Attention Deficit Disorder Association (Wilmington, DE)

Name

  • Name:Kyle Dopfel

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Attention Deficit Disorder Association
  • Address:PO Box 7557
    Wilmington, DE 19803-9997
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:800.939.1019

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Mobile phone:(302)658-7174

User Email

Location

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General

  • Mission:
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental health and developmental disability that impairs the brain’s executive functions. AD/HD impacts the behavior, learning and cognition, and emotional functioning of effected individuals. One’s self-control and ability to function are negatively impacted, fostering feelings of isolation and misunderstanding.

    The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is an international non-profit organization that promotes international collaboration in the field of AD/HD diagnosis, treatment and management. We provide hope, empowerment and connections worldwide by bringing together science and the human experience for both adults with AD/HD and professionals who serve them. ADDA provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with AD/HD lead better lives.

  • History:
  • ADDA provides an avenue for a typically underserved population, adults with a mental health disorder. Our mission is to provide information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with AD/HD lead better lives.

    Since its establishment in 1989, ADDA has experienced remarkable growth due to better understanding of AD/HD as a disability which challenges individuals throughout the life span. This growth has been visible in the form of membership volume, a growing internet community and an increase in member outreach and awareness activities over the past 20 years .

    As over ninety percent of our members reside in the United States and Canada, ADDA employs an array of outreach efforts to connect with the adult AD/HD community. ADDA’s outreach efforts include numerous activities and resources, such as national and regional conferences, teleconferences, audio and video tapes, monthly e-news, and an interactive website as the organization embraces the use of technological advances as a tool to support and enhance the adult AD/HD community.

    In the last five years, ADDA has programmatically transitioned from only providing conferences and publications to establishing a WEB based presence; partnering with other national associations to raise public awareness, support adults challenged with AD/HD; and advocate for adults with AD/HD for appropriate screening, diagnosis, treatment and accommodations in the workplace and institutions. Most of the actual work of the organization is performed by the ADDA volunteers, committees and work groups under the direction of the volunteer Board. Part-time contractual services are utilized as needed.

    ADDA’s most popular initiative, webinars, allow more than 100 people to login online, communicate with other participants, and view slides as a mental health expert presents on AD/HD related topics. This free teleclass series, started in 2008 and held weekly throughout most of the year, is attended by adults with ADHD and their families and by many professionals who provide services. Participants direct their questions to the speaker via the Web and hear them answered live. Through this interactive medium, people all over the world learn more about living with AD/HD, share challenges and advice, build connections within the community and converse with professionals of the field from the comfort of their own home.

    The overwhelmingly positive responses of ADDA members to the educational webinars and the opportunities to converse with AD/HD diagnosed peers for short periods of time have led to the AADVEC initiative. AADVEC will foster dialogue in various AD/HD topics, such as employment concerns, family issues, suggestions for coping with mid to late life diagnoses, and other desired areas depending on the interests of participants.

    With the support of the Lawrence Foundation and other funders, ADDA will develop a free, online venue to facilitate the development of a community for adults with AD/HD for ADDA members, mental health professionals, and interested guests that is accessible at any time of day. Upon creation of AADVEC, THE internet-based community, ADDA envisions expanding the community to include satellite locations for physical meetings of AD/HD support groups.

  • Year established:1989
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:28
  • Staff size:65

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
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