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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
at this link.