Oct 082014
 

Cross posted to Adult ADD Strengths. 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.

My Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group volunteers and our partners are putting on the 3rd annual BC ADHD Awareness Week oct 14-20th to raise awareness of ADHD in adults and kids and reduce stigma. We have 120 BC libraries and bookstores doing ADHD book display in 60 communities in all regions of the province and an info table at Richmond Brighouse Library Friday October 17th.

Final BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 Badge with URL

Thanks to North Vancouver city councillor Guy Heywood , twitter @RGuyInNorthVan his North Vancouver city council profile

North Vancouver city councillor Guy Heywood

for proposing North Vancouver City Council declare BC ADHD Awareness Week. I hope more city councillors in BC and elsewhere in Canada follow your example and initiative in helping to raise awareness of ADHD in adults and children and teens and to reduce stigma by asking your mayor to declare BC ADHD Awareness week

Thanks to North Vancouver City Mayor Darrell Mussatto  twitter @DarrellMussatto on Facebook website  http://www.darrellmussatto.ca/

North Vancouver City Mayor Darrell Mussatto

For declaring BC ADHD Awareness Week. Hopefully more mayors in BC and in other provinces will follow your lead.

Here’s the official proclamation of  October 14-20th as BC ADHD Awareness Week by Mayor Darrell Mussatto.

North Vancouver City Council's Proclamation of BC ADHD Awareness Week October 14-20 2014

The City of North Vancouver’s Twitter account shared their support of BC ADHD Awareness Week

The City of North Vancouver’s Facebook page also shared it

North Vancouver City Library along with North Vancouver District’s Libraries, West Vancouver Library are doing their 3rd year of BC ADHD Awareness Week ADHD book displays. This year 120 BC Libraries in 60 communities are doing doing the same.

I spoke at North Vancouver city council meeting  @CityOfNorthVan https://www.facebook.com/CityOfNorthVancouver during their Public Input Period held at the beginning of council meeting. Only 2 minutes allowed. I thanked councillor Guy Heywood for proposing BC ADHD Awareness Week and Mayor Darrell Mussato for proclaiming it.

I also suggested that North Vancouver City council ask the new HOpe Center at Lions Gate Hospital to re open the BC Adult ADHD clinic there. The one that the BC Liberals killed in 2007 and abandoned the patients after a year long wait list.

video is at http://www.cnv.org/Your-Government/Council-Meetings/Council-Videos/2014-Council-Videos and select october 6th date

I start speaking at 6.47

At 9.20 Psychologist Dr Glen Davies, Director of The Able Developmental Clinic (West Vancouver and Surrey clinics) speaks on BC ADHD Awareness Week

Psychologist Dr Glen Davies, Director of The Able Developmental Clinic

At 16.58 Mayor Mussatto reads the Proclamation declaring October 14-20th  BC ADHD Awareness Week.

Mayor Mussatto said after Dr Glen Davies spoke that all members of North Vancouver City council support declaring BC ADHD Awareness Week.

I’m very pleased to hear that. Here’s a photo of them all including the Mayor.

north vancouver city mayor and city councilors

North Vancouver City Councillors. Back row: Councillor Craig Keating, Councillor Linda Buchanan, Councillor Guy Heywood, Councillor Rod Clark

Front row: Councillor Don Bell, Mayor Darrell Mussatto, Councillor Pam Bookham

Please ask other BC city councillors and mayors in your communities to follow The City of North Vancouver’s lead.

Sep 292014
 

All four Burnaby Libraries will have BC ADHD Awareness Week book displays Bob Prittie Metrotown, Cameron & Mcgill and Tommy Douglas.

Final BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 Badge with URL

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.

Burnaby Libraries with BC ADHD Awareness Week Book Displays

The Bob Prittie Metrotown Library

The Cameron Library

The Mcgill Library

The Tommy Douglas Library

If you live or work near those libraries, please drop in and check out their ADHD Book displays, thank the librarians for doing them and please take pictures of their book display with our ADHD Awareness Week poster.

Please put the pictures on your social media accounts with the library name, city and hashtag it #adhdawareness and #BC or email it me at pete@bcadhd.com with the library and city name and we’ll put it on our website, and our social media accounts.

Twitter

Facebook

Google +

Or you can put it on twitter and hashtag it #adhdawareness and #BC and we’ll retweet it

We’ll be updating the listing the new libraries and bookstores in different BC cities who’ve agreed to help get the word out on BC ADHD Awareness Week.

Ask a library or bookstore in your neighbourhood if they’ll participate.

Sep 272014
 

All 4 Richmond Libraries will have BC ADHD Awareness Week ADHD Book Displays for Oct 14-20th. Brighouse, Cambie, and Ironwood.Final BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 Badge with URL

I got diagnosed with ADHD because I saw a CHADD Richmond (sadly no longer around) ADHD Book display in Richmond’s Brighouse Library on the 2nd floor near the computer room with a list of ADHD symptoms many years ago.

That has inspired me to do ADHD book displays for BC ADHD Awareness Week along with volunteers of my Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group and our partners to develop awareness of ADHD in adults and children and to reduce the heavy stigma of ADHD in BC and beyond.

There will be books for children, teens and adults with ADHD, books by authors who have ADHD who have written non ADHD books, and our  ADHD Awareness Week Poster at all 4 Richmond BC libraries.

We will also have an Information table again at the Richmond Brighouse Library Lobby  at 100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, Friday October 17th 3pm to 9pm. See map

See the post of our info table at Brighouse last year here’s one of the photos.

ADHD info table at brighouse library richmond adhd awareness week 2013 #3

We’ll have ourADHD Awareness Week Poster and brochures on our Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group and CHADD Vancouver, the Adult ADHD screener test and other information on ADHD in adults and children.

I and our volunteers will be answering your questions on ADHD. Drop on by. Tell your family and friends.

Richmond Libraries with ADHD Awareness Week book displays:

Brighouse Library

Cambie Library

Ironwood Library

Steveston  Library

If you live or work near those libraries, please drop in and check out their ADHD Book displays, thank the librarians for doing them and please take pictures of their book display with our ADHD Awareness Week poster.

Please put the pictures on your social media accounts with the library name, city and hashtag it #adhdawareness and #BC or email it me at pete@bcadhd.com with the library and city name and we’ll put it on our website, and our social media accounts.

Twitter

Facebook

Google +

Or you can put it on twitter and hashtag it #adhdawareness and #BC and we’ll retweet it

We’ll be updating the listing the new libraries and bookstores in different BC cities who’ve agreed to help get the word out on BC ADHD Awareness Week.

Ask a library or bookstore in your neighbourhood if they’ll participate.

 

 

Sep 262014
 

Agassiz, Boston Bar, Chilliwack, Sardis, and Yarrow Libraries will have BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 ADHD Book Displays. Oct 14-20th.

Final BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 Badge with URL

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.

Agassiz Library

Boston Bar Library

Chilliwack Library

Sardis Library

Yarrow Library

If you live or work near those libraries, please drop in and check out their ADHD Book displays, thank the librarians for doing them and please take pictures of their book display with our ADHD Awareness Week poster.

Please put the pictures on your social media accounts with the library name, city and hashtag it #adhdawareness and #BC or email it me at pete@bcadhd.com with the library and city name and we’ll put it on our website, and our social media accounts.

Twitter

Facebook

Google +

Or you can put it on twitter and hashtag it #adhdawareness and #BC and we’ll retweet it

We’ll be updating the listing the new libraries and bookstores in different BC cities who’ve agreed to help get the word out on BC ADHD Awareness Week.

Ask a library or bookstore in your neighbourhood if they’ll participate.

 

 

Sep 242014
 

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

Final BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 Badge with URL

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

Kitsilano Library

Marpole Library

Mount Pleasant Library

Oakridge Library

Renfrew Library

South Hill Library

Strathcona Library

Terry Salman Library

West Point Grey Library

If you live or work near those libraries, please drop in and check out their ADHD Book displays, thank them for doing them and please take pictures of their book display with our ADHD Awareness Week poster.

Please put the pictures on your social media accounts with hashtag #adhdawareness and #BC or email it me at pete@bcadhd.com and we’ll put it on our website, and our social media accounts

Twitter

Facebook

Google +

Or you can put it on twitter and hashtag it #adhdawareness and #BC and we’ll retweet it

We’ll be updating the listing the new libraries and bookstores in different BC cities who’ve agreed to help get the word out on BC ADHD Awareness Week.

Ask a library or bookstore in your neighbourhood if they’ll participate.

 

 

Sep 082014
 

We’ve signed up all 9 Surrey Libraries to have BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 ADHD Book Displays. Oct 14-20th.

Final BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 Badge with URL

There will be ADHD books, books by authors who have ADHD, our ADHD Awareness Week Poster and Brochures on the only 2 ADHD support group in all of BC, My Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group and CHADD Vancouver, and the quick Harvard Adult ADHD Screener Test.

ADHD Book Displays at Surrey Public Libraries .

City Centre Library

Cloverdale Library

Fleetwood Library

Guilford Library

Newton Library

Ocean Park Library

Port Kells Library

Semiahmoo Library

Strawberry Hill Library

If you live or work near those libraries, please drop in and check out their ADHD Book displays, thank them for doing them and please take pictures of their book display with our ADHD Awareness Week poster.

Please put the pictures on your social media accounts with hashtag #adhdawareness #BC or email it me at pete@bcadhd.com and we’ll put it on our website, and our social media accounts

Twitter

Facebook

Google +

Or you can put it on twitter and hashtag it #adhdawareness #BC and we’ll retweet it

We’ll be updating the listing the new libraries and bookstores in different BC cities who’ve agreed to help get the word out on BC ADHD Awareness Week.

Ask a library or bookstore in your neighbourhood if they’ll participate.

 

Aug 312014
 

We’ve signed up Libraries in Vancouver, Vernon, Abbotsford and North Vancouver District to have BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 ADHD Book Displays. Oct 14-20th.

Final BC ADHD Awareness Week 2014 Badge with URL

There will be ADHD books, books by authors who have ADHD, our ADHD Awareness Week Poster and Brochures on the only 2 ADHD support group in all of BC, My Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group and CHADD Vancouver, and the quick Harvard Adult ADHD Screener Test.

Here’s the list so far, more to come.

Vancouver 

Vancouver Public Libraries

Kensington Library

North Vancouver District  

Capilano Library

Lynn Valley Library

Parkgate Library

Abbotsford

Abbotsford Community Library

Clearbrook Library

Mount Lehman Library

Surrey

Guilford Library

Okanagan Regional Library

Vernon

Vernon Library

If you live or work near those libraries, please drop in and check out their ADHD Book displays, thank them for doing them and please take pictures of their book display with our ADHD Awareness Week poster. Put it on your social media accounts with hashtag #adhdawarenessbc or email it me at pete@bcadhd.com and we’ll put it on our website, and our social media accounts

Twitter

Facebook

Google +

Or you can put it on twitter and hashtag it #adhdawarenessbc and we’ll retweet it

We’ll be updating the listing the new libraries and bookstores in different BC cities who’ve agreed to help get the word out on BC ADHD Awareness Week.

Ask a library or bookstore in your neighbourhood if they’ll participate.

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 

 

 

Jul 302014
 

BC ADHD Awareness Week this year is October 14-20th 2014. Tuesday to Monday because of Thanksgiving holiday on the 13th.

The Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group volunteers, I and our partners created 80 BC ADHD Awareness Week activities in 23  BC cities in 2013. 

The largest number of 2013 ADHD Awareness events of any province in Canada or any state in the USA.

See some of the photos of our activities here.  Media coverage is here http://bcadhd.com/category/media-coverage/ ADHD-Awareness-Poster-8.5x111.jpgADHD-Awareness-Poster-8.5x111.jpg Here’s our poster from last year.

BC ADHD Awareness Week Poster 8.5 x 11 for Web.jpg

Here’s the list of our 2012 BC ADHD Awareness Week List of Activities.

Would you like to help join us in raising awareness of ADHD in BC this year?

If so please email me or give me a call 604-263-6997

Thanks.

Pete Quily Adult ADHD coach and activist and Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group leader.

Jul 112014
 

NPA Vancouver politician Melissa De Genova, a park board commissioner, publicly shamed and stigmatized her opponent, Vision Vancouver park board commissioner Sarah Blyth, for getting help for ADHD at work while chair of the Vancouver park board (business coaching by a coach with an MBA in Executive Coaching) during a public City of Vancouver park board meeting May 26th 2014.

NPA Vancouver, is the Non Partisan Association, the partisan conservative civic political party in Vancouver, BC, Canada that attempts to pretend that it is not a partisan political party.

Here’s Sarah Blyth’s Facebook post on it, click through to check out the comments on her post, and add your own.

I’m going to describe the stigma that I felt the other night at our Park Board meeting.

I think it is important so that staff, management and public officials can ask for assistance if they need it. I have a few regrets over the past 5 years but I have done my best and I have always put the public first.

About a year ago I asked park board staff for help as I was chairing some contentious meetings. I was offered some coaching. Based on some insecurities that had built up over time from living with ADHD I wanted to make sure I was performing at a high level and not letting the people I serve down.

The coaching was good it helped me pinpoint what I needed to work on and gave me some tools, which in turn gave me confidence.

I would hate to think staff or future Commissioners would not have the opportunity to ask for help to do a better job if they needed it. And that people in General would not be able to seek help to do a better job if they needed it.

At a Public Park Board meeting There were questions asked about expenses related to coaching I received, Commissioner Jasper asked staff to bring to the board any related information and added that chairing the park board is at times a difficult job and that if a commissioner needed help that he thought it was reasonable, he also stated that I was open about having ADHD.

Then Melissa De Genova asked why the governing party would not elect someone capable of doing the job and that she had disabilities too.

As I was leaving Commissioner De Genova proceeded to follow me out the door asking why I was playing the poor me card the disability card for many to hear in dis-belief.

Stigmatizing someone for seeking help for ADHD, or any mental health condition or a workplace problem is unacceptable in this modern age.

Bullying people by shaming and stigmatizing them keeps many people from admitting they have a mental health condition or a problem and seeking diagnosis or treatment or help they need and deserve. It keeps many in the mental health closet. It makes the problem worse and often adds on other problems.

Instead of publicly shaming and stigmatizing people who admit they have a problem and want help, we should support and encourage them to be honest and open to seek help and improve themselves and become more skilled and productive in the workplace.”

Sarah Blyth is the first politician to go public with ADHD in North America while in office. I know for a fact she’s not the only one because I’ve coached others. As a poli sci major & long time politics junkie, I think many politicians have ADHD.

Sarah Blyth also helped to get Vancouver to be the first city in Canada to declare ADHD Awareness Week@sarahblyth is a single mom who works at a homeless shelter in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Sarah  Blyth

Sarah Blyth

Melissa De Genova has two learning disabilities, dyslexia and written output disorder, went to a $20,000 a year + private school for ADHD & Learning Disabilities, Fraser Academy, and is on the City of Vancouver’s Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee. Melissa is running for city council in November, Sarah is not running again.

NPA Vancouver politicians on Vancouver park board Melissa De Genova & John Coupar

NPA Vancouver’s 2 park board commissioners, Melissa De Genova and John Coupar. Photo by BlueAndWhiteArmy

So of ALL people, Melissa De Genova should know better. It’s OK to ask about a politician’s spending. But this is different.

I asked @MelissaDeGenova on twitter if she has ADHD, but while she answered my other questions, she did not answer that question.

NPA Vancouver’s Melissa De Genova shaming and stigmatization of someone for getting help with ADHD at work has been criticized by many people including CADDAC, the Center for ADHD Awareness, Canada and The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, but she has refused to apologize.

Not a single elected NPA Vancouver politician, NPA executive member, or NPA board of directors member has condemned Melissa De Genova’s remarks or demanded she retract them and apologize.

Do you think what NPA Vancouver politician Melissa De Genova did to her ADHD opponent Sarah Blyth is acceptable behaviour for an elected official?

Shouldn’t BCers demand better?