Candace's story, continued
Candace has a Bachelor’s degree in special education and elementary education from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s degree in special vocational education from George Washington University, so it might be surprising that, given her background, she went undiagnosed into adulthood. But the reality is that ADHD frequently goes undiagnosed because the symptoms of ADHD are chalked up to “not trying.”
This double diagnosis spurred Candace to learn everything she could about this misunderstood neurological disorder. Every year since 1996 Candace has attended CHADD-Children and Adults with Attention Deficit conference, eventually serving as a conference presenter and a presidential board member. Since her diagnosis, Candace has become a tireless champion for raising awareness about ADHD. She is involved with research, support, and advocacy for ADHD children and adults.
Driving Candace’s work is the knowledge that children and adults with ADHD often labor under the mistaken belief that they are not smart. In fact, the ADHD brain is highly intelligent. But difficulties focusing, organizing information, and managing time can make it difficult to bring the products of these amazing brains to fruition.
Candace knows firsthand how critical one-on-one coaching, guidance, and advocacy is for the success of children with ADHD. This is why she decided to start the CSahm Foundation: to bring these critical services to every child, regardless of their ability to pay.