Message from the Editor: The Story Can Finally Be Told

Every year, the ADDA Board of Directors and Professional Advisory Board, along with a few other major supporters, meet for a three-day virtual Face-to-Face “State of the Organization” retreat. I’ll spare you the details, but I think it’s important to give you the inside scoop.  So, I want to let you in on a little secret….

This time last year, ADDA was on the brink of extinction.

YOU kept ADDA alive.

One year ago, the first question we asked ourselves at the annual Face-to-Face meeting was: Is it time to close the doors?

No one could stomach the thought, but we knew we had to face the music and start asking the really hard questions. We spent days mulling over the answers.

Ultimately, we all agreed that we couldn’t imagine walking away because ADDA has changed each of our lives and we believe it has changed yours too. We don’t do this to make money, we do this hard work because we believe that ADDA makes a difference – a big difference – in the world. ADDA provides hope, delivers information and resources, facilitates connection, and fuels empowerment. So although we were struggling – badly – we couldn’t turn away.

We refused to give up and we chose to do what adults with ADHD do best: We persevered.

This year, as we opened our annual Face-to-Face meeting, instead of asking if we can exist, we were able to ask ourselves what challenges we want to take on next! Rick Green, of, posed the question: As an organization, what is the change we most want to bring to the world? As everyone chimed in, one by one, we kept returning to the very words highlighted in our new tag line: 

Serve. Connect. Empower.

We think we’re on the right track. Not only did ADDA keep its doors open this year, it blossomed. We are not just surviving, we are thriving.  Our purpose, our passion, our resolve, and every project we take on – have been re-imagined, re-created, and renewed…down to the Web site! (Thank goodness, isn’t the new one SO much better?!) We have YOU to thank for all of it!

So, if you have days of doubt, as everyone does, please remember:

Because of you… we didn’t give up when things looked dark and stormy.

Because of you… we kept pushing on, we danced in the rain.

Because of you… we didn’t lose hope and trusted in the promise of growth.

Because of you… we keep marching on, we are dancing under sunny skies.

This holiday season, we hope you know: YOU are the sun.

Every single one of you who subscribe to the ADDA Insider, keep up with our Web site, attend our webinars, share us with your friends, comment on our articles to spur discussion, follow us on social media, donate time or money, send in an encouraging comment or helpful suggestion, those who recently joined ADDA, and especially those who remain loyal members and life-long supporters of our mission: We sincerely, humbly, whole-heartedly THANK YOU.

Thank you for your loyalty, your belief, your contributions, your ideas, your time, the precious reserves of your attention, and – most of all – for lighting our way, even if you had no idea that you have always been – and will continue to be – our most cherished source of inspiration and hope.

Thank you for believing in us,

We’ll keep making you proud!

Until next week,

Believe in yourself!

Michelle Frank, Psy.D.
ADDA Insider Editor


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      • Sally Akehi
      • December 9, 2015

      I am very thankful that you decided to persevere even when the doubts seem to be overwhelming the ship! You kept thinking of the people you had helped the collective “US” – I mean us people!! Us who are constantly feeling under pressure, constantly forgetting things, or running into ourselves going on a different track. We often feel “ashamed” because we did something (or didn’t do something) that anyone our age or position or experience (or just Humanness) would never do. For example, I signed up for the webinar tonight on “Shame” at 9:00PM, fully intending to attend. We had a late choir rehearsal tonight, got home around ten to nine, and I had a few things to do. About 9:30 I finally realized what time it was, and what day it was. “Caught again”! I know I can listen to it in the ADDA Library, but that is NOT the point, as you know!
      My point is that the ADDA Association should NEVER give up in what they do, offering guidance, offering connections, offering hope to people who really need it! No, we don’t have an observable handicap to help people realize that we might need some extra consideration. But as one of the members of an online group once posted, “No, we don’t have broken bones, or a broken shoulder, no, what WE have is broken Chemicals !” Sally Akehi

    1. Reply

      Brilliant piece, Dr. Frank! This reminds me to renew my Membership! I believe in ADDA and support your efforts! Keep Moving Forward!

        • adda-ADMIN
        • December 13, 2015

        Thank you for your kind words and for contributing to ADDA. We believe in us too!

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