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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

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Went to Regional Meeting in 2/2018. This was my first time attending this meeting. It was very well run, organized, and pertinent to the current hot topics of ADHD. well worth my time as an ADHD medical physician.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Pam Esser for several years and I always find her to be a font of knowledge and she is generous in sharing her wisdom. Some of our students who are in our post secondary program at the V.A.S.T. Academy at HCC- and their parents- have benefited directly or indirectly from her interesting and useful classes and workshops.

ADDA-SR deserves recognition.

Karen Sprague, Houston Community College
V.A.S.T. ACADEMY Transition Specialist


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR has had a life changing impact for many of my clients! It's been empowering for them to learn they are not alone with their ADHD struggles and challenges. ADDA-SR has provided a place for us to learn, share and grow!

autismsuperman

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The attention deficit disorder foundation southern region has helped and does help so many individuals on the ADHD spectrum. they do so much to help out including support groups, conferences, and just being there for you in a time of need, thanks so Much Ms. Pam Esser for everything you do with attention deficit disorder foundation southern region

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR is AMAZING! They have been ever so present in our community for at LEAST 22 years that I know of. Pam is always "there"..... at her meetings and other seminars around the community. She is ALWAYS and so kind, gracious, helpful and a ROCK! She always has EXCELLENT programs ...and even for an "older" parents like me I am still learning and growing from her expertise of finding new and innovative speakers and her fortitude and tenacity to be sure there is always a place to come "home" to...... to get help and support during different phases of life! I am a big fan of ADDA-SR!!!!!! 

Donor

Rating: 5

My first experience with ADDA-SR was around 1993 when my son was in elementary school and struggling with behavior at home and in school. The support group I first attended pointed me in the right direction to find the resources necessary to get the help we needed. I started volunteering with the group and eventually became part of the staff for about 9 years. I am continually amazed at how many years they have continued assisting the community with resources and education about Attention Deficit Disorders. They provide an extremely valuable service to all who reach out and there is always someone willing to listen.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an ADHD clinician, I have found the resources invaluable for my ADHD children and adolescents.
Pam Esser is always patient and caring in our community. She strives to have speakers and an annual conference that is invaluable to clinicians and clients alike. I never miss the annual conference as it is filled with life changing information to advocate for our ADHD population.
ADD-SR makes a noticeable difference in our community.
Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ADHD poses a lot of challenges in life, learning and relationships in general. The information that we have gained from this ADDA- Southern Region organization has been beneficial and impactful. This organization has truly given us the resources and tools that we needed to share in our local community support group.
Their hard work has been second to none. What a tremendous asset to the greater Houston area!

Gabriella M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR is a support group for parents of kids with ADD and for adults with ADD. They provide speakers, meetings all over the Houston and surrounding areas, sponsor conferences and guest lecturers. Pam Esser, the president of ADDA-SR, is a wealth of knowledge both as a parent and a professional, and has excellent contacts in the ADD world with parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, and community members. This is an excellent group.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have attended seminars and workshops, the annual ADDA-SR conference, and co-facilitate a local parent support group meeting. This organization has been an invaluable resource to me (both as a psychologist and a mother) as well as to our community. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about ADHD and learning differences.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have worked with Pam Esser and the ADDA-SR for many years. We can attest to the pivotal role ADDA-SR plays in supporting special populations in the greater-Houston community. As an organization, they listen to the community to create timely presentations on relevant topics. Additionally, ADDA-SR provides a sense of community in our area as schools, professionals, clinicians and others work with families to support individuals with differences, at varying ages. But most importantly they bring resources and highly qualified professionals for training to our community for little to no cost. We are truly thankful for all the ADDA-SR provides!

Ana E.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pam Esser Executive Director for ADDA-SR has done a phenomenal job of sharing excellent resources, ongoing workshops, and events for educating and bringing awareness/acceptance to our community on Attention Deficit Disorders.

I refer many families to ADDA-SR and you should too!

Advisor

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR has been helping families, children, adolescents, and adults with attention deficits for the past 30 years. The conferences and workshops are excellent and bring in national and local experts, the on-going support groups provide links with others who understand and ideas for coping, but the most relied-upon service is the personal attention given to information and referral. Wherever a request is generated from, the Executive Director, Pam Esser, works to find someone who can answer the request or who might be able to guide the requester to fulfill their needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The monthly meetings are always very informative and educational. I've attended a few workshops and those are always very educational as well. The group is very organized and very helpful in finding resources to meet my needs and the needs of others. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ADDA-SR provides great seminars and an annual conference that gives me important information on supporting my children with ADHD. This is a super-important resource for the Greater Houston area, given that so many people have ADHD.

ADDA-SR offers training to a wide audience, including educators, professionals, adults with ADHD, and parents of children with ADHD.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thousands who have been fortunate to experience ADDA-SR under the direction of Executive Director, Pam Esser, have been impacted in countless positive ways. Witnessing Pam’s dedication to others through ADDA-SR has been awe inspiring. She does not draw a consistent salary and much of the work she does on behalf of thousands of other people is done because of her dedication to individuals who are challenged by ADHD. Pam began by dedicating her life to ADDA-SR due to the needs of her two sons. Her entire life has been committed to her children and by doing so she realized that thousands of other families faced the same challenges and had nowhere to seek support. Children were being criminalized and denied specialized support in school and families were falling apart. Pam quickly sprang into action growing ADDA-SR to the level it is today. ADDA-SR is recognized as a leading support for families and individuals in need.
Pam spends her time and money traveling to schools, support groups, community events, organizations, hosts countless workshops and is now planning for ADDA-SR's 31st Annual Conference. Through the years of being dedicated to her family and the community she has never tired. Her two children and thousands of others benefitted and continue to benefit from her efforts. Sadly, her oldest son passed on unexpectedly. Rather than succumb to the sharp pain of the family’s loss, Pam picked up the broken pieces of her family to pour her energy into ADDA-SR to continue the efforts so no other family would face the challenges her children faced.
She is exceptional and a valued resource in the community. There are not enough words to clearly define the quality of human Pam is and her dedication to thousands of others. She gives selfishly and consistently. ADDA-SR needs to continue to support the thousands of children who are often misunderstood, criticized for their behavior and challenges in learning as being lazy and willful. Texas has one of two of the largest prison systems in the world and thousands incarcerated are challenged by ADHD, have been misunderstood, and became lost in a very tough world. However, there are thousands who have been saved and lead productive lives with confidence due to ADDA-SR's support through workshops, presentations, and the annual conferences. The world is a much better place with ADDA-SR.

Ellen Rubin D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ADDA- SR makes a difference for those in our region with brain based conditions. Support groups, regionally spaced throughout the city, add an additional layer of monthly support with education and resources for those with ADHD. The Regional Conference and monthly events prepare those with ADHD with skills, empowerment, and knowledge. Thank you to Pam Esser for her leadership and organization!

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.

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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.

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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.