Help give the ADHD Community a voice by sharing your experiences moving through the systems in British Columbia specifically.
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What would have made your experiences better?
What are you dreams for a better system to support children and youth with ADHD?
Anything else you would like Ministry for Child and Family Development (MCFD) to know?
(Even how it intersects with other Ministries and the barriers that you may face because of it)
*We acknowledge that many families will not have had experiences with Child and Youth with Support Needs (CYSN) within MCFD. If this is you, you are someone we want to hear from!
See our press release below. This page will be continually developing, so check back often for more details!
ADHD BC launches a community engagement process in partnership
with the Ministry for Child and Family Development.
For Immediate Release
Nanaimo, BC - October 9th, 2023.
ADHD Advocacy Society of BC, founded last year by ADHD-identifying leaders, and funded by a generous grant from the Ministry for Child and Family Development (MCFD), and is launching a community engagement process to connect with diverse ADHD families and document their unique experiences, and what support services they need now and into the future.
“We know from lived experience and what we have heard from families across the province, that there has historically been no clear path to obtaining a diagnosis, let alone accessing any further support services with just an ADHD diagnosis. This engagement process is integral to inform the MCFD on what a new provincial Child and Youth with Support Needs (CYSN) system could look like for ADHD families across BC.” says Chantelle, Board Chair of ADHD Advocacy Society.
-There are approximately 70,000 children and youth from 0-19 who have ADHD in BC.
-CYSN currently does not accept children and youth with just an ADHD diagnosis.
-80% of adults and 44% of children with ADHD have at least one additional mental
health condition (e.g., anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders). ADHD and Mental Health: October is ADHD Awareness Month (caddac.ca)
If you live in British Columbia and your child or youth has been diagnosed with ADHD (or suspected to have ADHD), we want to hear from you!
To learn more about how you can be heard: www.adhdbcsociety.com
About ADHD BC
Founded in 2022, by 3 ADHD women, our mission is to remove barriers for the ADHD community so that they may equitably access services and resources in BC. We do this by advocating at all government levels for better support and services, and by creating and sharing resources and learning opportunities as well as engaging and informing the ADHD community and beyond.
Contact for Media:
Co-Founder and Chair, Board of Directors, ADHD Advocacy Society of BC