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What is CHADD?
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national non-profit, tax -exempt, Section 501 (c) (3) organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. CHADD was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with ADHD. At that time, one could turn to very few places for support or information. Many people seriously misunderstood ADHD. Many clinicians and educators knew little about the disability, and individuals with ADHD were often mistakenly labeled “a behavior problem,” “unmotivated,” or “not intelligent enough.”
Today, children with ADHD are eligible for special education services or accommodations within the regular classroom when needed, and adults with ADHD may be eligible for accommodations in the workplace under the Americans with Disabilities Act. CHADD is a success story, inspired by the desire of countless parents to see their children with ADHD succeed. From one parent support group in Florida, the organization grew dramatically to become the leading non-profit national organization for children and adults with ADHD.
The organization is composed of dedicated volunteers from around the country who play an integral part in the association’s success by providing support, education and encouragement to parents, educators and professionals on a grassroots level through CHADD chapters, such as the RRV Satellite affiliate of CHADD.
CHADD does not endorse products, services, publications, medications or treatments including those advertised in Attention magazine, on its website or any of its publications including podcasts. Placement of an advertisement in CHADD’s publications including its website, podcasts, etc. does not represent an endorsement by CHADD nor does it represent any testimony by CHADD as to the quality of the products advertised or the validity of the claims made in the advertisement.
What is a "Satellite" of CHADD?
CHADD has a nationwide network of Affiliates. Affiliates are organized (in descending order) as: Chapters, Satellites, Branches & Associates. As a Satellite affiliate of CHADD, the Red River Valley CHADD has established itself, having met all the requirements & goals for designation of an official branch for programming, quality and standards. Satellites participate in dues sharing with the National organization, receiving portions of membership dues in order to broaden and enhance the education and outreach for their local community.
This Satellite is staffed by two volunteer Co-Coordinators:
Founder & Satellite Coordinator: Jane Indergaard, DNP, RN
Marketing and Support Specialist: Jessica Clairmont, MS, RN
Emeritus: Co-founder Stephanie Kautzman, BS, Education
The RRV Satellite of CHADD began in 2009 and grew to an interest base of over 250 local and regional families, teachers, professionals and providers. Our programming included monthly educational support meetings, as well as smaller individual support groups for: Parents of Children with ADHD, Fathers of Children with ADHD, and Adults with ADHD. We also provided Teacher Training and Parent to Parent Training Classes for ADHD. In 2014, the RRV Satellite of CHADD was named National Affiliate of the Year and in 2015, our very own Stephanie Kautzman was named CHADD Volunteer of the Year . Jane Indergaard was nominated for CHADD Educator of the Year in 2017.
We are an entirely volunteer organization and welcome new volunteers to our group!
This programming has always been a labor of love for those of us involved and we are delighted to offer monthly educational support meetings through May and private presentations for groups or agencies upon request (including teacher training).
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Your Local Connection
The Red River Valley Satellite of CHADD is your connection and resource to solutions, success and information about ADHD. Visit us on Facebook.
The debate about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is over. And the truth about ADHD is clear. Just about every mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organization in the U.S. long ago concluded that ADHD is a real, brain-based medical disorder, and that children and adults with ADHD benefit from appropriate treatment. A lot has changed in the last 25 and even in just the last five years. Get strategic. Learn more. Increase awareness. Get the facts!
Do you need information and resource help?
If you have a more pressing need for information or assistance about the many aspects of dealing with AD/HD (including diagnosis, treatment options, educational rights, etc.), please see CHADD’s National webpage at www.chadd.org
Click on the Links for: "Understanding ADHD"; "Education & Advocacy"; "Get Support".
Disclaimer: CHADD does not endorse or represent products, services, publication, medications or treatments.
New to AD/HD or CHADD?
**If you are not a CHADD member, or are new to CHADD, please register your contact information with CHADD so that we can contact you about local activities. Your privacy is protected and will not be used for any other purpose except to contact you about CHADD programs and activities. When you register with CHADD, you will be added to our e-mail address list. You may opt-out at any time.
If you would like more information about becoming a member of CHADD - please go to www.chadd.org and click on the link for "Get Involved". You will find all the information about membership types and benefits and can register online or download a mailable copy.