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The New Face of AD/HD Comes to Capitol Hill
Date:5/7/2009

Five to eight percent of children and adolescents meet the criteria for having AD/HD, but fewer than half receive treatment.

"Courtney and I have benefited from great doctors and great treatment advice," added Taylor. "However, for the millions of other people living with AD/HD, we need more research funding for such things as alternative and complementary treatments for AD/HD. And we must never stop building up the public's awareness on AD/HD."

CHADD's visit to Capitol Hill this week is an effort for Congress to support existing and proven programs, like the National Resource Center on AD/HD (NRC), funded through the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

"The NRC serves as a national clearinghouse for individuals and families affected by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD)," added Ross. "It is an excellent example of a public-private partnership that continues to live out its mission of serving individuals with AD/HD."

This year, CHADD, along with AACAP are seeking a $600,000 increase for NCBDDD, of which $300,000 would fund technical assistance on employment benefits and supports as well as outreach to underserved populations.

CHADD, with 14,000 members and 200 chapters nationwide, is one of the nation's largest family-based organizations serving people affected by AD/HD.


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