Oct 312014
 

Cross posted to BC ADHD.

I was very happy to watch the BC NDP’s Health Critic Judy Darcy’s   @DarcyJudy   her Facebook great speech on ADHD in the BC Legislature on the BC Leg live stream Tuesday October 23rd 2014. And tweet excerpts from it throughout the day. It was even more powerful when she mentioned her son had ADHD. Here’s some background on her from her BC Legislature bio.

darcy-Judy photo bcleg 1

In 2003, Judy was honoured with the Council of Canadians Activist of the Year award, “in recognition of outstanding leadership in forging coalitions for the public good on important social issues.”

Judy previously served as National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canada’s largest union, and was for many years the only woman to lead a national union in Canada. She was also Secretary Business Manager of the Hospital Employees Union in B.C. for 6 years. In this role, she led negotiations to reach a historic settlement for health care workers after the Supreme Court found that Bill 29 violated Charter-protected rights to collective bargaining.

Oct 122014
 

Cross posted to BCADHD

CADDAC, The Center for ADHD Awareness, Canada will have it’s 6th annual conference in Vancouver, BC November 1st & 2nd.

caddac-logo

Early bird deadline is in 2 days October 14th, don’t wait.

It’s pretty rare to get ADHD conferences in Vancouver, CADDAC is a Toronto based Canadian ADHD organization so it’s meetings are usually down east in Toronto or Montreal, so you might want to check it out because you may not see another one again in BC for a long time. Maybe another decade.

CADDRA came to Vancouver for a conference almost a decade ago, 2005. See my blog posts on it part one and part two.

At the conference CADDAC had an day before the conference afternoon Advocating for ADHD Vancouver networking event. See my posts on it, part one, part two, part three

Oct 082014
 

Cross posted to BCADHD.com. North Vancouver City Council October 6th 2014 has declared October 14-20th as BC ADHD Awareness Week. North Vancouver BC is now the third city in Canada to declare ADHD Awareness Week.

The first city in Canada to do so was Vancouver BC in 2011, then Airdrie, Alberta in 2013. One day our eastern cousins will finally catch up:)

ADHD Awareness has been national in the US since an act of the US Senate in 2004. Still not declared nationally in Canada’s parliament. Or any provincial legislatures.

That’s why we need more cities in BC and the rest of Canada to follow The City of North Vancouver leadership and declare ADHD Awareness week or month depending on the province, to help raise awareness of ADHD in adults and children and reduce the heavy burden of stigma.

Sep 242014
 

Cross posted from BCADHD.com We’ve signed up all 21 Vancouver Libraries to have BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 ADHD Book Displays. Oct 14-20th.

There will be books for children, teens and adults with ADHD, books by authors who have ADHD who have written non ADHD books, our ADHD Awareness Week Poster and Brochures on the only 2 ADHD support groups in BC, my Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group and CHADD Vancouver, and the quick Harvard Adult ADHD Screener Test.

ADHD Book Displays at Vancouver Public Libraries:

Britannia Library

Carnegie Library

Central Library

Champlain Heights Library

Collingwood Library

Dunbar Library

The Firehall Library where our group first started meeting in 9 years ago in 2004 until we outgrew it and moved to our new location Ravensong Community Healthcare Center

Fraserview Library

Hastings Library

Joe Fortes Library

Kensington Library

Kerrisdale Library

Sep 242014
 

#16. This post is a part of a series where people answer my anonymous survey question on the ADHD Catch 22. If you have ADHD but haven’t gone public with it, what would it take to you go public with ADHD?

If you have ADHD but haven’t gone public with it, what would it take to you go public with ADHD?shareasimage

There are risks and rewards for going public with ADHD AND for staying hidden in the ADHD closet. See this post for context on the series.

“I’m 38 and I’m still keeping ADHD a secret to avoid social and work problems. I let the people around me think my priorities are wrong to avoid being seen as stupid in other ways. To other people it looks like disregard, or an aloof attitude, like I don’t care if I disrespected them by forgetting something.