UK ADHD Act

On 24th January 2018, I was lucky enough to be invited to the UK Parliament at Westminster by ADHD Action for the launch of an All Party Parliamentary Group for ADHD. For more information about the Act, read below, and you can read more about my experience of the event in the blog post, “The Epic Adventure of an ADHDer Going to Westminster.”
With and ADHD Act, the government will be obliged by law to make adequate provisions for children and adults with ADHD 

ADHD Action’s Initial Overview of the ADHD Act


ADHD Action calls upon the UK Government to pass an Act of Parliament that will broadly: 

1) Place a duty on the Government to produce a broad strategy for ADHD adults and children which is kept under regular review,  which includes access for all persons that require assessment and treatment for ADHD

2) A duty to produce statutory guidance to ensure implementation of the strategy for the following bodies:
  • Education
  • Health (including mental, sexual and addiction support)
  • Criminal justice (police, prisons, probation)
  • Work, pensions and benefits
  • Employment law 
  • Local authorities (e.g. social services, homelessness)
  • Media (for responsible reporting)
There are currently many challenges to the UK ADHD community, which affects approximately 5% of children and 2.5% of adults. Outlined changes will save significant sums of money to public services due to disease impact.
 
Key issues include a postcode lottery of non-existent provision or long waiting lists; lack of awareness and stigma across media, society, even heath and education professionals; and lack of data on the extent of the UK impact of ADHD. 
 
Information taken from: http://www.adhdaction.org/the-adhd-act