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Celebrate the positives of ADHD - and win a NoteBook laptop

ADHASA, the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Support Group of Southern Africa, celebrates ADHD Awareness Day on 14 September 2010.  Our activities include an Essay Competition; with a Notebook to be won by one lucky ADHD child! (more details below).

We always notice the parts that hurt - in the same way we concentrate upon the challenges  and pain of ADHD, but sometimes fail to see the gifts that it brings. ADHASA encourages recognising and building on the strengths of ADHD - and so secure a happier and more fulfilling future for all!

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The trouble with ADHD (including ADD) is that we’re all so tied up with the upheaval and difficulties involved, that we forget to see the gifts it brings. ADHASA wants children (and all concerned) to step back and recognise how many of the symptoms of ADHD now causing problems can be to their benefit one day… that children with ADHD have many good qualities waiting to be discovered.

All children with ADD or ADHD are invited to take part in the ADHASA Essay Competition and the overall winner will be the proud owner of a NoteBook (small laptop)!  This fantastic prize has been sponsored by Arctic Health (EyeQ). 

And that's just the first prize – there are also many other prizes to be won including cash prizes, book prizes and more surprises! Schools of Prize Winners will each be given a free copy of the popular ADHASA resource book ‘Teaching and ADHD in the Southern African Classroom’ 2009 MACMILLAN.

Children can choose one of the following topics and show how the symptoms of ADHD can be an advantage in your life. This can be in your life now, in the future, or you could use your creativity and become a superhero!

  • "ADHD SuperKids"
  • "Building my future on positives of ADHD"
  • "ADHD-The warrior gene"

Essay Age categories

  • 6-9 years
  • 10-13 years
  • 14-16 years
  • 17 and up

Entrance fee is R20.  

Essays can be written in English, Afrikaans, Sotho or Zulu.  (Languages have been chosen according to ADHD experts available to judge the competition entries).

Essays can be posted to Box 3704, Randburg 2125; faxed to 086 604 7124 or emailed to

ADHASAPlease include Name of Child, age, email address, telephone number, and also which school they attend.  
Closing date is 31st August 2010
See for further details. 

Some Famous People with Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders

With perseverance, they made it.... and so can you!

  • Agatha Christie,
  • Albert Einstein,
  • Beethoven,
  • Carl Lewis,
  • Cher,
  • Dustin Hoffman,
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald,
  • Galileo,
  • General George Patton,
  • George Bernard Shaw,
  • George Bush's children,
  • Hans Christian Anderson,
  • John F. Kennedy (and his brother Robert Kennedy!),
  • John Lennon,
  • Leonardo da Vinci,
  • Louis Pasteur,
  • “Magic” Johnson,
  • Mozart,
  • Rockefeller,
  • Thomas Edison,
  • Prince Charles,
  • Richard Branson,
  • Robbie Williams,
  • Stephen Hawkings,
  • Steve McQueen,
  • Sylvester Stallone,
  • The Wright Brothers,
  • Thomas Thoreau,
  • Tom Cruise,
  • Walt Disney,
  • Whoopi Goldberg, and
  • Sir Winston Churchill.