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Every other Thursday | Thursday, April 28, 2022
CADDAC Ontario Election Toolkit
Every time a question about ADHD is asked - whether that’s at your front door, in an email to your candidates, or at a local community event - you are raising ADHD awareness with future government decision-makers.

Access CADDAC’s Ontario ADHD Election Campaign Toolkit for easy-to-use action sheets on 3 specific areas of concern, video clips that can be shared, and an e-mail template that can be sent to your candidates. (E-mail templates will open in your downloads as word documents.)
Don’t know your candidates? We can help with that too!

Please assist our advocacy efforts by sharing this information with any individuals or colleagues that you think may have an interest in ADHD!  
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 Three:

Western Canada - May 18th
Central Canada - May 12th
Eastern Canada - May 2nd

If interested, please use the link below to register based on your Region.
Volunteer Opportunities
CADDAC is Looking for Two Representatives for the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

We are looking for two individuals that are passionate about advocating for the rights of students with special learning needs.

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

If that, is you, please contact us at
We are Hiring - CADDAC is looking for a Policy Analyst (Summer Student)
Are you passionate about your work making a difference in the community?

Good news! We are currently seeking a Policy Analyst - Summer Student, to help research, analyze, and summarize data and information on a range of policy issues related to ADHD
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 Kim, André, Renée, Lisa, and Ekin⠀
Kim is an entrepreneur and community activist from Ottawa with a background in youth advocacy, organizational development, fundraising, and governance. Her experience with being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult has given her a new appreciation for the need for ADHD de-stigmatization and awareness for youth diagnosis and support.
André is a Professional Engineer, a relentless learner, and he fights for the right to be different and unique – he wants that for everyone, especially kids. Helping entrepreneurs, adults, and kids discover their talents and strengths to develop their own voice and advocate for themselves is a passion.
Renée has been a school Principal with the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario for eleven years. In that role, she has led her schools in the implementation of school improvement plans, while putting in place technological innovations and enriched programs.
Lisa is an educator with over twenty years experience in both the elementary and secondary panels holding a Master of Education and specialists in English and Special Education.

Ekin is passionate about raising awareness and advocating for organizations dedicated to improving the lives of those with ADHD. Being a board member offers her the opportunity to engage with and contribute to her community through an organization whose mission aligns with hers.
National Poetry Month
Imagine by  X. Laudati
Imagine having an itchy brain
Imagine having trouble focusing
Imagine forcing yourself to be dedicated to something
Imagine when you want something all you do is talk about it
Now just imagine you want everything to go your way
Imagine not sleeping through the night or not needing a lot of sleep
ADHD Articles
When Your Parent Has ADHD - And You Don't
There are many consequences of being raised by at least one parent with ADHD—some good and some bad, with coexisting conditions contributing to difficulties. Also, if one parent has it and the other does not, the child can witness arguing and miscommunication and misinterpret what is going on.
In my eyes, dad was the fun one who sadly wasn’t around as much as the mean bossy one.
Adults have ADHD.
We should have accessible care, too
I spent most of my life feeling like I was barely getting by. No matter how much effort I put in, I was always falling behind, everything just beyond my control.
I couldn’t keep up with school readings. I handed in essays and articles with spelling mistakes, having written them the day they were due. I felt friendships slip away and scrambled to reel them in, answering texts or calling people back weeks late. Even everyday chores spiralled and accumulated, a few dishes becoming a sinkful.
ADHD and Your Child’s Emotions: How a Feelings Chart Can Help
Kids with ADHD who have tantrums or meltdowns may also have another mental health condition, like anxietydepression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, he says. It’s also possible that they may be getting mistreated or bullied.
If your little one acts out a lot, a good first step is to talk with them about their emotions.
CMHA’s Mental Health Week

CMHA’s Mental Health Week (MHW) is acknowledged during the first week of May with an emphasis on children's mental health.
This year SickKids CCMH Learning Institute will be offering all children and youth programming during the week of May 2 - 8, 2022, with an automatic 50% savings. See our full lineup of MHW special webinars and reserve your spot today! Plus, use discount code CADDAC10 to SAVE an additional 10%
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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