Video contest raises awareness about ADHD

Prizes include Visa, Amazon and Apple gift cards, an iPad mini, organizational memberships to CHADD and ADDA and free coaching or consulting time with ADHD coaches from ACO in the parent, child and adult categories, according to the ADHD Awareness website. (Courtesy/Twitter)

Three nonprofit organizations will recognize ADHD awareness month this October with a video contest to raise awareness about ADHD.

The video contest centers around the theme “Knowing is Better: ADHD through the lifespan.”

The three nonprofits are collectively known as the ADHD Awareness Month Coalition. The nonprofits in the coalition are Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) and the ADHD Coaches Organization(ACO).

“It’s better for parents to know that ADHD might be part of the picture so they can seek out the help their children need; it’s better for young adults to know about their ADHD so they might arrange for appropriate accommodations in school or the workplace; and it’s better for adults to recognize their ADHD instead of feeling destined to a life of underachievement and frustration,” the ADHD awareness month website said.

According to the website, the big question these nonprofits are asking is, “What do you want the world to know about ADHD?”

Two-minute original videos about this topic can be entered at the website. Each video must be entered with the theme of awareness in mind under one of four categories: parent, child, adult or professional.

There will be five winners in each of these categories: a judge’s choice winner, viewer’s choice winner and up to three honorable mentions.

The viewer’s choice winner will be awarded to the video in each category that receives the most votes from the public. Voting begins Oct. 4 and closes Oct. 20; each website visitor may vote once per day.

The winners in each category will be announced on Oct. 27.

Prizes include Visa, Amazon and Apple gift cards, an iPad mini, organizational memberships to CHADD and ADDA and free coaching or consulting time with ADHD coaches from ACO in the parent, child and adult categories, according to the ADHD Awareness website.



Molly Desrochers is a Campus Correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at molly.desrochers@uconn.edu.