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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.


ADDA's Own "Scholar of Change"


One of the most exciting but unheralded events of the 2014 ADDA Conference in Orlando, Florida, was the debut presentation of ADDA’s Workshop for HR Professionals as a pre-conference session. This ground-breaking workshop was developed by ADDA's Workplace Issues Committee supported by Michelle Geiman, a graduate student at Walden University.

As part of the “Scholars of Change” contest, the winner receives $2,500 US to devote to charity. Guess who she's already pledged to donate the money to? That's right, ADDA! Should she win, Michelle has pledged to donate her $2,500 to ADDA.

Support ADDA by Supporting Michelle Geiman

1. Visit

2. Search for Michelle Geiman

3. Click the “Vote” button beneath the video.

4. Repeat every day until September 30, 2014.

Thank you for supporting Michelle, our "Scholar of Change", and for supporting ADDA! Learn 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»





ADHD in Adults

By Judy Brenis


ADHD in Adults“ADHD in adults is REAL,” says Jonathan Marx, MBA, Senior Vice President of InQuill Medical Communications, an award winning medical eduLinda cation and communications company with expertise in adult learning and multi-media web technologies.  “Most people don’t realize that adult ADHD is a serious disorder that, untreated, can wreak havoc on families, results in high rates of divorce, job loss, life-threatening accidents, alcohol and drug use disorders, and lower achievement levels and income.” Read More»



Measuring Up


By Linda Swanson

Measuring UpIt can be difficult for ADDers to achieve a strong, positive sense of their own identity. Starting in childhood they receive messages that they are different (and not in a good way) and don’t quite measure up to their peers. The sense of self-worth that is crucial for a happy and successful life is fragile in the face of all that negative information.  Read more»


Found Poetry


By Rebecca Adams

Found Poetry

Originally presented by Rebecca Adams at the 2014 ADDA Talent show in Orlando, FL, and now back by popular demand, Rebecca shares poetry that, apparently, she found just lying around!

Anyone can write "Found" Poetry.  It's easy and fun, and a great creative outlet. 

A Found Poem is a poem composed from pre-existing words – selected, arranged into lines, edited, repeated, etc. by the "author."  You can do anything you want with the words (I like to include the source at the end of poem.)  As a poet, I write found poems as "finger exercises."   Read more»


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