The ADHD Foundation
We enjoy a close collaborative relationship with the ADHD Foundation. Our president, Professor Susan Young, is also on the Board of Trustees of the ADHD Foundation. The Foundation works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies to improving emotional well being, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances of young people and adults with ADHD, ASD and related learning difficulties. They provide training for GP’s, Teachers, Social Care agencies and other professionals, raising awareness to bring about positive change and inclusion in mental health, education and employment.
We have strong links with ADHD Europe due to our president, Professor Susan Young, being a member of the Professional Advisory Board of ADHD Europe, which is an umbrella organisation for patient organisations around Europe. ADHD Europe is an association that facililtates the efforts of national and regional ADHD patient organisations in Europe. The aim is to support these organisations to acquire funding to enable them to advocate on behalf of people with ADHD for their rights to have equal access to diagnosis and treatment. Additionally it serves as a platform to facilitate the exchange of information and support research that aims to to improve the lives of people with ADHD in their respective communities.
Special Educational Consortium
The Special Educational Consortium (SEC) is a group of organisations who protect and promote the rights of disabled children and children with special educational needs (SEN). We work with the government, the Department for Education, members of Parliament and other organisations when there are proposals for changes in policy, legislation, regulations and guidance that may affect disabled children and children with SEN.
The UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN) was established in response to UK guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2008) and the British Association of Psychopharmacology (Nutt et al., 2006) who for the first time gave evidence based guidance on the need to diagnose and treat ADHD in adults as well as in children; and in response to the relative lack of training and support in this area for professionals working within adult mental health services.
The European Network of Adult ADHD
The European Network Adult ADHD is an organisation founded in 2003 that aims to unite clinicians and researchers from aross Europe working with adults with ADHD.
Currently, there are 24 countries and 74 professionals involved in this network. The aims of the European Network Adult ADHD are (1) to increase awareness that ADHD is a lifelong condition; (2) improve diagnostic assessment and treatment; (3) support and facilitate international research; (4) improve access to services and (5) establish cooperation between professionals involved in child and adult ADHD.