‘You be­come your child’s full-time ad­vo­cate’

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“There­fore, they get no sup­port, and their chil­dren get no sup­port,” says Collins, who wants to see an “eq­uity of care” made avail­able in the Val­ley.

She has been try­ing to or­ga­nize a sup­port group of some kind for the last few years on her own, to no avail.

“There has to be a plan that pro­vides the same level of sup­port for peo­ple across so­cial strata and level of ed­u­ca­tion. There has to be a way to pro­vide it across our county where all peo­ple can take ad­van­tage of it.”

Now, with the help of Kings North MLA John Lohr, she might be within reach of pro­vid­ing that eq­uity of care to her com­mu­nity.

Lohr be­came in­volved when he re­al­ized he was of­ten plug­ging ADHD sup­port net­works out of Dart­mouth, such as the Ex­cal­ibur ADHD As­so­ci­a­tion, and wanted to start adding some lo­cal groups as well.

“I started look­ing for the Val­ley ADHD sup­port groups, and just couldn’t find one,” says Lohr.

Lohr was put in con­tact with Collins, and also reached out to Maya Warnock of Ex­cal­ibur, and they were able to put to­gether an ADHD info ses­sion for Feb. 7.

Warnock will be there to talk about ADHD to lo­cal par­ents, but if there’s enough in­ter­est from the com­mu­nity, she’ll also be will­ing to pro­vide re­sources to help set up a Kings County chap­ter.

“We will need peo­ple to step for­ward and take roles on in that, if it’s go­ing to hap­pen,” says Lohr. “I think there’s enough in­ter­est - it’s just a mat­ter of some­body say­ing, OK, let’s make this work.”

Collins says par­ents can’t rely on politi­cians or an over­whelmed health­care sys­tem to pro­vide this net­work for the com­mu­nity.

“I’m hop­ing that lots of peo­ple come out,” she says. “It has to be built from the ground up in the com­mu­nity if it’s go­ing to work and if it’s go­ing to be sus­tain­able.”

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