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Attention Deficit Disorders Association-Southern Region

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health Associations, Personal Social Services, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: ADDA-SR is a non-profit organization. Their mission is to: * Provide a resource network * To support individuals impacted by attention deficit disorders and related conditions * To advocate for the development of community resources and services that meet the education, social, and health care needs of all individuals with ADD/ADHD * To keep the public informed on the disorder through the media, an association newsletter, referral service, monthly chapter meetings, education programs, parent and adult services, as well as conferences and workshops.

Results: Continuous events educating parents, educators and health care providers. Along with our workshops and our annual conference, we have added webinars. We have increasing phone calls for those seeking help that have little or no funds and no insurance.

Target demographics: Anyone interested in ADHD

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000 +/-

Geographic areas served: Based in Texas but serve anyone

Programs: Educational conference featuring nationally know speakers and educators attended by over 300 doctors, health professionals , parents, and advocates

workshops for parents, advocates, and mental health professionals

community resource and referral telephone line and newsletter preparation and mailing to membership

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have volunteered with ADDA-SR for many years. Always have top-notch conferences, speakers, workshops and offer enormous support for the parents and children they serve. Dedicated staff and volunteers make up this organization.

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son was first diagnosed with ADD as a child, I was uneducated about the disorder and of course very anxious and hesitant to start medication. I found out about ADDA from the dr. we were seeing and received some information in the mail and then attended a support group meeting. I got involved in helping the group and learned some invaluable information on how to better help my son. The wealth of knowledge from the support group leader as well as the director were phenomenal as well as the level of compassion.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to interact with the organization frequently. They offer continuing education for professionals that allows those with an interest in the field to continue to expand their horizons and serve the client population better than they would otherwise be able to do without the organization's support.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnosed with ADHD 16 years ago, I was directed to ADDA-Southern Region support groups by my son's Pediatric Neurologist to give my husband and me emotional support and for us to learn more about what we could do to help him learn in spite of also being diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech and a Sensory Integration Disorder. He received several years of therapy, but because he received his therapy early in his life and because of the excellent information his father and I learned about helping him to learn in a more hands-on way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

ADDA-SR is an organization dedicated to serving the general public for the purpose of education regarding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its related challenges. This organization disseminates current information about ADHD as well as having monthly support meetings for parents of ADHD children, and arranging for specific workshops and conventions. Additionally, the Staff respond to general questions and assist in finding referral sources and resources for those in need of assistance. They work hard and tirelessly in this endeavor and deserve a a huge THANK YOU! This is an invaluable organization and can only continue to exist through the consistant participation of the public. We should make every effort to support this very worthwhile organization in any way possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about the ADD conference coordinated by the ADDA-SR group. I registered and attended - and am very glad I chose to spend my time this way. The event was well run, with great speakers. I'm glad I told 5 friends about the event also. Only 3 were able to attend, but we all appreciated the Saturday learning opportunity. THANKS for the great event. I've also emailed the volunteers with a couple of specific questions seeking pointers. Every time, the volunteers did get back to me in a timely manner with very relevant suggestions that got me moving in a productive direction to find appropriate information. Again, thanks to these volunteers. They've certainly helped me to understand that I'm not alone in my battle against ADD for my family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

ADDA-SR is an invaluable resource for the Texzs community. It provides excellent education about ADHD thru conferences for patients, their parents, professionals and the commnity at large. Inaddition the personal 1:1 education has been invaluable for my patients.Another key service is advocacy for students to get the appropiate services needed from schools. The staff are incredibly dedicated individuals who give their all to help those with ADHD and their families. I wish that they had more funds to be able to create more outreach into rural Texas. They are always under financial pressure and have not been able to create stable funding. I miss their mailed Newsletter. The quality is still high but emailing a newsletter misses many of the people who need it the most. They need to devise a better system of using their Professional Advisory Board to be more productive and involved. This body should be involved in fund raising. It feels that only a few of the Professional Advisory Board truly put their energies into the Organization yet the Board never changes to get rid of the dead wood. The continual financial crises are very distracting and limit this organization

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for over fifteen years and wholly support its goals and objectives. This organization has been beneficial to clients and professionals by providing information and knowledge about ADHD and providing referral sources for clients. It has also provided a wealth of knowledge for professionals. As a professional, I highly endorse this organization and its very capable staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first started the group over 15 years ago, I was a parent in search of help and had no idea what to expect but ADDA-SR was always been there to support me when I had questions or concerns. The organization presented me a way to offer support to parents in the community as well as information to educators, health care providers and family members at no cost. My support group provides needed contact between parents who feel alone and need someone to talk to who understands as well as information from professionals in the community. Over the years, I have had contact with hundreds of thousands of people searching for help via phone, e-mail or in person. Thanks to the organization, I had the chance to help each one of them and will continue to help them in any way I can.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have 2 sons with issues ranging from ADHD, Dyslexia, Aspergers tendancies, PDD-NOS, etc. This organization has helped me with getting education services in the public school system (IEP, 504, etc.), learning what thier rights are, getting medical doctor recommendations, and general coping skills for a parent raising boys with learning and life issues. It has been a real help to our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son was 9 years old, he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. I knew very little about it and needed more knowledge and also support in dealing with it. ADDA-SR was there for me! Through monthly support meetings and annual conferences, I have learned a great deal which has, in turn, helped me to help my son. Everyone was always so helpful and friendly. I learned about effective treatment strategies. Today, my son is 16 years old and is doing fantastic! I higly recommend this organization to anyone seeking similar help. It's been wonderful!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first learned about ADDA I had the opportunity to attend one of their regional conferences. Having a son with ADHD, I was constantly on the lookout for advice and helps. I learned SO MUCH at the ADDA weekend conference! There were a variety of speakers covering topics from organization to diet to medication to procrastination and many others! It was well-organized and each topic was covered by someone well-qualified to speak on the subject. It was validating to be in a room full of people who were dealing with the same things I was. I took a number of things home with me; one of which was a thankfulness that this organization exists.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I first learned of ADDA when our daughter was 7 or 8 years old (she is now 16). Being a good parent is a challenge even without ADD/ADHD in the picture, but we were finding that the condition was responsible for numerous differences between kids with and kids without ADD. These differences complicated school and many other facets of life. Yet, we knew we had a wonderful and special child; we didn't want that fact to get lost in the shuffle. ADDA has provided some outstanding educational programs that have been extremely helpful in better knowing and handling our situation. Monthly meetings were free and even provided child care, which sometimes made the difference in my ability to attend. And they were entertaining, too - good speakers who not only knew their stuff, but they had their own experiences as well. I have also been to a couple of special programs for a fee and came away with a LOT of helpful information. My daughter even accompanied me to one of them, and we both enjoyed and learned from it. In fact, she ended up working with the speaker privately as a tutor and educational consultant, which taught her a lot. My husband has also attended some of the meetings and feels he benefited from them. The information and education we received from ADDA has enabled us to understand our daughter so much better than we would have otherwise, which, in turn, has improved our parenting and made us a happy family. Kids like her walk such a tightrope - so full of potential, yet so many challenges, and the right kind of parenting can make all the difference. We are blessed to have an organization like ADDA!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Their annual conferences are always informative and interesting. It is a great time to visit with parents and professionals in the field.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

As a parent with a child with ADHD, you are constantly on the look out for resources and information. Less than a week before the annual seminar, I found ADDA-SR. I was able to receive a parent scholarship to attend. Just being with other parents--hearing speakers who have walked in my shoes was a tremendous boost. I received a wealth of information--and shared it with my son's teachers and other families, too. I continually go back to my notes and the books I purchased at the conference as helpful, practical resources as I guide and support my son.