Wednesday September 30, 2015
ADHD students face challenges getting help in university
As the month of September winds down.... so will the "back to school" stories in the media, about education issues and campus life.
But there's one we wanted to get to today, because it's an issue with which our universities and colleges will be grappling throughout this semester....and for many to come.
It has to do with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder -- or ADHD.... and just what our post-secondary schools should be doing to accommodate students with the diagnosis. A new Canadian report, out today, highlights problems with the way some universities deal with students and ADHD.
According to today's new report from the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada... more students with ADHD are getting accepted to post-secondary institutions, but their experiences with accommodations are all over the map — Having diagnoses recognized, and getting the help they need, varies a great deal from school to school.
- Heidi Bernhardt is one of the authors of this report. She is the president and executive director of the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada. She was in our Toronto studio.
- Allyson Harrison is a psychology professor and the Clinical Director of the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
If you're a post-secondary student with ADHD, tell us your experience... or are you a parent or professor who's had to face these issues?
This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott and Leif Zapf-Gilje.