This is cross posted to my new blog BC ADHD. Canadian ADHD Awareness Week is October 14th to 20th 2013. The US has ADHD Awareness month, all of October. CADDAC, The Center for ADHD Awareness will be soon putting out more information on ADHD Awareness Week.
Many adult and children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in British Columbia are 3rd class citizens.
The health bureaucracy refuses to demand doctors, psychologist and psychiatrists in BC be properly trained to diagnose and treat adults and children with ADHD. At UBC, medical students only get one hour of training on ADHD.
The BC Liberal government closed the only Adult ADHD clinic in BC after a year long wait list in 2007. BC Premier Christy Clark told me at her only town hall during the May 2011 by-election on my question to her if she would re open the clinic her BC Liberals closed “I’m absolutely committed to working with you on it.” And she did? Nothing. Still closed. Adrian Dix the BC NDP leader refused to support reopening the BC ADHD Clinic.
The education bureaucracy refuses to require teacher give accommodations to students with ADHD unless they have learning disabilities or severe behaviour problems. Most do not.
Many people promote ignorance and stigma about ADHD, and a lie repeated enough and not refuted often gets believed.
There are many problems with ADHD but also many advantages of ADHD if properly managed.
That’s why raising awareness of ADHD is so important.
We’ll be working to create some activities for ADHD Awareness Week 2012. If you’d like to help us out, please contact me to join us.