TVO asks: How does ADHD affect kids' lives when they're grown?

    Live, interactive TV-Web event explores ADHD and adulthood, and connects
    viewers to experts

    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Do kids with attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD) ever outgrow the condition? We often associate ADHD with
children, and while overt symptoms may dissipate as they age, the challenges
that ADHD presents evolve as kids make the transition into adulthood. What
obstacles do young adults with ADHD face? How does ADHD impact their lives at
school, home and work?
    On Wednesday September 30, TVO explores ADHD and adulthood in an
interactive TV-Web event starting with the world premiere of the documentary,
A Mind like Mine, at 10 pm, followed immediately by a live webcast discussion
with experts at

    A Mind like Mine - World premiere

    Wednesday September 30 2009 at 10 pm ET
    60 minutes
    Written, directed and produced by Karen O'Donnell

    In her 2002 documentary Odd Kid Out, filmmaker Karen O'Donnell followed
three kids with ADHD - her own son Kail, 12, and Daniel Desjardins, 15, among
them - as they and their families dealt with the scope of the pervasive
interruptions and frustrations ADHD brought to daily life.
    Seven years later in A Mind like Mine, O'Donnell turns her lens back on
the now-grown Kail and Daniel to create an intimate portrait of how ADHD
affects them as young adults. Chronicling a year in the lives of the young
men, the film captures their triumphs and challenges as they work toward their
educational goals. Daniel, who has had to cope with depression following
devastating losses in his personal life, is attending his first year of
college and struggling with classes, homework and fitting in. Meanwhile, Kail
is striving to get into university: he and his mother consult with his
teachers to ensure strategies are in place to help him meet admission
requirements, and he takes the decision about medication into his own hands.
No matter the issues that ADHD brings - the struggle to concentrate and to
inhibit and regulate behaviour, time management, organization - both men are
intent on achieving success.
    Along the way, the story takes a powerful twist as O'Donnell herself
comes face to face with an intriguing turn of events. What begins as an
intimate observation develops into a deeply personal journey.

    Webcast discussion at - LIVE AND INTERACTIVE!

    Wednesday September 30 2009 starting at approximately 10:55 pm ET at
    Immediately following A Mind like Mine, viewers can further explore and
discuss issues raised in the film in a special LIVE, interactive webcast at
    What happens when kids with ADHD grow up? Do they need medications for
life? Are they able to attend postsecondary school, live independently and
work? What accommodations, if any, are available to them? What determines who
will succeed? Join TVO's Cheryl Jackson and experts who offer their insight on
these questions and more, and take viewer questions.

    Guests include:

    -   Filmmaker Karen O'Donnell. A Mind like Mine is O'Donnell's third
        exploration of ADHD. In addition to this film and Odd Kid Out,
        O'Donnell's My Different Life brought to light the challenges of a
        single mom desperately trying to get the proper education for her
        three kids, two of whom cope with a learning disability and the third
        with ADHD.
    -   Kail O'Donnell and Daniel Desjardins, the subjects of A Mind like
    -   Dr. Attila Turgay, a leading ADHD specialist and director of the ADHD
        Clinic at The Scarborough Hospital

    Viewers can send in their questions to be answered by the panel by phone
toll free at 1.888.891.1195. They can also submit questions in advance at starting Wednesday September 23, or during the live webcast.

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information,

    Where to find TVO

    Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV channel 265,
Star Choice channel 353.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Angela Garde, TVO
Communications, (416) 484-2600 x 2305,

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