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ADHD Feature Story of the Month
Carolyn Matyjanka ADHD Feature Story of the Month

Carolyn Matyjanka has struggled with ADHD her whole life, only recently getting a diagnoses in the last few years.

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 follow this link and fill out our submission form.
Executive Functioning Support Program
Eastern Canada
(Weekly Sessions)

Time: 6:30pm to 8pm EST
Date: September 22, 2022 - November 17, 2022
Where: Virtual

This program will provide parents and caregivers with important information about executive functioning and how it impacts children and teens with ADHD. Group members will learn tools and strategies to help them support their children with the areas of executive functioning that are challenging for them, and practice applying them in their homes.
Interactive ADHD Child
Parenting Course
(Weekly Sessions)

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm EST
Date: October 6, 2022 - November 24, 2022
Where: Virtual

This five-part interactive course has been designed for parents starting the ADHD journey with their child and for those striving to understand their child’s impairments and needs. It will cover the things you need to know about ADHD: what it really is; how it impacts learning, behaviour, and emotional regulation; treatment options, and how to implement home and school strategies.
Executive Functioning Support Program
Western Canada
(Weekly Sessions)

Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm Mountain Time
Date: September 28, 2022 - November 23, 2022
Where: Virtual

This program will provide parents and caregivers with important information about executive functioning and how it impacts children and teens with ADHD. Group members will learn tools and strategies to help them support their children with the areas of executive functioning that are challenging for them, and practice applying them in their homes.
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 Summer Sessions:

Western Canada - July 20 & Aug 17
Central Canada - July 14 & Aug 4
Eastern Canada - July 11 & August 8

If interested, please use the link below to register based on your Region.
CADDAC Volunteering Opportunities

CADDAC is excited to offer new Peer Support Groups for the Fall!
In preparation for these groups we are searching of Volunteer Facilitators. 

  • We are recruiting a maximum of 3 Youths between 18 and 25 yrs of age from across Canada who have the skill set needed to facilitate virtual peer support groups. If this is you, please fill out the volunteer form.
  • We are also recruiting Parents of children with ADHD to do the same. If you live in either Eastern Canada, or Western Canada and are interested, please fill out the volunteer form. 
CADDAC's Advocacy and Awareness Initiatives

Over the next few months, CADDAC will be running a number of Advocacy and Awareness initiatives and we are looking for individuals willing to share their stories.
Specifically, we are looking for the following:

  • Adolescents and adults with ADHD plus at least one comorbidity (depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorder, substance use disorder, addiction)
  • Individuals with ADHD who are struggling in the workplace
  • Parent/caregiver of a child with ADHD who is struggling in school
The interviews will take place either live at our conference or video recorded and used on our social media platforms and in presentations.
There is an honorarium available...

If you are interested in raising ADHD Awareness, please email
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 in York Region
2. The individual cannot work with York Catholic District School Board in any capacity.

If that, is you, please contact us at
ADHD and Autism both Interfere with Social Skills

"ADHD and autism both interfere with social skills, so it can take much longer for us to gain experience with our peers and potential romantic and sexual partners than it does for neurotypicals.
This experience however is often vital for us to properly understand our sexuality. For this reason I feel there is a trend for many of us to not realize who and what we are until much later in life, and to go through a lot of unpleasantness on the way before learning to understand ourselves."
- Paul, Alberta #PrideEdition #PrideMonth #ADHDSpeaks
ADHD Articles
4 Movies About ADHD That Portray What ADHD Is Really Like
Widely known simply as ADHD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders affecting both children and adults. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) estimates that 8.4% of children and 2.5% of adults have been diagnosed with ADHD.1 There are still many others who have not been diagnosed. 
Though it may sound a bit untraditional, research tells us that when movies depict various human emotions and experiences, it can positively impact viewers and help us make more sense of our own struggles.
Movies can even help ignite important discussions and help us break free from some of the “taboo” sentiment around mental health issues
What Does the 'ADHD Iceberg' Mean?
An iceberg is a block of ice that floats on water. While the tip of the iceberg is visible above the surface, the majority of it remains hidden underwater.
The ‘ADHD iceberg’ is a pictorial analogy that helps represent the experience of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The external symptoms of ADHD that others can see are just the tip of the iceberg, while the internal experience of having ADHD is so much more than that.
This analogy shows people how much ADHD affects people beyond just fidgetiness, hyperactivity, and limited attention.
Saving Summer with Structure
Combine fun and structure to give children with ADHD the best summer ever. Parents and experts reveal how to boost smarts and avoid boredom during the lazy days of summer.
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do better when they know what to expect — and what’s expected of them. This is especially true of younger children, who are quick to shout, “I’m bored” if there isn’t something going on every second.
So, what can a parent do to make sure their kids’ and pre-teens’ days are filled with structure and fun activities this summer?
Community Events
Don’t Underestimate Your Senses: Occupational Therapy Workshops

Sensory sensitivities are very commonly found among the ADHD population. However, they are not recognized as some of the key culprits to daily challenges. In this series of workshops for adults and parents of children with ADHD, we will introduce you to some of the most common sensory challenges, how they can show up in daily behaviours, and practical tools to address them.  


Date: July 6th
Time: 7:30pm EST
Fee: $30:00

Register & Learn More Here: 

Date: July 13th
Time: 7:30pm EST
Fee: $30:00

Register & Learn More Here: 
Parenting a Child with ADHD During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Help us understand the impact of the pandemic on the parenting experiences of children with ADHD in Canada.

If you have a child in K-12 who has ADHD, lives in Canada, and would like to receive a
$20 Amazon Gift Card, please email

This is a study by Carleton University and Saint Paul University.

Ways to Give - Be the Difference in Someone's Life
Give your support and make a donation to change someone’s life.

In Canada, resources and support for people living with ADHD are minimal. As the only national charity focusing solely on ADHD, we are developing programs and services for ADHD communities across Canada, but we need YOUR HELP to do it! Your generous gift will contribute to supporting programs and establishing new 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. 

“Wow, I finally found my people! Thank you for setting up this support group, I have been needing this for months! I really appreciate it. ❤️ " - Anonymous

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