“Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Day”

NJEA supports AJR95 (Albano).  This joint resolution would designate January 21 of each year as “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Day” in order to bring awareness of the disorder’s signs and consequences, to highlight the behavioral health services available for individuals coping with the disorder, and to promote improved diagnosis and treatment.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder of the brain associated with inattentiveness, over-activity, or impulsivity that can significantly interfere with an individual’s abilities to attend to tasks and to regulate their behavior.  Symptoms of ADHD can be mild or severe and are most commonly diagnosed in childhood.  However, the disorder also affects many adults.  ADHD is a chronic disorder that can pose life-long problems in school, employment and day to day relationships.  If left undiagnosed or untreated, ADHD can have harmful consequences.

NJEA recognizes that, for students living with ADHD, parents, teachers and the entire school community must work together to teach the skills and strategies that will help students be independent and successful in their daily lives.

Early intervention services and knowledge are key factors.  Encouraging the citizens of New Jersey to learn more about ADHD and designating Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder Awareness Day is a positive step in helping those with the disorder and their families advocate and receive the treatment they need to improve their quality of life.

NJEA urges you to support this bill.