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This is the third report published by the project “Knowing Me, Knowing You”. The project started December 1st, 2000 and continues until the end of March 2002. Project partners are national associations in Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom. Norway is associated to the project on its own expense.

The European Commission, Employment and Social Affairs DG, has funded the project “Knowing Me, Knowing You” to identify the level and types of social exclusion associated with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) across Europe. The project will identify 1) all key national ADHD groups and organisations 2) the types of social exclusion and the extent to which it happens across Europe and 3) key resource needs of organisations to combat social exclusion at local, regional and national level.

The project will deliver three reports. The first is based on a mapping exercise - via questionnaire - of the situation across EU regarding people with ADHD. Parents views on the ideal way to diagnosis and early intervention is published in the second report. This third report is about adults with ADHD: How to unlock society’s knowledge for people with ADHD who are intelligent
but often are excluded from employment opportunities and from taking part in activities which enable them to reach their potential for themselves and for the community’s in which they live.

The three reports are meant to be read independently of each other. Therefore the reader will find that the introduction to ADHD and the description of ADHD as a diverse and complex condition are repeated in each report.

In addition, an informal European “inter-active” support network for individuals with ADHD and their families has been set up: http://www.adhd-europe.org/ . At the site adults with ADHD as well as parents to a child with ADHD can provide and gather information about the situation in Europe. The website provides the opportunity for individuals and professionals to communicate with each other and to learn from each other.

The ambition of the project “Knowing Me, Knowing You” - time and money considered - is huge. This has only been understood since the project started. None of the partner countries were aware of the diversity, complexity and the large number of Europeans affected by ADHD and the large number of local, regional and national organisations working with the condition.

Overall, the project will only scratch the surface. However, it is already becoming clear that the Mapping Exercise has generated a lot of interest on the part of many national organisations throughout Europe to work together and to establish more appropriate and more effective communication, co-operation and consistent action concerning ADHD across Europe in the future.

13 European nations were represented at the conference in Stockholm March 2002, adults with ADHD and professionals with special interest in ADHD. Each nation contributed with an overview of the current situation for adults with the condition in their country. There are differences between the nations but in many ways the situation is comparable across Europe. Hence the conference participants were able to identify areas of problems facing adults and to list how these adults are socially excluded, which this report will describe.

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