ADDA Position Statement on the 2016 US Presidential Election

Following the most contentious, divisive election in the history of the United States, we know there may be understandable consternation and uncertainty among ADDA members. Some might wonder if recent and upcoming political events will impact our tight-knit community here at ADDA.

ADDA is proudly welcoming and supportive of all people, regardless of their backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. At ADDA, diversity is “baked into the cake”. For our members, we prefer to think of “neuro-diversity” rather than disability and, just as we combat prejudice against all people with ADHD, we are proud to support all who join us in combatting discrimination against all people with differences, both visible and invisible.  We remain absolutely committed to supporting all members of our community.

We would like to reassure members that ADDA is welcoming, that we respect and encourage diversity in our membership, and that for us it is business as usual in making connections and honoring our mission.

ADDA’s future depends on what we, as adults with ADHD, do to help ourselves and our community. Certainly, we can accomplish far more if we all work together.

As an organization dedicated to supporting adults with ADHD,  we will continue to speak for our population — to advocate and educate. It is up to all of us to make sure that our representatives do not dismantle the rights that have been extended to people with disabilities. We will continue to advocate for access to mental health services and equal opportunities for all, as we have always done.

We are grateful to have the opportunity to support, connect, and empower the ADHD community, and we will remain steadfast advocates for our members.

Michelle Frank, ADDA Vice President & Duane Gordon, ADDA President

About ADDA

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is the world’s leading adult ADHD organization. Our mission is to provide information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) lead better lives. We are an international non-profit organization, founded over 25 years ago by adult ADHD support group leaders to share information, resources and provide support for one another. In the years since its inception, ADDA has grown to become the source for information and resources exclusively for and about the adult ADHD community.

Our goal is to generate hope, awareness, empowerment and connections worldwide in the field of ADHD.  ADDA brings together scientific perspectives and the human experience. The information and resources provided to individuals and families affected by ADHD and professionals who serve them focuses on the diagnosis, treatments, strategies and techniques for helping adults with ADHD lead better lives.

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