THE ADHD Foundation has been shortlisted for the Community Organisation Award for Disability at the National Diversity Awards 2018. The charity has been recognised for its ground-breaking work supporting children, young people and their families living with ADHD. The awards ceremony will take place at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on 14 September.
National Diversity Awards (NDA) celebrates the achievements of people and organisations that tackle diversity issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work. The awards are for people who inspire other individuals through their work, through their commitment to helping others, through their infectious personalities and through adversity.
The ADHD Foundation is the largest ‘user led’ ADHD agency in Europe and is credited with influencing policy and provision in the UK for those living with ADHD and co-existing conditions. The Foundation also stages the largest annual multidisciplinary conference on ADHD attended by over 800 delegates from the UK and Europe each year.
The nomination recognises the Foundation’s work in promoting scientific evidence, its role in the creation of UK and European impact reports and the tireless campaigning which have helped to change attitudes in the UK, influencing national policy, provision and best practice, reducing stigma and stereotyping and in so doing, improving life chances for those with ADHD.
One example of the Foundation’s campaigning work is the Umbrella Project – promoting ‘neurodiversity’ involving children with ADHD and autism celebrating their ‘super powers’, talents and employability with a public art project which saw hundreds of brightly coloured umbrellas above the streets of Liverpool and Media City, Salford.
Dr Tony Lloyd, chief executive of ADHD Foundation, said: “In just over ten years the ADHD Foundation has the largest user led service of its kind in the UK. This nomination is recognition of the work our whole organisation does to support over 3,000 families across the UK each year, 50,000 families who use their social media and the training we provide to a further 4,000 teachers and healthcare professionals. We hope this nomination will help bring further attention to our objectives of challenging negative perceptions, bringing about positive change and inclusion within policy and Build a positive foundation for life for people living with ADHD.”
Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards added: “So many heartfelt testimonies really showcased how these people and organisations are having a profound impact on the lives of others, and I applaud them for their dedication to each specific cause. Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is a privilege to recognise your bravery, resilience and courage and I am honoured to share this with the nation. I look forward to congratulating you in person in September”.
To view a full list of nominees visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/shortlist