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Attention Deficit Disorder Association

July 2013

A Message From the Editor

If you missed the 2013 ADDA Conference, all I can say is, "Never do that again!"  Wow!  I got back from the Conference (driving with three other attendees from Detroit to Montreal) in the wee hours of Monday morning.

The ADDA Conference was fantastic.  While we were at the conference in the Renaissance Center right on the waterfront, Detroit declared bankruptcy (totally not our fault!)  We had attendees from everywhere in the U.S., of course, as well as a large Canadian contingent.  But we had someone there from Tokyo, another from Denmark and one from the Netherlands (and those were just the people I met... I bet there were people from other exotic locales.)

One attendee who flew in with his wife from California said, "You told me this Conference would change my life.  You told me the Talent Show would be unforgettable.  You told me it would be unlike any other conference.  I thought it would be good, but some of that must be hype.  Now, all I can say is, you really undersold it."

This Conference did change people’s lives.  The Talent Show was touching and poignant, and a demonstration of amazingly talented people. People connected with new friends, other adults with ADHD who instantly "get" you, and who I am certain will become lifelong friends. Read more»

Many ADDA Conference attendees had the good fortune to meet Peggy Ramundo, one half of the famous writing duo responsible for the classic book for adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, "You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!"  At the Talent Show and at the Celebration Dinner, Peggy shared her memories of her friendship and collaboration with Kate Kelly who passed away this past year.  Unfortunately, we have very sad news to pass along today.

Peggy’s son Roger died yesterday in a tragic incident.  A Memorial Service for Roger Jeremy, Peggy Ramundo's beloved son will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 28 at Garden Park Unity on West Galbraith Road, Cincinnati.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cincinnati SPCA or Guiding Eyes for the Blind, two organizations that Jeremy supported.

Please keep Peggy and her family in your hearts during this difficult time and help us spread the word to her ADDA family.

More Resources for Adults with ADHD

And here are some of those great resources for adults with ADHD we were talking about!

ADHD-Friendly Technology in the Workplace
By Jay Carter

Rick GreenTechnology is an essential tool for many people, especially for adults with ADHD, but it can be a nightmare for some. Certain adults with ADHD are drawn to technology and have a strong affinity for it; technology just seems to work well with the way their brains work. For people like that, working with technology equates to playing. At the opposite end of the spectrum, there are people who simply don’t feel comfortable with technology; for them, using technology is akin to being lost in a foreign land where they don’t speak the language or understand the customs. Even technology that seems to work great for everyone else gives them fits!

Luckily, few of us are this technology-averse, and most of us fall somewhere between the two extremes. If you can work with technology, you’ll find it most useful when you choose technology that works well for ADHDers. Read more»

New Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD
By Dr. David Rabiner

The American Psychiatric Association recently published DSM-V, the first major revision to the diagnostic manual for psychiatric disorders since 1994. In DSM-V, ADHD is included in the section on Neurodevelopmental Disorders, rather than being grouped with the disruptive behavior disorders, i.e., Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. This change better reflects the way ADHD is currently conceptualized. In this article, I review changes that have been made to the actual diagnostic criteria for ADHD. Read more»

To your success,

Duane Gordon
ADDA eNews Editor


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