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’Time for Change’ Manifesto

 

The SDLP’s Fearghal McKinney, MLA invited ADD-NI Children’s Charity to publically launch the ’Time for Change’ manifesto in The Long Gallery, Stormont.

The purpose of the manifesto is to bring about change, alter perspectives and improve the lives of children, young people and adults affected by AD/HD in Northern Ireland. “People need to understand AD/HD, instead of judging us.”

ADD-NI was established in 1997 as a support network for children, young people and the families of those affected by AD/HD. We provide a regional service, and are the lead organisation in Northern Ireland offering post-diagnostic, specialist, therapeutic services for the treatment and management of AD/HD. These include support and psychotherapeutic intervention services to children, young people, adults, and families affected by AD/HD on a regional basis AD/HD is a real, complex condition. Those affected by AD/HD are very often misrepresented and misunderstood, yet the human, societal and economic cost of untreated AD/HD is vast. “There’s no condition on earth, other than AD/HD, where education on the condition is necessary before compassion is shown to the child”.

It is time for the Assembly to stop ignoring this issue, to take notice, and to invest in organisations such as ADD-NI. Every political party should include a commitment in their party manifesto ensuring that all young people, adults and families affected by AD/HD have access to specifically tailored, evidence-based interventions that meet NICE Guidelines.

For more information about ’Time for Change’, AD/HD or the support we provide, please visit our Facebook page, email hello@addni.net or call our helpline on 028 90 200 110.