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ADHD Awareness Week

ADHD Awareness Week 2011 was a great success with events and activities happening all across the country and on the Internet, and capturing the notice of numerous regional and local media outlets resulting in articles, interviews & feature stories.

The 2012 theme for the annual ADHD Awareness Week is...

"The Many Faces of ADHD”

We want to make this year’s events even better than last years, and we need everyone’s participation, so...

Mark your calendar for

2012 ADHD Awareness Week
October 14-20, 2012.

Click here to go and download the "The Many Faces of ADHD Fact Sheets."

ADDA was part of a historic partnership of organizations who came together to promote ADHD Awareness Week: CHADD, ACO and ADDitude Magazine. This collaboration led to the creation of the website ADHD Awareness Week where you can find information about ADHD and links to the other organizations’ awareness activities. We encourage you to visit the site and use the materials in your community.

You Can Help Increase Awareness


One of the easiest and most effective things you can do to promote awareness in your own community is to print the poster below and post it in your community on bulletin boards or in the windows of local businesses. A small amount of time can make a tremendous difference.

Download a list of 7 Facts everyone should know about ADHD that can be emailed or downloaded, printed, and posted.

What You Can Do activities list of activities that members of the public can engage in to help promote awareness.


Download the useful resources below, vetted by national experts, and spread them widely in your place of work, community, and schools!

The many faces of ADHD FACT SHEETS

In English

En Español

Getting Specific

Common challenges surface for those with ADHD. We’ve developed posters and handouts that address a few of these: motivation, task completion, and the propensity for addiction.

We also encourage you to notify your local library and/or bookstores about awareness week and to ask them if they could make a special display table of books about ADHD and to perhaps include the flier. Even if they simply use books that they already have on the shelf, this draws additional attention to the cause.

ADDA is the world’s leading non-profit organization for adults with ADHD. Since the beginning, ADDA has led nationwide awareness activities in an effort to accomplish its mission of providing hope, encouragement and connection worldwide, for adults with ADHD and the professionals who serve them.

Read the ADHD Awareness Week Press Release or the ADHD Awareness Week 2012 announcement.


As a valued partner of Shire, we would like you to know about the following activities that Shire will be sponsoring and launching this October during ADHD Awareness Week, October 15-19. As an advocate, we hope that you will consider placing the attached banner on your Web site to promote ADHD Awareness Week to your members and their families.

Ways you can help to increase awareness:

  1. Promote Shire’s activities on your Web site as a news story
  2. Include information in your e-mail newsletters
  3. Forward this e-mail to your organization chapters and/or members 
  4. Consider placing the attached banner on your Web site.

The banner will link to Shire’s Web site, where visitors can get information about ADHD Awareness Week. 

Placing the banner on your Web site is easy! Simply paste the following code wherever you want the banner to appear:

If you need assistance, please call 418-810-8862.


ADHD Awareness Week Update

Rock ADHD Awareness Week with Shire!
Climb the wall – Shire is sponsoring four rock-wall climbs in four different cities, each designed to raise awareness and support for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), during national ADHD Awareness Week.

These events feature an outdoor rock climb in the following locations from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The rock wall events are being held to benefit local groups that provide educational resources and other services to individuals with ADHD.

  • Washington, DC , George Washington University , Monday, October 15 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Philadelphia , People’s Plaza, Tuesday, October 16 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • San Diego , Liberty Station, Tuesday, October 16 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Boston , City Hall Plaza , Wednesday, October 17 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

The ADHD advocacy community is invited to attend an event.  You can also show your support of those with ADHD and their families by climbing the rock wall. For every climber who reaches the summit, Shire (sponsor of the event) will make a donation to local organizations, with a maximum donation of $10,000 per US rock wall location. The rock wall will be available for climbing, free of charge.

2013 ADHD Scholarship

Also during ADHD Awareness Week, Shire will launch the 2013 ADHD Scholarship Program, which provides a $2,000 award and a year of coaching services to individuals diagnosed with ADHD who are pursuing higher education.  For more information, including rules and regulations and frequently asked questions, visit

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