Public Education the Focus of 2nd Annual National AD/HD Awareness Day; Local Group Hosts Teach-In and ’Focus Fairs’ as Part of Day of Action
POTTSTOWN, Pa. Sept. 13 -- The national Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is marking the Second Annual AD/HD Awareness Day tomorrow (September 14) by offering a series of instructional programs including free informational teleconferences from 10 am to 10 pm EST.
In addition to the teleconferences, there will be free, on-site evening AD/HD ’Focus Fairs held at Montgomery County Community College West near ADDA headquarters in Pottstown, Pennsylvania; Loyola University (Water Tower Campus) in Chicago; and at the 95th Street Library in Naperville, Illinois. Visitors will be offered free adult AD/HD screenings as well as information on coping with and overcoming the challenges presented by AD/HD (for details including pre-registration for the teleconferences, visit http://www.add.org ).
“In order to effectively reduce the stigma associated with AD/HD and eliminate the negative perception it has, we need the support of as many groups and individuals as possible,” says Pamela Milazzo, Esquire, chair of the ADDA Awareness Day Committee.
It is estimated that between three to seven percent of school-age children have AD/HD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, often referred to as ADD) with recent studies showing that an estimated 30-70 percent of children with AD/HD continue to exhibit symptoms as adults. Persons with AD/HD routinely face major challenges in staying organized, being productive at work and in other activities of daily life. Many adults with AD/HD are unaware that they have the disorder. Left untreated, it can cause devastating consequences, including poor performance in school and work, antisocial behavior and substance abuse.
Studies by the National Institutes of Health and other health organizations have revealed that through proper diagnosis and treatment, the symptoms of AD/HD can be substantially decreased and the quality of life greatly improved.
ADDA is the world’s leading non-profit organization serving adults with AD/HD. Established in 1989, ADDA’s mission is to provide information, resources and networking opportunities to help the individuals and families affected by AD/HD. By bringing together scientific perspectives and the human experience, ADDA provides hope, empowerment and connections worldwide for both those who have AD/HD and professionals who serve them. For further information, visit http://www.add.org .
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