Wednesday September 30, 2015

ADHD students face challenges getting help in university

A new report from Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada says universities and colleges often fail to give students with ADHD the help they need.

A new report from Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada says universities and colleges often fail to give students with ADHD the help they need.

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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. 

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?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott and Leif Zapf-Gilje.