Becoming hyperfocused. Having constant spurts of energy. Being impulsive and spontaneous. Those are some facts that about Attention Deficit / Hyperactive Disorder (AD/HD), a special condition that is spotlighted in SPEED’s Speak Out pledge week this year.
This year’s Speak Out aims to raise awareness about the AD/HD sector within the Ateneo community. By pledging in the booth (and the optional decision to donate money to SPEED’s partner institutions), Ateneans were encouraged to know more people about AD/HD, to understand their needs as people, to look beyond their condition and to embrace and love them as part of a larger happy, inclusive society.
SPEED President Alimee Pagulayan hopes that Speak Out will encourage more initiatives to support persons will AD/HD and other PWSNs within the Ateneo. “Whether it’s a personal form of support, such as genuinely getting to know persons with ADHD, or a structural form of support done by the university to accommodate PWSNs, we hope that people would see the need for it and be able to do something about it,” she expressed.
Written by: Joel Anthony Lim, 4 AB Interdisciplinary Studies