Standing Up for Your Adult ADHD Needs
Once upon a time, in a land called Bryn Mawr, PA, I was afraid to stand up for my adult ADHD needs. I was first diagnosed my sophomore year and started to receive testing accommodations for my fall semester finals. It was so difficult to accept my adult ADHD diagnosis and even more difficult that I needed something extra to perform at the same level as everyone else. It made me feel less than.
Accommodating Adult ADHD Needs
And, then, I saw how my grades improved. I felt better when I was able to read those long-winded essay questions and was able to respond with well reasoned answers. It felt empowering!
The longer I sat with my diagnosis, the better I felt about my needs. When I take a test, I get extra time and a room to myself. I perform consistently better when my needs are met and I no longer feel like I'm getting extra-special treatment - the playing field is being leveled.
I wrote on my little form they give you that I have adult ADHD and that it could possibly make it difficult for me to sit in the jury. The first judge dismissed me immediately after seeing my form. The second judge had me approach the bench. She mentioned seeing that I have a B.A. in Psychology and wondered that if I could get through my degree, then maybe I could get through a trial.
I was honest. I could do it if I was allowed to take notes. My memory, when it comes to things I hear, isn't always the best. When I'm able to write it down, my memory is a bout a bajillion times better. The judge honored my request - but, not without some difficulty.
Turns out, the courthouse was in a notebook shortage! The judge required that her bailiff acquire six notebooks (one for each jury member), never mentioning that I was the reason for the request. Her bailiff returned several times saying that there just weren't any notebooks around. Eventually, the bailiff found six semi-used legal pads and six pens for us. We sat through the trial, deliberated and the verdict was delivered.
I was so impressed with this judge taking my needs so seriously. It really touched me. And my fellow jury members, save one (she preferred to just listen), loved having the notebooks. It made deliberation so much easier; we were able to flip back and remember just what the witnesses had said. My adult ADHD needs being met made others able to learn and remember better. Now, that's what I call justice!
Prager, E. (2013, March 25). Standing Up for Your Adult ADHD Needs, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 17 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingwithadultadhd/2013/03/standing-up-for-your-adult-adhd-needs