End of Year Updates from 2020 Newsletters

by Lee Gehrls R&D Coordinator (Volunteer)

We launched this newsletter on May 3, 2020 and several of the resources that were in our feature articles that year have had a few changes. I want to bring you up to date on the information and services that are currently available. The December newsletter will cover the feature articles from 2021 which have made changes.

Thank you for reading and learning with us!

September 2020 Positive Steps Newsletter

ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association)

They provide education and information on adult ADHD and are known for the wide variety of virtual support and work groups for adults. The current count is 18 different support groups and 16 different work groups, far too many to list here. However you can see all of the groups at this link where you can get a full description of each group and when they meet. You do need to be a member of ADDA to participate in a group. Again ADDA offers various levels of memberships, and you can find that information on their website too.


This organization has a fresh look and several new services. All of the contributors at Understood are educators and their mission is to provide information and resources to parents who have kids who have learning differences and attention issues. They offer the same support to educators so they can be their best when working with students. Information is still available in Spanish.

New options:

  • A podcast where you will hear real experiences and personal stories. There is also a podcast archive to check out. 
  • Take N.O.T.E allows you to gather information on learning struggles and find people who can help you. It is not a substitute for getting a proper evaluation or assessment.
  • Wunder Community App is a place for parents to connect and also get support from the Understood team.

October 2020 Positive Steps Newsletter

Ann Dolin, author of Homework Made Simple, and founder of Educational Connections continues to have free information and fee for services options on their new website. However it is no longer just a tutoring and test prep resource but has shifted to having educational coaches for students and they work with students virtually.

December 2020 Positive Steps Newsletter

NAMI St. Cloud Support Group

The support group now offers a hybrid meeting schedule offering Zoom and in-person support group meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.  They meet at the St. Cloud Stand Down Building located at 724 33rd Avenue North in St. Cloud (across from the former Electrolux building).

You can find further information on their website along with information on how to register for the virtual meetings. These are not peer support group meetings but are for family members, caregivers, and friends of those who live with mental illness. 

Check out their Homepage to learn about the other services they offer which includes newsletters, education, training, and much more.

Congratulations to the entire NAMI St. Cloud  team for hosting their 34th Annual Mental Health Conference on Friday, October 1, 2021 at Calvary Community Church – “Mental Health Recovery: Beginning Where You Are”. If you missed it, mark your calendar to check it out next fall.


I hope you will take a few minutes to check out the changes to these resources. It’s always best to be informed ahead of time so when you need help and support you know exactly where to go.

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