I'm SO glad I joined CHADD

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I'm a data geek. Give me an excuse to study something for hours, I will. That's not why I joined CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD). I joined CHADD to meet people. Shortsighted me! CHADD, with a mission of improving the lives of people affected by ADD, is many many facets more valuable than that. I belong to a Washington State chapter. I've attended two meetings. And both qualified for continuing education credit for maintaining my Board certification. I've copied articles out of the newsletters for clients and friends. I've met people who offer profoundly impactful resources for the differently-able and neurodiverse.


One of the speakers, Maria Kelley, OTR/L, ATP, is a Senior Assistive Technology Specialist with the Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP). This is the WATAP mission, from its homepage:


"The mission of Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP) is to provide a comprehensive continuum of services and resources to help Washingtonians with disabilities of all ages to make informed decisions about assistive technology (AT), and to provide alternative means of acquiring the AT they need. WATAP serves not only individuals with disabilities, but also their circle of support including family members, employers, employment service providers, educators, health care providers, social service providers, and others seeking AT expertise in all areas of life, but especially in education, employment, and community living."

HOW MAGNIFICENT IS THAT??? And there are versions in EVERY STATE! I once blogged about adaptive technology, but until I attended Ms. Kelley's presentation, I had no idea how creative and diverse the tools are. I knew about time-keeping devices, speech recognition apps for dictation. But wearable technologies to reduce anxiety? Pens that read books out loud? This is magic. And the wizards at WATAP deserve applause.



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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Morning Lauren.

Pens that reads books, interesting.  Somewhere in my limited memory I believe I've heard of that before, but I won't bet my life on it

Nov 08, 2019 01:30 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lauren Williams, CPO wow.... I've not heard of pens that read out loud.... magical, it is...

Nov 08, 2019 05:18 AM #2
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I think it's great that family members, educators, employers are all part of their mission. If more people knew how to communicate effectively (and how to assist) those with ADD, everyone wins.

Nov 08, 2019 06:24 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Lauren- early intervention does help and I wish that more of our children had access to it. One of our young family members was helped early on. She just graduated from high school with offers to attend Wellesley, A&M and other exceptional colleges.   

Nov 08, 2019 06:13 PM #4
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