Scholarship includes help with tuition plus coaching services
MONTREAL, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Shire Canada is launching an
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Scholarship Program for
Canadian adults diagnosed with ADHD who are pursuing post-secondary
education. A first in Canada, the new Program will award five
recipients with a unique scholarship that combines financial support
for tuition as well one year's worth of ADHD coaching services. Full
Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program details can be found at www.shireadhdscholarship.com.
"Individuals with ADHD may be as smart as anyone else. However, they
typically have difficulties with such things as planning, time
management and organizational skills," explains Dr. Lily Hechtman,
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at McGill University, Director
of Research in the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr.
Hechtman is also a member of the jury for the Shire Canada ADHD
Scholarship Program. "We hope this Program will help these young adults
manage the additional challenges that come with having ADHD and allow
them to be even more successful in school and their other daily
Helping adult students with ADHD unlock their full academic potential
The Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship includes $1,500 towards tuition in a
recognized post-secondary institution in Canada as well as one-years'
worth of ADHD coaching provided by the Edge Foundation, a non-profit
organization that specializes in ADHD coaching for students (estimated
value for the coaching services offered within the scope of the
Scholarships' recipients will be selected based on a personal essay
describing how ADHD has impacted their lives and their thoughts about
ADHD Coaching. Assessment of the applications will be performed by an
independent jury panel made up of leading Canadian ADHD medical experts
and representatives from three Canadian ADHD patient associations.
"We are proud to support young adults with ADHD, especially as they
transition from high school to yet another level of education, which
constitutes a new and challenging chapter of their life," says Claude
Perron, Vice President and General Manager at Shire Canada. "We also
hope the Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program will help raise
awareness about adult ADHD."
The scholarship is available to residents of Alberta, Ontario, and
Québec. A total of 5 recipients will be selected for the Scholarship
Program in 2013, a minimum of one winner per province. The deadline for
submitting applications is March 27, 2013; final winners will be
announced on June 17, 2013.
About Adult ADHD
ADHD is the most common mental health disorder in children. However,
despite studies showing that 80% of diagnosed children maintain the
diagnosis into adolescence and 60% are still affected by core symptoms
in adulthoodi, the disorder is still under diagnosed in adults.
Research has shown that adult ADHD is linked to lower socioeconomic
status, fewer years of education, lower rates of professional
employment and lower occupational achievement, among others.ii Approximately 4.4% of adults worldwide are affected by ADHDiii, which represents approximately 1.5 million Canadiansiv.
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Through our deep understanding of patients' needs, we develop and
provide healthcare in the areas of:
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as well as other symptomatic conditions treated by specialist
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About Shire Canada Inc.
Shire Canada Inc. is a subsidiary of Shire plc with headquarters in
Montréal (St-Laurent), Québec. For further information, please visit
the company's website: www.shirecanada.com.
ii Biederman J, Faraone S, Spencer T et al. Functional Impairments in
Adults With Self-Reports of DiagnosedADHD: A Controlled Study of 1001
Adults in the Community. J Clin Psychiatry. 2006:67(4): 524-40.
iv Derived from Statistics Canada 2012 demographics data. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/demo02a-eng.htm.
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