By Lee Gehrls, Volunteer Resource Development Coordinator
October is a big deal at our nonprofit, Attention Deficit Awareness of Minnesota, Inc. (A-D-A-MSM) and all ADHD organizations. October is a big deal with professionals and families who have or are interested in ADHD and all the related issues and other conditions and medical problems that can go along with it. I remember when my son was diagnosed at age seven, 30 years ago, there was no special recognition on ADHD. As a matter of fact there was hardly any information available in the form of books, videos or on the Internet.
Twelve years ago on September 7, 2004, the United States Senate passed a resolution saying that this day would be recognized as ADHD Awareness Day. This was a major accomplishment because finally ADHD was being recognized that yes it’s real, it’s definitely treatable and there are resources for people to take advantage of to manage it.
Then in 2010 it grew to ADHD Awareness Week and was designated to be held around mid-October and to continue as an annual event. I remember this was when a big push was made to educate the public and to make sure people had good reliable information because there was a lot of misinformation floating around.
By 2013 ADHD was not only being recognized in this country but also around the world and the whole month of October became ADHD Awareness Month not only in the United States but internationally. During the month you will see articles on ADHD, stories on families and reports on new research in newspapers, television newscasts and radio programs. It’s a much deserved focus on not just the problems but also on the successes and letting everyone know there are many resources today on a local, state and national level.
We are proud to say that A-D-A-MSM is doing its part to celebrate the month by co-sponsoring a special Saturday evening workshop with Resource Training & Solutions on October 8, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Resource’s beautiful new office in Sartell, MN. The workshop won’t feature just one presenter but three different presenters:
– Toby Stumpf, author of Journal of an ADHD Kid – the Good, the Bad and the Useful and his Mom, Dawn Schaefer-Stumpf, MEd, Teacher, Author and Parent Support Group Facilitator at the Annandale School District.
– Michael Imholte, a young adult who is successfully living with ADHD.
– Gary A. Snead, D.O., a well known St. Cloud pediatrician who has been working with children and adults with ADHD and their families for 25 years and will share his expertise on what you need to do to have a good office visit.
Peggy Imholte, Parent Educator at Resource, has arranged for vendors from our area who provide services and support for those with ADHD to be present at the workshop so you can visit with them and learn about their services. Please join us for a special evening of learning and asking questions. Visit our website and read the blogs that we have posted about our featured speakers and while you’re there, register for the workshop. Be an active participant in National ADHD Awareness Month and help spread the word – ADHD is a fact and a challenge but today you can manage it and go on to have a fulfilling and a successful life.