Nov 132016
 

Here’s a draft proposal for your consideration. I’m an adult ADHD coach who has ADHD and runs the non-profit Vancouver Adult ADHD Support group and is on the board of CHADD Vancouver. Tell me what you think of these ideas in the comments at the end of this post.

We need to stop the discrimination and neglect of adults and children with ADHD in BC. While we have some excellent medical professional who learned about ADHD on their own time and dime, sadly there are too few medical professionals that are properly trained in diagnosing and treating ADHD in adults and children in BC.

So far too many Adults with ADHD and children and teens with ADHD cannot get a proper diagnosis and treatment for ADHD throughout BC.

The Canada Health Act’s 5 principles on Medicare include:

Universality – a guarantee that all residents in Canada must have access to public healthcare and insured services on uniform terms and conditions

Accessibility – insured persons must have reasonable and uniform access to insured health services, free of financial or other barriers.

BC is violating the Canada Health Act. Adults and children with ADHD in BC do not have universality or accessibility to properly trained medical professionals that can diagnose and treat ADHD.

BC adults and children in all areas of BC deserve to get access to properly trained medical professionals to give them a proper ADHD assessment of ADHD and treatment if diagnosed with it.

We need to demand that the BCLiberals or BCNDP (IF elected) create adult and children’s ADHD clinics at adult hospitals in every health authority in BC:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Fraser Health
  • Interior Health
  • Northern Health
  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • First Nations Health Authority

What do you think? Share your ideas in the comments.

There are enormous social and economic costs to neglecting ADHD.

20-30%+ of alcoholics and drug addicts have ADHD.

21-45% of prisoners in jail have ADHD 15 studies show. 5% of adults have ADHD.

Higher rates of dysthymia, depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar.

Higher rates of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Higher rates of suicidal thinking, and suicide attempts, smoking, divorce, un and under-employment and being fired from jobs, of being on welfare, traffic tickets, car crashes, emergency room visits, high school drop outs, lower college entrance rates, higher rates of college dropout, teen pregnancies, fetal alcohol syndrome, narcotic syndrome, being in foster care, and decreased life expectancy.

BC liberal health minister George Abbott shut down the only public adult ADHD clinic in all of BC in 2007, after it grew so popular it had a 14-month wait list.

The BC Adult ADHD clinic, located at Children’s Hospital had been accepting adult patients for only two years, during which time its adult caseload had grown to 50% of its patient total. They soon got a 14-month wait list. They asked the BC govt for more money to reduce the wait list, the government refused and they shut down the clinic.

Too few cases of ADHD are recognized … too few ADHD patients can be treated appropriately… Data from 2004- 2005, for example, indicated that of all ambulatory clinics, (BC Adult ADHD clinic) received the highest number of referrals (643), had the highest number of patients on the waitlist (78).

Doctors of BC ADHD policy paper from 2009. The recommended that funding for ADHD services should be increased to guarantee waitlists of less than three months for all ADHD patients.

See their 8 policy recommendations on ADHD here.

There are more adults with ADHD than children with it and ADHD is 80% genetic. If a child has ADHD the parents should be screened for ADHD.

What BC provincial political parties have said about reopening the BC Adult ADHD Clinic.

 

BC Premier Christy Clark promised me in may 2011 at her only town hall meeting “I’m Absolutely Committed To Working With You On It” Re: Opening BC Adult ADHD Clinic.

And she did? Nothing at all.

Go listen to CKNW’s audio of it her lying to me during her campaign race here.

BC NDP MLA’s have repeatedly refused to call to reopen it over the years despite multiple requests in town hall meetings, online and on talk radio.

But the past leader of BC Conservative John Cummins and other BCCP candidates last election committed to reopening the BC Adult ADHD clinic.

And the past leader of the BC conservative party, psychologist Jane Sterk called for adult ADHD clinics to be open in all areas of BC. She said

It’s completely congruent with our health care policy. Services should be available when people need them. The Green Party would support similar adult ADHD clinics in different parts of BC.

The current leader of the BC greens, MLA Andrew Weaver during the election also committed to reopening the clinic and other BC Greens candidates did too.

The editor of the Georgia Straight, Charlie Smith, wrote on article on this campaign to re open the BC Adult ADHD Clinic.

In BC many doctors, psychiatrists, and psychologists have little to no training on ADHD in adults and children.

UBC medical students get only one hour of training on ADHD in the entire program, grossly inadequate.

I have received thousands of emails over the years from people in the lower mainland asking where they could get an adult or a child diagnosed with ADHD by someone who actually knows it, since many have little to no training on it.

I have emailed out a list of people known to diagnose and treat ADHD in adults and children in the 3rd biggest city in Canada, Vancouver (and surrounding area) for more than a decade.

Some of those people have very long waiting lists and sometimes their lists are closed.

What needs to be done?

The closure of the BC Adult ADHD Clinic at Children’s Hospital and no other departments defended them and demand that it not be closed shows there is NO political support for ADHD adults at a children’s hospital in other departments.

So it’s important that Adult and children’s ADHD clinics in every health authority in BC be located in Adult Hospitals, where they are less likely to be shut with budget cuts and have no other department defend them because they don’t care about adults with ADHD. The BC Children’s ADHD clinic at Children’s Hospital is obvious an exception for the children’s clinic only, not an adult one.

There should be several psychiatrists and as well as psychologists, nurses, ADHD coaches etc at public Adult and children’s ADHD clinics. There should be multimodal treatment for patients with ADHD, medication, behavioural treatments, and adult ADHD support groups.

It is important that part of the mandate of the BC public adult and children’s ADHD clinics be to educate other medical and mental health professionals, employers, unions and the public on ADHD.

It is also important that part of the mandate of the BC public Adult and children’s ADHD clinics to do research on ADHD specifically for how ADHD affects different groups of adults and children with ADHD throughout BC and what legislation and support BC government departments, municipal governments and other business and unions can provide to help improve the working, academic and personal lives of ADHD adults and children, not just do research for pharmaceutical companies, although that can be useful too.

What are your thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments below this post, or email me at pete AT addcoach4u.com

May 262016
 

Please tell BC Pharmacare and health minister Terry Lake why they should cover long-acting ADHD medications vs just the short acting ones. CADDAC, CADDRA and some BC Psychiatrists and doctors are organizing this.

Deadline is June 1st, 2016.

If you live in BC and have a family member with ADHD or have ADHD yourself and already know why this is important, have your say here now .

Scroll down to “Therapeutic Review of ADHD Drugs” and chose “Patient Questionnaire” or “Caregiver Questionnaire.” Please follow the instructions carefully.

You have ADHD? So being organized enough to remember to take medications 3 times a day will be easy, right?

If you are unsure why this is important, please read on.

I called for BC Pharmacare to cover long-acting (10-13 hour) medications to happen a decade ago.

Sadly, a decade later, in we’re not just behind the American’s on ADHD we’re behind most provinces too in BC, I’m doing it again.

BC PharmaCare helps low-income B.C. residents with the cost of eligible prescription drugs.

Problem: Currently BC Pharmacare only covers short-acting ADHD medications, Ritalin, and Dexedrine which only last for 2-3 hours.  If you are a child and you try and fail on both of them your doctor can apply to be covered for only one Methylphenidate product, Concerta.

If you are one of the ADHD children that Methylphenidate doesn’t work for you and need an amphetamine based stimulant medication like Adderall, Adderall XR, or Vyvanse? The will refuse to help you.

Find that the stimulants don’t work for your child or teen (or adult) and need a non-stimulant SNRI like Strattera? You’re screwed

If you are an adult? BC Pharmacare will refuse to cover ANY long-term ADHD medications. Despite the huge economic costs of ADHD in adults and children for society.

Unlike ADHD backwards BC, see what a more civilized province like Quebec covers:

  • Short acting methylphenidate: Ritalin
  • Short acting dextroamphetamine: Dexedrine
  • Long acting methylphenidate: Concerta Biphentin,
  • Long acting dextroamphetamine: Dexedrine Spansules, Adderall XR, Vyvanse
  • Long acting SNRI selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor Strattera

For more on medications for ADHD see my page with articles on ADHD meds or my page on Common ADHD Medication Companies Websites Chart with links to the company site.

Medications are one way of treating ADHD, useful but not the only method or a complete method. Here are Top 10 Ways to Manage Adult ADHD. Also for some other method, some people ADHD NEED meds to be able to access and actually do the other methods.

Why this a problem.

I think it is cruel to force adults and children with ADHD who have to rely on BC Pharmacare to help pay for needed medication to help manage their ADHD symptoms to remember to take short-acting ADHD prescription medications Ritalin and Dexedrine, 3 times a day.

Because the very symptoms of living with ADHD make it harder to do that.

Imagine if you were an adult or a child with ADHD and because the nature of the condition you were more likely to be:

Impulsive

Easily distracted

Disorganized

Have trouble planning

Time Blind

Forgetful.

And someone told you that you had to be organized enough to be able to plan and remember 3 times a day to take your medications. How would you feel? How likely would you able to do this every day?

The very symptoms of living with ADHD make it harder to do to take short term medications 3 times a day. One of the many reasons why BC Pharmacare should cover long-acting ADHD medications like other provinces do.

And short term ADHD medications are often discontinued by ADHD children and adults because of the rebound effect when they wear off. The symptoms of ADHD will often get worse, and last up to an hour. Another reason why covering long-term term ADHD medications is so crucial.

Research studies show that long-acting ADHD medications are better tolerated, have fewer side effects, greater effectiveness and improved adherence.

Long-acting medications also result in reducing stigmatization, facilitating parental control, eliminating the therapeutic gap inherent in multi-day dosing schedules and very importantly reducing diversion and abuse potential.

Therefore, they are currently the most widely prescribed ADHD medications and are listed as the first-line medication treatment option by the Canadian ADHD Practice Guidelines.

I’ve had people who were ex-drug addicts tell me they didn’t want to use short term ADHD medications because the danger of abusing them, but they couldn’t afford long-term medications like Concerta that can’t be abused because BC Pharmacare does not cover them.

Leaving aside the human suffering component and their families, is it smart for BC Pharmacare to cover long-term ADHD medications so fewer people will abuse drugs like crack, meth, heroin etc to self-medicate? 20-30%+ of addicts have ADHD studies show. Only 5% of adults have ADHD.

A decade ago I wrote a post quoting Dr. James Swanson who mentioned at a CADDRA conference that I attended that most US prescriptions for ADHD medications were long term medications.

I called for the BC government to cover long-term ADHD medications, a decade ago

A decade later still not covered.

Solution:

If you are a caregiver for someone in BC with ADHD (i.e., a family member) or if you have ADHD and live in BC? Please participate in the BC Pharmacare Therapeutic Review Accepting Patient Submissions. Scroll down to “Therapeutic Review of ADHD Drugs” and chose “Patient Questionnaire” or “Caregiver Questionnaire.” Please follow the instructions carefully.

Deadline is June 1st.

CADDAC, CADDRA and some BC doctors and psychiatrists are helping to organize this.

BC PharmaCare is conducting a Therapeutic Review into the coverage of medications used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). BC Patients, caregivers, and patient groups will have the opportunity to provide input as part of the process, between May 4th and June 1st, 2016 AT MIDNIGHT.

At this time in BC, Ritalin and Dexedrine – both short-acting medications – are the only fully covered treatment options. Concerta, a long-acting medication, is available but it is restricted to Special Authority requests.

That is why this Therapeutic Review is so important for patients, their caregivers, and their loved ones.

How to Participate

Interested parties that meet the eligibility requirements, see below, can provide their input by visiting the Ministry of Health website http://www.gov.bc.ca/bcyourvoice and following the directions.

You will be asked to give your perspective on how ADHD affects your life and the impact and benefits of the ADHD medication that you are currently taking, or have taken. Patient, caregiver and patient group eligibility requirements can be found HERE.”

Why not tell Honourable Terry Lake Minister of Health your thoughts on the matter too? His email: HLTH.health@gov.bc.ca

Maybe consider letting your local MLA know why it’s important that they do this. Find your MLA at MLA Finder.

If you know someone in the media, explain to them why this is important, maybe they might help get the word out too.

You should also let BC Pharmacare know they should cover both the methylphenidate AND the dextroamphetamine long-term medications as well as nonstimulant Strattera, since not all ADHD meds work for all  ADDers .

We ADDers are unique, some respond to methylphenidate products like Concerta and Biphentin,  some do not, they respond to the dextroamphetamine ones like Vyvanse and Adderall XR.

There are actually only two classes of stimulant medications – methylphenidate (MPH) and dextroamphetamine (AMP).

Approximately 45% of patients demonstrate preferential response to either methylphendate (MPH) or amphetamine (AMP).

Patients could be started on MPH treatment and show no response but when switched to the other class (AMP) they respond well (or vice versa).

This shows that:

a. the two classes cannot be considered interchangeable for individual patients (ie. lack of efficacy or lack of tolerability on MPH for an individual patient does not predict the same for AMP or vice versa);

and b. it cannot be assumed that we are providing access to adequate treatment for every patient when only one of the two (AMP or MPH) is made available.

Please share this with people who have ADHD and know people who have ADHD. Encourage them to let BC Pharmacare why they should cover long-term ADHD medications.

If you have ADHD and even if you can afford to pay full price for ADHD medications now, what will happen to you if you lose your job or get a job with no ADHD medication coverage?

Nov 092015
 

It’s no secret among parents with ADHD that many children with ADHD have social skills problems and have difficulty making friends. Have a look at some of the research that Dr. Amori Mikami’s Peer Relationships in Childhood Lab has done on ADHD children. They are also not afraid to have some fun:)

Dr. Amori Mikami and the researchers and clinicians at her Peer Relations in Childhood LabIf you’re the parent of an ADHD child age 6-11 in the Vancouver BC area or willing to travel to Vancouver whose child

has ADHD and should have some difficulty getting along with peers, making or keeping friends, or with social skills. Other children in the study are typically developing without these concerns.

And want to help them learn social skills and make and keep friends? Then check out UBC psychology professor Dr. Amori Mikami’s new ADHD parent support group.

Dr. Amori Mikami, director of the Peer Relationships Lab and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC, has a special interest in designing interventions that teach parents strategies to assist children with peer problems. And now, she’s specifically looking at children with ADHD…

It’s no secret that childhood friendships can have a significant influence on the rest of our lives. Most adults, for example, can still remember who their best friends were when they were growing up. In addition to their sentimental value, psychology research tells us that these early peer relationships are crucial for feeling comfort and companionship as well as learning valuable social skills, such as sharing and compromising.

However, building friendships may not come naturally for children with ADHD. Their parents need to know how to talk to their child about peer problems – and how to help them with social issues. Dr. Amori Mikami, director of the Peer Relationships Lab and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC, has a special interest in designing interventions that teach parents strategies to assist children with peer problems. And now, she’s specifically looking at children with ADHD.

Here are the details of what they’re offering you.

For families of children with ADHD, we offer 10 weeks of parenting support groups.

The purpose of the groups is to help parents learn more about their child’s ADHD and social problems, to receive social support from other families going through the same thing, and to help parents better handle these issues in their children.

Groups take place on a weekday evening at a time that is convenient for parents. Groups are held at the Vancouver Coastal Health Sunrise site (2750 Hastings Street East, Vancouver) and child care is provided if needed.

In addition we ask for families to make up to four visits to UBC (over a 1 year period) to complete research measures about their child’s functioning, and we will want to ask teachers to report on how the child is doing in school. Payment is provided for completing these measures.

Children with ADHD do not have to already be diagnosed to take part in the study. It is okay if children are taking medication for ADHD as long as they are on a stable dose. And, it does not matter where families live in order to take part in the program, as long as families are willing to travel to Vancouver.

To find out more information or to sign up, please contact 604-822-8756 or peerlab@psych.ubc.ca

Oct 122014
 

Cross posted to Adult ADD Strengths.

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

Here’s the CADDAC Vancouver BC conference detail

Date: Saturday November 1st – Sunday November 2nd, 2014

Location:  BC Children’s Hospital, Chan Centre for Family Health Education

950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 4H4

Two full days of presentations on ADHD and related topics geared towards parents, educators, adults with ADHD and their families, and medical professionals. For more information about conference topics, please view our presentation descriptions.

Here are the fees

Vancouver local Dr Adele Diamond who’s lab focuses on studying the PFC Prefrontal Cortex and executive functions in children will be talking about Strategies and Activities for Aiding the Development of Executive Functions.

I’ve been to her cool interdisciplinary Brain Development and learning conferences and I always learn a lot and they are very well run see my post on the 2008 one on ADHD and stress and my post on her great 2013 one. Check out her links to resources here.

We also have 3 other BCers speaking  Dr. Jake Locke, Dr. Shimi Kang, and Dr. Don Duncan.

Anyone who knows ADHD even at a moderate level has likely heard of the ADHD researcher’s researcher, Dr. Russell Barkley. Here’s a list of some of his ADHD books.  Want to show people the science of adhd in adults? He wrote the book on it. I quote from it widely.

He’s also mentioned my list on Canadian ADHD support groups in one of his books, thanks for the mention eh? See his 40 hours of free videos on ADHD.

Gina Pera I’ve know for a long time online, will be nice to meet her in real life. She wrote a book called the ADHD Roller Coaster which has 4, count em, 4 chapters on denial.

I think she should sell those chapters as a separate ebook. The need is huge. I’ve lost track of how many people have told me they want me to coach their ADHD spouse but “they’re in denial” about ADHD.

Here’s the Featured speakers:

Dr. Russell Barkley Ph.D., is a world renowned expert in the field of ADHD, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina and a Diplomate (board certified) in three specialties: Clinical Psychology (ABPP), Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP).  Dr. Barkley is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has published 21 books, rating scales, and clinical manuals numbering 28 editions. He has also published more than 250 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders.

Dr. Adele Diamond Ph.D., is the Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Her work integrates developmental, cognitive, neuroscience, and molecular genetic approaches to examine fundamental questions about the development of the cognitive control abilities that rely on a region of the brain known as ‘prefrontal cortex’ and has changed medical practice worldwide for the treatment of PKU (phenylketonuria) and for the type of ADHD without hyperactivity. Her recent work, including a paper in the journal, Science, is affecting early education practices around the world.

Dr. Don Duncan MD, FRCPC, is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Kelowna, BC. He serves as Clinical Director of the BC Interior ADHD Clinic and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UBC. Dr. Duncan’s interest in ADHD comes from both personal and professional experience with the disorder. He has been diagnosed with ADHD himself and has children and siblings who have been diagnosed.

Dr. Shimi Kang MD, FRCPC, is the Medical Director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver Community, a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC, and the founder of the Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders Program at BC Children’s Hospital. She is the author of The Dolphin Way: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids Without Turning Into aTiger.

Dr. Jake Locke MD, FRCPC, is a UBC Clinical Associate Professor on Active Staff at BC Children’s Hospital for the past 20 years. After graduation form UBC Medical School he worked as a Family Physician for 8 years in Kelowna before returning to specialize in Child Psychiatry. He has a personal Mindfulness practice and is currently involved in 2 Mindfulness research projects.

Gina Pera intimately knows the impact of ADHD on adult life, especially relationships. Married 16 years to a scientist diagnosed at age 37, she has also supported thousands of adults with ADHD and their partners in their post-diagnosis journey. Her ground breaking book, Is It You, Me or Adult A.D.D.?, won four national book awards and was showcased on PBS TV stations nationwide.

Heidi Bernhardt RN, is a psychiatric nurse by training, mother of three young men with ADHD and the founder, President and Executive Director of CADDAC. Over the past 22 years, Heidi has helped raise awareness and understanding of ADHD among parents, educators, healthcare professionals, industry, and government through presentations, conferences, media interviews, and advocacy work.

Aug 212014
 

This is last minute but I just found out about it.

“I have ADHD but ADHD doesn’t have me”. Is a presentation at UBC Vancouver Aug 22nd. It’s on day 2 of The Summer Institute for Educators 2014, Promoting Mental Health In BC Schools.

Here is the full two day program which starts Thursday August 21st. Only $65 for 2 days. Here’s who it’s for and what it’s about.

Join other teachers, school counsellors, school support staff, school administrators, district staff, school health care professionals, parents, students and school community partners from districts across BC to:

• Exchange knowledge and practical strategies on how to foster school connectedness in classrooms and school communities;

• Improve awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use challenges;

• Hear from parents, students and families about collaborating and creating strong networks to actively support children and youth;

• Network with colleagues and partners in mental health and education.

They have one talk on the mental health condition that the largest number of students in BC schools have, ADHD. 8-10% of students in BC schools have ADHD.

See a one page summary of the statistics on ADHD in school.

Here’s my 5 pages of links for teachers of ADHD students on BCADHD.com blog. Summaries and Links to Articles, Ebooks and PowerPoints on Teaching Students with ADHD

 

Here’s the ADHD presentation.

“I have ADHD but ADHD doesn’t have me”.


Date:
Friday August 22nd. 10.45-12.00pm

Location: UBC, Room 204, Neville Scarfe Building, 2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC.

Description: Let’s talk about ADHD … Come and be a part of a discussion that focuses on what some of B.C.’s youth have said about their experience of living with ADHD and being at school. Hear from the Provincial ADHD Task Force, the F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health and two members of the ADHD Corner Youth Planning Team as we explore the strengths of students with ADHD and discuss their experience in the classroom environment.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Provide an opportunity to hear about the work being done by the Provincial ADHD Task Force
  • Highlight key statements made at the 2014 Youth Summit ADHD Corner by BC high school students about their experience at school and with medication
  • Identify strengths of students with ADHD and successful classroom strategies

FACILITATORS:

·Kimberley Korf-Uzan, Program Manager, Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre / Health Literacy, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

·Andrew Brown, SFU Gradutate Student and ADHD Corner Youth Planning Team Member

·Sarah Dunderdale, ADHD Corner Youth Planning Team Member

·Christie Durnin, a Director for The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health

The BC government choses to discriminate against ADHD students in BC classrooms. If you have a child in BC schools with ADHD who doesn’t have a learning disability or severe behaviour problem they are not required to get ADHD accommodations. They might, but totally at the whim of the school and the teachers.

BC Liberals refuse to change this. I’ve asked many BCNDP MLA’s to demand the govt stop discriminating against us in school, but they refuse to.

BCTF has not asked the govt to stop discriminating against ADHD students in their contract negotiations. So even if they get every single thing they want? ADHD students in BC schools will still suffer discrimination.

BC government got an Unsatisfactory/Fail Grade on the CADDAC Provincial ADHD School Report card page 2. Hopefully one day BC will rank up with more mental health friendly provinces like Alberta and Newfoundland. Here’s the BC grade.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Identification System

ADHD by itself can not determine the appropriate special needs category.

There are twelve categories of identification. Students with ADHD may be reported under any category, depending upon the intensity of the disability, but are most often reported under the categories of, learning disabilities, moderate behaviour supports/mental illness or intensive behavioural interventions / serious mental illness depending on their needs.

However, students with ADHD must be able to fit into the definitions of these categories to meet the criteria.

For moderate behaviour support needs, the criteria for reporting includes demonstration of behaviours such as aggression (of a physical, emotional or sexual nature) and/or hyperactivity.

Strengths

Some students who have additional coexisting disorders, can be identified under the category that applies to that disorder.

Weaknesses

If the student with ADHD does not have a coexisting Learning Disability or does not display significant disruptive behaviour, they will not be identified.

Students with ADHD and no diagnosed LD may be excluded from receiving accommodations for their academic disabilities.

This lack of recognition encourages educators to believe that ADHD is not a legitimate disability.

Recognition under behaviour can lead to academic weaknesses not being addressed and the students being stigmatized.

See the full Fairness in Education Campaign which calls on governments to recognize that students with ADHD have legitimate special learning needs and need appropriate supports to overcome their challenges in becoming academically successful. Read CADDAC’s Equitable Access to Education for all Canadians Paper.

Hopefully one day parents of ADHD children will start asking their BC MLA’s and the media to stop discriminating against us in school.

Maybe some BC teachers might organize some BC ADHD Awareness Week activities oct 13-19th 2014. I’d be happy to post them here and on our social media accounts. Please contact me