential,
So when they say “I’m not reaching my full potential”,
Though they may think it inconsequential,
That statement can be detrimental,
And their opinions are influential,
But now I’m getting existential.

That sentence is tattooed inside my brain,
The message those words portray,
Is constantly on replay.
And at the end of the day,
The one thing that remains,
Is that constant feeling of shame,
And no, I don’t mean to complain,
But the thought still haunts me all the same.
ADHD Articles
ADHD Families: Surviving Easter Holidays
We are counting down to Easter Sunday and have identified some Easter projects we can do in the lead up. Here are some examples:
Easter Bonnet making session, a few days before the Easter Bonnet parade… classic hat making session with cereal boxes, glitter, feathers, paints, whatever we can find lying around.
Easter Bonnet parade (any excuse for a dress up!). Decorate the garden/whatever space is available with spring flowers bunting etc.
Easter egg/chocolate making there are no limits to what is possible, melt down chocolate with some butter, add some sparkles, food dye, then leave to set.
10 Things You Should Know When You Love Someone With ADHD
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is one of the most misunderstood diagnoses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). As a mental health professional who specializes in ADHD, I find myself constantly educating people about ADHD behaviors that are often perceived as disrespectful, lazy, careless, self-absorbed, and rude. Advocating for the individual with ADHD can sometimes be a frustrating experience, but imagine being the one who is constantly misunderstood and misjudged. Imagine having to explain daily that your words and actions were misconstrued.
I Refuse to ‘Punish’ My Son Anymore
The early weeks of the pandemic marked a low point for my relationship with my son, who was almost 8 years old then. His school was abruptly closed, first for three weeks, then for the rest of the year. I worked from home and my husband was an essential worker who had to continue going to his workplace, so the burden of continuing some semblance of education for my son fell entirely on me. My son’s teacher offered no remote instruction — only packets of busy work. Many days, my son refused to do any schoolwork, and keeping him focused on even a 15-minute exercise was a huge challenge.
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As it happens, we were in the middle of having him assessed for ADHD when the pandemic hit, and about a month later we got the official diagnosis and began to try out medication. With stimulants, I noticed a big change in his ability to focus and a reduction in hyperactive and impulsive behavior — still, I continued to see what I perceived to be defiant, disrespectful behavior, which would sometimes lead to heated fights.

LIVE WEBINAR: Supporting neuro-diverse children and youth: Improving access and treatment outcomes in mental health, educational and residential settings

Date: April 22 and 29, 2022
Time: 9 a.m. to 12pm EST
Facilitator: Katy Albert, M.Ed., OCT, BCBA

This webinar will explore techniques for supporting children, youth and their families who are neuro-diverse and have experienced barriers in accessing support and experiencing positive outcomes in mental health, educational and residential settings.

Registration fee: $250 ($225 with promo code CADDAC10)

Are you thinking of celebrating your birthday with CADDAC this year with a fundraiser on Facebook? It can be done with a few steps and all proceeds come to CADDAC. Check our details and steps.

Your generous gift will contribute to establishing programs and services for ADHD communities in Canada as well as support the work CADDAC is already doing in the areas of advocacy, awareness, and education.
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