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The 2006-7 program will begin in September.  In the meantime, make plans to attend CHADD's International Conference.

CHADD Conference 2006 Coming to Chicago

CHADD's 18th Annual International Conference on AD/HD

State of the Art: Science and Research in Practice

Will be held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare
October 26-28, 2006

For more information, click here.

What is CHADD?

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national not for profit, tax-exempt (Section 501(c)(3)) organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with AD/HD. In addition to its informative Web site, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with AD/HD. These materials include Attention! magazine, the CHADD Information and Resource Guide to AD/HD, News From CHADD, a free electronically mailed current events newsletter, as well as other publications of specific interest to educators, professionals and parents.

CHADD of Chicago

Within communities across the country are dedicated volunteers who spend countless hours coordinating CHADD meetings, speaking to troubled callers needing support, writing letters, working with the media, developing programs, speaking to civic and educational groups, and so much more. In some cases, these dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly for years as grass-roots leaders of our chapters.

Our chapters, branches and satellites are CHADD’s link to communities across the country. The efforts of these groups are extraordinary, and make a difference in the lives of many individuals with AD/HD.  CHADD of Chicago (chapter #947) is CHADD's link to the city of Chicago.  It was established in 1995. You can read about about the chapter's history here. From its inception, it has made the issue of addressing the needs of urban and minority communities a central part of its mission.

You can join our chapter by specifying chapter 947 when you join CHADD.  Join CHADD at this link.

What is AD/HD?

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)?

AD/HD refers to a family of related chronic neurobiological disorders that interfere with an individual's capacity to regulate activity level (hyperactivity), inhibit behavior (impulsivity), and attend to tasks (inattention) in developmentally appropriate ways.  The core symptoms of AD/HD include an inability to sustain attention and concentration, developmentally inappropriate levels of activity, distractibility, and impulsivity.  Children with AD/HD have functional impairment across multiple settings including home, school, and peer relationships.  AD/HD has also been shown to have long-term adverse effects on academic performance, vocational success, and social-emotional development.  Children with AD/HD experience an inability to sit still and pay attention in class and the negative consequences of such behavior.  They experience peer rejection and engage in a broad array of disruptive behaviors.  Their academic and social difficulties have far-reaching and long-term consequences.  These children have higher injury rates.  As they grow older, children with untreated AD/HD, in combination with conduct disorders, experience drug abuse, antisocial behavior, and injuries of all sorts.  For many individuals, the impact of AD/HD continues into adulthood.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
For more information, read NIMH's booklet on AD/HD

Also, CHADD has fact sheets on AD/HD

as well as the National Resource Center on AD/HD

What we do

CHADD of Chicago engages in community outreach and education through a variety of means, including:

  • Monthly chapter meetings, held from September through May, featuring speakers on a variety of topics affecting individuals with AD/HD and their families. Check the Schedule for our current meeting and speaker schedule.
  • Community forums and outreach programs.  Usually, an all day program with numerous speakers and break out sessions with the goal of providing accurate and current information about AD/HD.  The target audience of these forums includes individuals with AD/HD, their families, healthcare professionals, teachers, educators, and the community at large.
  • A Professional Advisory Board (PAB) of experts in the Chicago area who support CHADD of Chicago's efforts.
  • Email discussion groups, one for families and one for adults.  The sign up boxes are on the email groups page.
  • Maintain a library of information on AD/HD.
  • Provide continuing education (with CPDUs) for teachers on the subject of AD/HD.

Contact Information

Note: Please do not contact us asking for specific recommendations - for a clinician, course of therapy, medication, etc.  That is beyond the scope of what we can do.  You are welcome to come to a meeting and ask other individuals for their opinions.

If you are looking for information on another CHADD chapter, please go to the CHADD home page.  We do not have any other information.

If you are looking for help through the school and social service bureaucracies (in the Chicago area), a great resource is the Family Resource Center on Disabilities.  They conduct free seminars as well as provide information and assistance.

(773) 250-3200
Postal address:
P.O. Box 805816 Chicago, IL 60680-4119
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CHADD and CHADD of Chicago do not endorse, recommend, or make representations with respect to the research, services, medication, treatments, or products on this website. Please read our full disclaimer at this link.

Last modified: April 05, 2006