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ABOUT US

CHADD of San Fernando Valley exists to improve the lives of people in our community who are impacted by ADHD. We offer resources, information, and education as well as free support groups and speaker meetings. Our goal is to help build a strong, educated, ADHD-savvy community in the San Fernando Valley. Our chapter welcomes all who are affected by or involved in supporting ADHD - parents, adults, educators and professionals. Connect with us and other local members on FACEBOOK and MeetUp.

 

MEETINGS & SUPPORT GROUPS

Join our MeetUp group HERE to access our meeting schedule and RSVP for upcoming events. You don't have to be a CHADD member* to attend events. A suggested $5-$10 donation per meeting greatly helps us offset the costs of room rentals and materials. You can also make a tax deductable donation online. 

 

“Supporting the ADHD Child” Support Group & Speaker Meeting more info
These meetings serve those of us who are raising, educating, and treating ADHD children - parents, grandparents, caregivers, educators, clinicians, child development specialists, and ADHD professionals. We unite to learn, connect, and discuss the challenges and solutions to help our ADHD children live their best lives. Most meetings begin with education -- from a speaker, video presentation, or reading -- followed by discussion and peer support. We meet one Wednesday evening per month at Bridges Academy in Studio City at 7:00 pm. Childcare is not provided during this meeting. 

 

ADHD SPACE Adult Peer Support Group more info

These meetings offer a supportive, judgement-free environment where adults 18+ can reflect and share about the challenges of living with ADHD, set meaningful goals with group encouragement, and work to improve our lives. Some of us were diagnosed as children and others only recently. Some choose medication while others cannot or do not. Regardless of our differences, we come together united by our diagnosis, to speak directly with others like us who truly understand the experience of living firsthand with ADHD. In order to promote a safe environment for sharing, this support group is ONLY open to adults 18+ with ADHD. The format for ADHD SPACE meetings was developed by ADHD brain, advocate, and speaker Jessica McCabe of HowtoADHD.com. This CHADD group is fortunate to have partnered with Jessica to workshop and refine her original online meeting format for a live group setting. We're honored to be the first ADHD SPACE peer support group in the known universe. We meet every other Sunday evening in The Upper Room at Faith Presbyterian Valley Village from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Doors open at 4:15 pm for those who’d like to chat or help set-up -- and participants are welcome to stick around after the meeting until 6:00 pm. 


NEW SUPPORT GROUPS PLANNED FOR 2019

Teen ADHD Peer Support Groups

We are seeking volunteers to help us bring two teen peer support groups to the San Fernando Valley -- one for middle school ADHD-teens and another for high school ADHD-teens. 

January/February: To assist us in developing and workshoping the meeting format, we are seeking several: ADHD teens, parents of ADHD teens, therapists who support ADHD teens, and educators or school counselors who support teens. Volunteers will meet face-to-face approximately 3 times and also be asked to review and provide feedback to meeting format updates via Google Docs. 

March: We will be seeking volunteers to facilitate the support group meetings and promote meetings at local schools. 

 

CHADD MEMBERSHIP

*Although not a requirement to attend our local meetings, we urge you to consider becoming a member of CHADD for just $53 annually (and select CHADD of San Fernando Valley as your chapter). Your tax-deductable membership dues not only support CHADD's work nationally and benefit you -- they also have a positive impact our chapter locally. For each new member affiliated with our chapter, we receive a modest donation from CHADD national. For that we are so grateful. Aside from that, our chapter is funded by donations collected at our meetings and from a handful of supportive community partners. Every $1 counts to support our chapter's mission of providing free or very low-cost resources to improve the lives of those impacted by ADHD here in the San Fernando Valley.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

If you're seeking information for something that is time-sensitive (an IEP/Section 504 meeting at your child’s school) or you're seeking a professional with ADHD expertise, please contact CHADD’s National Resource Center on AD/HD (NRC), online at www.Help4ADHD.org or by phone toll-free at 800.233.4050 (press option 2, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm EST). The NRC is staffed by trained health information professionals who can answer questions about ADHD and share helpful information and resources.


Volunteer Opportunities:

CHADD of San Fernando Valley is a 100% volunteer-based organization. We depend upon the talented, committed parents, ADHD adults, professionals, and educators who are willing to step-up and serve our local ADHD community. There are tons of ways to get involved. We've listed a few below, but don't be shy ... reach out and let us know if you have other ideas about how you'd like to help! 

Current opportunities:

- Grant Writer

- Manager - “Supporting the ADHD Child” Meeting

- Facilitator - Middle School ADHD Support Group

- Facilitator - High School ADHD Support Group

- Peer Group Leader - Adult ADHD Group

- Adolescent Social Skills Specialist / Consultant

- Speaker Liaison

- Fundraising Coordinator

- Copywriting and social media support

- Administrative assistance

- Event production support

- 2019 Chapter Board of Directors / Advisory Board - Roles are open to parents, ADHD adults, educators, and all professionals serving the local ADHD community who are members of CHADD and live or work within the CHADD of San Fernando Valley (Affiliate #615) community. If you're interested, please email us to request an application. Please make sure your CHADD membership is current prior to submitting your application. 


This information was last updated on: 12/15/2018

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