ADHD, ASC & LD Belgium is a non-profit support organisation run entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to provide a network of support, evidence-based information and resources for the English, Dutch and French speaking people in Belgium (families and their children, and also adults) – about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the Autism Spectrum (ASC) and Learning Differences, such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia (also called Developmental Coordination Disorder).
We began as a group working to support parents and families, teachers and schools with their neurodivergent children and teens. As our children grew up we became interested in how Neurodivergent Adults navigate workplaces and adult life, and our project,Neurodiverse Brains in the Workplace began.
We aim to spread awareness about these conditions in the international and European schools, and also in the local schools, as well as in civil society and the work sphere in Belgium. Our aim is that the children and adolescents who are struggling because of one or more neurodivergent conditions will have the opportunity to achieve their full capability at school, and to live balanced and productive lives as adults. For adults, we mean to provide support and advice for the different aspects of their lives so they can enjoy life and live up to their full potential.
ADHD ASC & LD Belgium is a founding member of ADHD Europe. We share the aim of ADHD Europe to reduce the stigma and misinformation surrounding ADHD, that still exists today – which is something that has a significant effect on the number of children, adolescents and adults who remain undiagnosed and untreated. Our Belgian organisation, and ADHD Europe both attend meetings at the European Parliament to represent the interests of our members, and neurodivergent people. We raise awareness of neurodivergent conditions to inform policy development and programmes, and to improve the situations of neurodivergent people in the European Union. We recently took part in a project with an ADHD Europe partner (ADHS Deutschland) to create an ADHD Women website.
This website is packed full of information which we hope you will find interesting and relevant. We have tried to add as many resources as possible to each separate section in order that you can continue to pursue the information which applies to your own situation. As you know is it impossible to provide all the information for each person because every single person is unique. Neurodiverse conditions are often misunderstood and much-maligned, while they are very real and lives can be ruined if conditions remain undetected and untreated.
What do we do?
We organise regular support meetings for neurodivergent adults, ADHD Women and for parents and teachers where we talk about neurodiversity. At support meetings, people can share their experiences and strategies and get advice from the other participants and the professionals facilitating these meetings. This is especially important when there is a new diagnosis or for newly arrived residents in Belgium who want to set up a support network within our community.
Our organisation invites nationally and internationally known experts to give workshops on important topics about AD/HD, Autistim, Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities (LD). We can assist parents in finding professional help for children and adolescents, parents and teachers, which can either take place at school or at another location. We can also assist adults in finding professional help.
For pupils, we advise that you seek a formal diagnosis, which is often required by schools for reasonable accommodations. We strive to offer resources and information to all schools in Belgium and recommend that you talk to your child’s school about the help they can provide.
Some adults are put off seeking a diagnosis by the long waiting times (these can be speeded up if you are prepared to pay for a private consultation). Other adults feel that a formal diagnosis is unnecessary – although if you seek medication – or accommodations in your workplace – you will probably require a formal diagnosis.
Please do consult with your prescribing doctor before making any changes to your, or your child’s, medication or treatment plan.
Contact us for more information.
* The organisation ADHD, ASC & LD Belgium was formerly known as ADHD – ASC – Dyslexia Family Resources Belgium – which was often abbreviated to AFRB.