Although attention deficit disorder (ADD) is commonly thought of as a children’s ailment, there are many adults with ADD, too. Children with ADD often grow up into adults with ADD. This wasn’t recognized by the medical community until the 1980’s. Those with ADD need a place to turn to help them handle their condition, get support and learn the latest treatments or therapies. Since 1989, a great place to turn has been the Attention Deficit Disorder Association.
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association is not just another non-profit support group. They are also considered one of the leading organizations that have the most knowledge about ADD and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder). Since it is thought that 5-7% of all children get ADD or ADHD, that means there are a lot of children that will turn into adults with ADD or ADHD. That means there currently is and will probably always be demand from the public for stories and television segments on ADD.
Television shows and news agencies who have asked the Attention Deficit Disorder Association for help in stories include the British Broadcasting Company (yes, the BBC), The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Vogue and Oprah. They have also worked with the American government department Center for Disease Control (CDC) to put together information about ADD.
Joining the Attention Deficit Disorder Association means you are not just joining a charity, but have access to a powerhouse of information and support from one of the world leaders in everything ADD. They offer teleclasses about ADD, extensive articles on diagnosing and treating ADD and work on ADD advocacy. It was the ADD that pushed Congress in 2003 to declare September 19, “National AD/HD Awareness Day.”
They also work with other non-profit organizations such as CHADD (children and adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder), National Mental Health Association, the People of Color Mental Health Congress (of which ADD is a sponsor and organizer for many years) and the Chicago Area ADHD Information Network (CHAAIN).
Since this is a non-profit organization that survives on donations, you do have to pay in order to become a member of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association. The ADDA is located in America, so all of the membership fees they ask for is in American dollars. Membership for an individual is $45, a family $55 and a medical professional $150. At least you get a lot of bang for your buck with this bunch.