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Nadia GillGovernment funding is turning an idea by drama student Nadia Gill into reality, launching a campaign to destigmatize ADHD.

Campaign to destigmatize neurodiversity wins provincial support

A student-led information campaign to destigmatize Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder has received a boost from the Ontario government.

Working in partnership with the Learning Disability Association of Windsor and Essex County, the University of Windsor will create materials as a free resource for institutions in post-secondary education and other sectors, including developmental services and employment.

“Breaking Down Barriers: ADHD & Neurodiversity in PSE” won a grant of up to $25,274 from the EnAbling Change Program. The project originated with drama student Nadia Gill, says Cherie Gagnon, accessibility manager in the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility.

Gill took first prize in the University’s IDeA competition and then third place in a national competition for solutions to address barriers and challenges for people with disabilities with her three-pronged approach:

  • a social media campaign to spread awareness;
  • a seminar series for students, educators, and staff to enhance their knowledge; and
  • a permanent web resource to act as an information hub.

“This student-led project promotes inclusion and respect for university students who identify as neurodiverse,” Gagnon says. “The EnAbling Change Program has allowed us to turn an idea into a reality.”

The EnAbling Change Program invested up to $1.3 million in 14 projects across the province, including four in southwestern Ontario.

“Our government is helping residents create an Ontario where everyone can participate more fully in everyday life, in their local communities and the economy,” said Raymond Cho, minister for seniors and accessibility. “We are proud to invest in these local projects that will provide education and resources to reduce barriers in our post-secondary institutions.”