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This is the second report published by the project “Knowing Me, Knowing You”. The project started December 1st, 2000 and will end March 2002 and is a collaboration between national associations in Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and United Kingdom. Norway is associated to the project on its own expense.

The European Commission, Employment and Social Affairs DG, has funded the “Knowing Me, Knowing You” project to identify the level and types of social exclusion associated with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) across Europe. The project will identify 1) key national ADHD groups and organisations 2) the extent and types of social exclusion 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.”Mapping ADHD across Europe” is the first and it 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 this second report. The 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: www.adhd-europe.org.

At the site adults with ADHD as well as parents to a child with ADHD can Diagnosis and early intervention 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 project “Knowing Me, Knowing You” has generated a lot of interest on the part of many national organisations throughout Europe to work together and to establish more appropiate and more effective communication, co-operation and consistent action concerning ADHD across Europe in the future.

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