THE COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN (CFC)
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the largest workplace giving campaign in the world and an excellent and convenient way to support ADDA’s mission to help adults with ADHD lead better lives. ADDA’s CFC designation code is 11589
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The Affordable Care Act: What Disability Advocates Need to Know
Article is reprinted with permission from The Arc
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the disability community must work to better understand the law and the many benefits it can provide to people with disabilities. This will be critical to the community’s role in helping to move states forward with implementation. Click here for complete report.
Final mental health and substance use disorder rules break down financial barriers and provide consumer protections
The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury jointly issued a final rule increasing parity between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans.
The final rule implements the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and ensures that health plan features like copays, deductibles and visits limits are generally not more restrictive for mental health/substance abuse disorders benefits than they are for medical/surgical benefits.
AUCD Legislative News In Brief
On Tuesday March 4, 2014, President Obama released his FY 2015 budget request. The following is a link to a report and commentary developed by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), which breaks down the President’s funding proposals for programs important to people living with ADHD and other disabilities. A program budget such as the one for the Department of Health and Human Services can help to improve economic opportunity for people living with ADHD by providing investments in research, health care, and disease prevention. Read more»
Wish You’d Been There? Get the Recording!
ADDA’s 25th Anniversary Conference (held July 24-27, 2014) was phenomenal! Four days (including a full day of preconference workshops and sessions on July 24th!), with four fabulous keynote speakers and over 50 breakout sessions! Add to that numerous special events, such as the past and present board members panel, the Saturday night Gala with a panel discussion on 25 years of adult ADHD with Sari Solden, Dr. Ned Hallowell and Dr. Thomas Brown all in celebration of 25 years of ADDA! It was a celebration of one of the most creative, impulsive, adventurous tribes on Earth all gathered to share the latest research and up-to-the-minute, leading-edge strategies for succeeding with adult ADHD.
And we’ve got it all on tape! (Well, not “tape,” really, but you know what we mean…
LSAT Administrators Can No Longer Defend Discrimination as “Free Speech!”
Listen to Attention Talk Radio Host, Jeff Copper Interview Robert Tudisco
Here is a huge victory for students with ADHD and other disabilities. It is a perfect example of the power of a unified voice. Unfortunately, the fight is not over. This is a solid first step, but there are several other high stakes tests, like the LSAT, that still discriminate against students with ADHD and other disabilities. We can't stop until discrimination ends for all students with ADHD and other disabilities. Read more»
Courage Doesn’t Always Roar
By Linda Swanson
Marriage with ADHD is challenging! The divorce rate of couples with at least one ADHD partner is double that of non-ADHD couples. Every marriage has its challenges, but ADHD ensures there will be times when it seems impossible to keep things together.
Neil and I have been married nearly forty-six years. We’ve had wonderful times together, but we’ve also been through some rough patches and times when all that held us together was our love for each other and our determination to make it work for the sake of our children.
Our generation didn’t know about ADHD. Neil and I were married thirty-five years before we discovered that ADHD was behind many of our struggles.
Today, Neil and I are both ADHD coaches. Neil’s coaching is powerful because of his experience as one who has ADHD himself. My coaching benefits from my having experienced life with Neil before and after learning about ADHD. Our life together has taught us many lessons we now share with others. Read More»
ADHD is NOT the STORY of YOUR LIFE
By Michelle Frank, Psy.D.
According to Neil DiGrasse Tyson, heir to Carl Sagan, and his Cosmos colleagues (along with numerous other astrophysicist geniuses), if we were to condense the history of the universe into one year, referred to as the “Cosmic Calendar,” where the Big Bang took place January 1 at midnight, and the current moment is midnight, December 31, most everything we study and talk about in human history would have occurred in the last second of December’s last day. On that scale, the longest human life would pass in the blink of an eye, about one quarter of one second.
Think about it. Be blown away by both the majesty and the insignificance of your existence.
Our lives are at once miniscule and incredibly powerful. Our minds even more so, for they experience the world and help us understand the limits by which we are bound. Understanding that our minds and lives are simultaneously microscopic and infinitely expansive, subject to biology yet also incomprehensibly dynamic, we begin to see that our perception is malleable and powerful. Our experiences, the thoughts we have every day, are just a tiny part of existence yet they can also feel like everything. One second can fly by, or it can feel like such a long, long time; it can feel like forever.
Our lives become what we make them. Read more»