ADHD Advocacy Groups

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
ADHD advocacy groups exist on both the national and local level. Read on to learn about these organizations and how they support individuals with ADHD, along with their family members and educators.

Overview of ADHD Advocacy and Support Organizations

A variety of groups and organizations serve as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) advocates, conduct research and offer support to people impacted by ADHD. The groups listed below are among the most prolific and influential.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

CHADD ( is an ADHD-focused organization that offers several types of resources. These include an annual conference and a bi-monthly publication for members. CHADD has local chapters throughout the United States and abroad. They also run the National Resource Center on ADHD (NRC), which provides research, training and educational materials to educators and healthcare providers; organizes ADHD Awareness Month; and offers a public hotline that is accessible five days per week.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

ADDA focuses on assisting and advocating for adults with ADHD. The organization partakes in a wide array of advocacy efforts, which include lobbying for national policies to support adults with ADHD, supporting ADHD research, and providing programming for those who are transitioning to college or other post-secondary educational programs. ADDA also has virtual support groups and a webinar series for adults with ADHD. Detailed information regarding work and programming is available on the ADDA website (

LD OnLine

LD Online ( is the website for the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD), which was founded more than 40 years ago to advocate for children and adults who have learning disabilities. LD OnLine includes extensive ADHD support resources, which include information for teachers and the public, articles and columns by ADHD experts, and a directory of support resources.


ADDitude ( is a website and a magazine that provides strategies for raising and teaching children with ADHD, information and guidance to those who have been diagnosed with ADHD, an online community for discussion, and articles from experts in the field of ADHD.

Additional ADHD Information and Resources

Research indicates that around 11 percent of school-aged children and 4 percent of adults have ADHD. The number may be higher, given that many adults may not be properly diagnosed. To learn more about ADHD and how it impacts individuals, see this short video lesson that explores Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. For information about ADHD among adults, check out these lessons on Adult ADHD: Symptoms, Medication and Treatment and ADHD in Adult Women: Symptoms and Differences

ADHD Resources for Educators

Given that more than 1 in 10 children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, it is critical that educators are armed with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, manage and teach students with ADHD. has a variety of lessons to help educators do just that. To explore these resources, check out:

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