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
. Help us make a difference in the lives of adults with ADHD all year long!
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.
A Guide to Surviving in the Wilderness (and Other Places) with ADHD
By Michelle Frank, Psy.D.
On a recent camping trip to enjoy the Fall colors, my cousins and I were searching for games to play around the campfire when we stumbled upon a friend's old deck of Wilderness Survival Tips cards. I'm not sure if they were meant to be funny but they entertained us for hours. The tips and tricks were not so tricky, after all. Some were nearly sarcastic in their simplicity; others hyperbolic, catastrophic and generally gloomy. Charming!
Did you know, for instance, that necessary camping supplies include a space blanket, barometer, weather computer and avalanche pick? Otherwise, good luck to you. If your friends get lost, secure a six mile perimeter, and perform a grid search. Despite such efforts, the prognosis seems to be: "Outlook not good"! (So much for my mother's advice to "Stay put and wait!")
For all its outrageousness, some of the best advice was so obvious it was nearly insulting, albeit valid.
How to Survive a Bear Attack? Do not go where bears may be lurking.
What Do You Do If There's An Avalanche? Do not go where there may be avalanches.
What To Do If You Spot a Mountain Lion: You shouldn't be wherever there may be mountain lions.
Duh. [Insert teenage annoyance and eye roll here.]
Slightly offended by the lack of complexity this "guide" had to offer, I credit it for its honesty. It made me think how we often overlook our own simple needs. Read more»
Decision Made? Now Comes the Easy Part
By Matthew Cunningham
How to Budget for the ADDA Conference
After attending the ADDA conference in Detroit, I realized I need this every year. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” Once you decide to go to the ADDA Conference, everything gets easier. I was able to attend the Conference when friends who wanted to go stayed home. They couldn’t decide if they were going. They wanted to go, but felt they couldn’t commit if didn’t know how it would all happen…
Could they get time off work? Could they afford it? Or could they find someone to share a room with? It was like they couldn’t start their journey until they knew all the traffic lights were green between them and their destination!
Everything about attending the ADDA Conference became easier once the decision was made. Read more»
Finding the Hidden Value in the ADHD Developer
Recently an excellent article on ADHD in the IT industry appeared on TechRepublic.com. It states, "ADHD has become a cultural punchline, not well-understood or considered; but those adults who carry it have traits that can work to IT's advantage.” The article goes on to point out both the potential challenges and advantages of having employees (in this case, developers, but equally applicable to other positions and industries) with ADHD. Read more»