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Is ADHD Protected Under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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The answer to the question is somewhat long and complicated. So we will begin with writing that while someone with ADHD may qualify for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act, not everyone with the diagnosis of ADHD will qualify. And that may include you or your child.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was established by Congress in 1990. The purpose of the Act is to end discrimination against persons with disabilities when it comes to housing, education, public transportation, recreation, health services, voting, and access to public services. It also aims to provide equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The ADA was written to offer protections to individuals with disabilities, not individuals with any particular diagnosis. The Americans with Disabilities Act seeks to protect individuals with significant impairments in function.

ADD & ADHD Drugs War For Children

Pills for ChildrenShould we really be giving ADD & ADHD hyperactivity drugs like Ritalin to our growing boys and girls? Are we willing to take the risks of short term and unknown long term side effects or rather, are the kids willing? Have we stopped to care what emotional impact forcing these decisions on our children will have on their psyche?

NTID Develops Test for ADHD in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Adults

NTID News – June 24, 2009

“The Attention Deficit Scales for Adults: Sign Language Version” is now available from NTID. The DVD enables more accurate screening for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for deaf and hard-of-hearing adults using sign language.”

A DVD that uses American Sign Language and English-based sign language to test for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in deaf and hard-of-hearing adults is now available.

The Hostile Takeover of Childhood

“Irresponsible, manipulative, and deceitful marketing efforts push products and programs that harm children physically, emotionally, socially, mentally, morally, and even spiritually. Children today face increased exposure to sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, guns, foul language, bullying, violence, and fattening foods. And many of us are simply standing by as increased materialism and commercialism undermine our culture’s basic values.” — Daniel S. Acuff and Robert
H. Reiher, Kidnapped: How Irresponsible Marketers Are Stealing the Minds of Your Children (2005)

We’ve All Grown Into Our Disorders – Patty Fedeli Column

Jun 12, 2009

In the midst of a swine flu epidemic, rising numbers of dangerously undiagnosed cases of lyme disease, and the daily threat of contaminated food, I laughed myself sick when I read the article in last week’s Nugget entitled, Regaining Focus.

It warned every Canadian to be aware they may have Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Backed Into a Treatment Corner

By Claudia Gold
March 30, 2009

IMAGINE YOU live in a small town, and your son is found to have a brain tumor. Faced with such a devastating illness, you would not hesitate to find the means to get to a medical center, even if it were in a city more than an hour from your home. You probably would search for high-quality specialists to provide the best care possible.

But consider that your son has another serious illness affecting his brain, but one you cannot see on a scan. I am referring to serious mental illness. Rather than assuming that this child deserves to have access to the same specialized care, our culture has colluded in the belief that a primary care doctor will be an acceptable provider of care.

Education About Toxic Vaccines is Sweeping the Nation

By Mary Tocco
March 18, 2009

Public awareness about problems associated with childhood vaccines is paramount. Concern is spreading like wild-fire. Parents across the country are not just going with the flow; they are questioning the issues of safety, efficacy and lack of long-term studies that the medical community continues to ignore.

University of Central Florida Study: Hyperactivity Enables Children With ADHD to Stay Alert

Monday, March 9, 2009

A new University of Central Florida study may explain why children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder move around a lot — it helps them stay
alert enough to complete challenging tasks.

Common Vision Problem Often Misdiagnosed As ADHD

Reporting Kellye Lynn

If you think your child had ADHD or a learning problem, it could be a commonly misdiagnosed vision problem that glasses won’t fix.

Inattention, inability to focus, lack of interest in academic activities–they’re symptoms frequently associated with ADHD.

BC Medical Association: ADHD-The Sleeper Illness That Affects More People Than We Realize

BCMA proposes recommendations to rectify this

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Feb. 23, 2009) – Less than half of British Columbia’s estimated 30,900 youth with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
Disorder (ADHD) receives either an accurate diagnosis or regular medical treatment. As well, patients properly diagnosed with ADHD have found that demand
for effective health services greatly exceeds the supply. This can result in serious social consequences: crime, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency
and traffic accidents; and economic consequences: more than $500 million each year just to pay for direct health, education and justice related costs.