Hear all the News at the 2021 Virtual International Conference on ADHD

Nov 17, 2021

Hear all the News at the 2021 Virtual Conference on ADHD

How Virtual Conferences ARE and ARE NOT ADHD-Friendly!

Earlier this month the annual International Conference on ADHD was held virtually, once again, due to the pandemic. While I miss the connection that comes from attending in person, I had some thoughts I wanted to share on how an online conference IS and IS NOT ADHD-Friendly.

A virtual conference IS ADHD-Friendly because…

  • There is no need for commute/reservations/travel plans (resulting in lower cost, too!)
  • There are limited distractions during/between sessions
  • Moving around while listening is possible
  • It is possible to spread out notes/laptop and supplies so relevant materials can be seen while attending each session
  • It is possible to print handouts and write on them during the live sessions
  • Recordings of sessions are available for 2 weeks at no additional cost!

A virtual conference IS NOT ADHD-friendly because…

  • It is not possible to connect with other participants as easily
  • It is not possible to see/find friends between sessions
  • There is nobody with whom to process information after a long day of informative sessions
  • Tech challenges can trigger frustration
  • Digital fatigue is already a factor, and an online conference only adds to that

What did I miss? If you attended this year’s conference, what did you notice that was or wasn’t ADHD-friendly?

At the present time, next year’s conference is slated to be held IN PERSON in DALLAS, TEXAS!

While I will miss some of the conveniences of a virtual conference, I am looking forward to experiencing the many ways an in-person conference is indeed more ADHD Friendly.

I hope to see everyone in Dallas in 2022!!

“Today’s Executive Function challenges left unaddressed
will be tomorrow’s career challenges.”

Conference quote from Chris Zeigler Dendy

Written by Patty Blinderman

To create content focused on leveling the playing field for individuals impacted by ADHD. Patty shares research as well as tried-and-true practices and her own experiences in the hopes that it makes your life a bit more ADHD-friendly!

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