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ADHD Rollercoaster is written by adult ADHD expert Gina Pera, author of “Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?” Her essays on understanding how ADHD affects adult relationship dynamics should be required reading!
ADHD Homestead Exploring what it means to work with ADHD to create an enjoyable life and a peaceful home with Jaclyn Paul. You’ll find plenty of great tips for keeping your home, schedule, and relationships under control.
Smart Girls With ADHD Beth created this site “for misunderstood ADHD girls like me. The anxious. The messy. The overachievers. The creative types.” Beth has a wonderful site that speaks to women with ADHD!
Impact ADHD – Helping Parents Help Kids – ImpactADHD is an ADHD coaching business with tips on effective communication and parenting for ADHD families. They also have a free information-filled e-book called “ADHD in Reality: Practical Tips FOR Parents, FROM Parents that you can download at their site.
Keeping it Real – Parenting ADHD A self-described “veteran” parent of a son with ADHD, Penny Williams is the author of the award-winning, Amazon best-seller, “Boy Without Instructions,” and “What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting ADHD.” She also frequently writes on parenting and ADHD for ADDitude Magazine, Healthline, and other parenting and special needs publications. Penny is committed to keeping it real about parenting children with ADHD!
ADD Resource is a search engine and directory dedicated to Attention Deficit Disorders and Learning Disabilities. It’s ProFinder directory lists ADHD and LD professionals worldwide to help you find relevant information quickly and easily.
A national non-profit organization funded by grants, memberships, and donations. Includes articles by national ADHD experts and provides authoritative, accurate and science-based information without conflicts or commercial interest.
The founders of this site, Patricia Quinn, M.D. and Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., are both authorities on ADHD. Initially ADDvance.com focused on the long-overlooked needs of women and girls with ADHD. Now the expanded site addresses the needs of all people with ADHD across the lifespan.
Information and support from respected professionals in the field of ADHD and Special Education, along with advice from parents and other readers. Registered with the Library of Congress.
CHADD is the national non-profit organization representing more than 12,000 members. Most are families of children and adults with ADHD. About 2,000 CHADD members are professionals providing clinical and other services to persons with ADHD. CHADD also hosts a clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD called the National Resource Center on ADHD, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
ADDA’s mission is to help people with ADD lead happier, more successful lives through education, research, and public advocacy. They also host a Professional Directory for ADHD Therapists, Coaches, as well as Physicians, Legal Advocates, and much more.
An online resource for downloading a number of forms and scales pertaining to ADHD.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources
The Mental Health and Autism Insurance Project was founded to support families in their journey through the insurance maze, so that families can be treated fairly through the process, and children can get the coverage for interventions that they so desperately need. The site lists information about which states have autism health insurance mandates (and what that means for the Affordable Care Acts plans), as well as answers to many frequently asked questions about insurance and coverage.
Autism Science Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to providing funding to cutting-edge research to discover the causes of autism and to discover better treatments. They also provide information to the general public and support the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Their site lists current research studies that are recruiting for participants, so you can get involved in research being conducted. Sign up for their e-newsletter here.
ASF Weekly Science Podcast, from Autism Science Foundation, is so great that it is worth its own entry here. You can subscribe to it right from their site in iTunes, Android, or RSS. Get the latest autism research news stories from ASF Chief Science Officer Alycia Halladay. She does a wonderful job of explaining the research and what it really means.
Casey Life Skills (CLS) is a free tool for youth who are transitioning to adulthood and/or independent living. The CLS assesses the behaviors and competencies needed to maintain health and achieve long-term goals. Some of the life skills that are evaluated in the CLS include:
- Maintaining healthy relationships
- Work and study habits
- Planning and goal-setting
- Using community resources
- Daily living activities
- Budgeting and paying bills
- Computer literacy
- Permanent connections to caring adults
Parents, caregivers, and caseworkers can review the Resources to Inspire Guide, which uses CLS results to create a learning plan to help youth gain any needed skills while transitioning to independent living.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs’ (OSEP’s) IDEA website provides “one-stop shop” for resources related to IDEA and its regulations. You can also find information about other laws (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act [NCLB)] the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act [FERPA], etc.), video clips on selected topics, and briefs on selected regulations. Topics covered on the site include:
- Early Intervening Services (EIS)
- Evaluation and Reevaluation
- Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities
- Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- Statewide and Districtwide Assessments
The Learning Disabilities Association of America is a national, non-profit organization. “LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations.” LDA advocates for early identification, which increases the possibility of successful intervention. LDA also publishes materials on issues of importance to adults with learning disabilities on workplace issues, adult literacy, parenting, and assistive technology.
The National Institute of Mental Heath (NIMH)‘s mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. Get up to date information on the latest research on ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other neurological or mental health conditions here.
The Simple Dollar – Disability Benefits Guide and Disability Benefits Calculator
According to The Simple Dollar, “Most people who have become or are already living with disabilities are not fully aware of the benefits and resources that are available to them. So our team spent weeks reviewing the US Social Security Administration’s documentation to develop our 2016 Disability Benefit Guide. This guide breaks down qualifications and the application process, as well as providing a calculator to help estimate monthly and annual benefits.”