Tuesday, September 13, 2005

September 14th is National Attention Deficit Awareness Day

Tomorrow is a day of awareness for individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), a disability that is covered under the Americans with Disabilities. Employees with AD/HD may have short attention spans, difficulty focusing, and trouble prioritizing. The founders of National Attention Deficit Day are hoping that by calling attention to this condition, businesses will learn how to make their workplace "AD/HD friendly."

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) suggests the following tactics to help employers work effectively with AD/HD employees:

1. Give instructions clearly - preferably in writing.

2. Provide structure in long-term tasks, such as checklists and
deadlines for each stage.

3. Offer frequent and specific feedback on performance.

4. Provide extra clerical support.

5. Reduce distractions by placing the employee in a cubicle or
office away from high-noise areas.

To learn more about National Attention Deficit Awareness Day, visit www.add.org.

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