About the National Resource Center on ADHD: A Program of CHADD
The National Resource Center on ADHD (NRC): A Program of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder), was established in 2002 to be the national clearinghouse for the latest evidence-based information on ADHD. The NRC provides comprehensive information and support to individuals with ADHD, their families and friends, and the professionals involved in their lives.
Although individuals living with AD/HD can be very successful in life, without identification and proper treatment, ADHD may have serious consequences, including school failure, depression, problems with relationships, substance abuse, and job failure. Early identification and treatment are extremely important.
Recognizing this, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a Public Health Perspective Conference on AD/HD in Atlanta in 1999. A public health research agenda was developed that included the need to establish a national resource center that provides accurate and valid information to the public and professionals.
The NRC aims to improve the health and quality of life of individuals with ADHD and their families by:
- expanding their knowledge and understanding of issues related to ADHD, such as access to and quality of health care, treatment and interventions, education, parenting, life management skills, relationships, workplace challenges, co-occurring conditions, gender issues, and the legal system; and
- raising public awareness about AD/HD through outreach and the dissemination of information.
Highly trained Information Specialists are available, via telephone or the website, to respond to inquiries related to ADHD. A bilingual information specialist is also available to respond to inquiries in Spanish. We do not provide counseling, medical or legal advice, or give referrals to professionals who specialize in the diagnosis or treatment of ADHD (e.g. pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists).
The National Resource Center is operated by CHADD, the nation's leading advocacy and support organization serving individuals and families affected by AD/HD, and is supported by Cooperative Agreement 1U84DD001049-01 with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDD) at the CDC.
The Center is located in the CHADD national office in Lanham, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. Open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the National Resource Center welcomes visitors to the library. The NRC houses a comprehensive collection of books, reports, peer-reviewed journals, and more.
Susan Vosburgh, LCSW-C, DCSW
National Resource Center on ADHD:
A Program of CHADD
4601 Presidents Drive, Suite 300
Lanham, MD 20706