Sep 14, 2007

National ADHD Awareness Day Announced

For the fourth year in a row, Congress has declared that National ADHD Awareness Day take place in September--this year on Wednesday, September 19. You can read the official resolution by visiting

ADDITUDE magazine will mark the date by co-sponsoring a live video webcast presented by Shire and hosted by Ty Pennington. This will occur from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time and can be viewed at Viewers will be able to submit questions during the webcast. If you would like to do so, prepare your questions and plan to call (888) ASK-ADHD, or visit

The purpose of National ADHD Awareness Day is to acknowledge ADHD as a major public health concern and to encourage all Americans to learn more about ADHD, support ADHD mental-health services, and seek treatment and support if needed. The Senate resolution also notes the federal government's responsibility to "continue to consider ways to improve access and quality of mental-health services dedicated to improving the quality of life of children and adults with ADHD."

To help promote ADHD Awareness Day, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association is providing an Awareness Day Toolkit on their website. They offer free resources to help: promote ADHD Awareness Day, organize an Awareness Day event, and ideas on how to get the word out about ADHD Awareness Day. So, let's all do our part and make others aware of this important day in the hopes that they will learn the true meaning of this disorder.

--Portions taken from the ADDitude Newsletter.

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