Could AI be the key to unlocking every student’s potential in choosing a major?

Could AI be the key to unlocking every student’s potential in choosing a major?

This question has captured my interest, leading to a reflection on the often overlooked potential of AI in education: the power to choose freely, without barriers.

When discussing their choice of major, many students mention that they’ve selected fields that align with their strengths: engineering for those who excel at math, humanities for lovers of reading and writing, and biology for enthusiasts of the natural world.

This trend highlights a critical limitation in our education system—it tends to channel students into fields where they already succeed rather than encouraging exploration and support in areas of struggle.
Here lies the transformative potential of AI.

Think of how calculators assist those who struggle with mental math. Imagine an AI that supports comprehension for students who find reading challenging.

Such technology could serve as a universal “educational calculator,” enabling students to pursue any field of study, regardless of their initial proficiency.
AI can democratize learning, allowing passion, not just aptitude, to guide educational paths.

This shift could usher in a new era where barriers are dismantled and every student can achieve anything they set their mind to.

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ADHD in Adult have Lower Unemployement if They Are Medicated, Study Suggests:

ADHD in Adult have Lower Unemployement if They Are Medicated, Study Suggests:

Taking this a step further, a recently published JAMA study of middle-aged adults with ADHD found that the use of ADHD medications was associated with a 10% lower risk of long-term unemployment, especially for women.

When you look at this with other data in mind, the need for proper—and earlier—diagnosis of women and gender-diverse individuals becomes even more apparent. ADHDers, as a whole, earn 17% less than their neurotypical counterparts and also have higher unemployment rates. According to a 2023 Pew Research Center article, in 2022, American women earned 82% of what men did. It’s not hard to connect the dots and figure out that ADHD women are, therefore, earning even less than men. When you take into account other intersectional identities such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other disabilities, based upon data, it’s not hard to extrapolate that that pay gap only continues to increase.

So what can we do about it? First, the article from Attitude outlines significant first steps—stop looking at ADHD only through the male lens and start realizing that women and gender-diverse individuals present differently. Second, once diagnosed, access to medication (for those who want to take medication and who can take medication, as not everyone can, and it’s a very personal choice) and destigmatization of medication are paramount. Third, employers need to realize that while ADHD comes with its challenges, it also comes with positives, and when we’re allowed to work WITH our brains rather than against them, magical things can happen.

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Navigating Career Transitions with ADHD: Insights and Strategies

Navigating Career Transitions with ADHD: Insights and Strategies

Career transitions are a common part of professional growth and development today. However, for individuals with ADHD, these transitions can come with unique challenges and opportunities. I recently hosted an interactive seminar where participants explored the complexities of career changes when they have ADHD.

Below is a summary of our conversation; access the replay here

As the host and facilitator of the seminar “Understanding ADHD in Career Transitions,” I kicked off the session by setting the stage for an open and interactive discussion about how ADHD influences career decisions, workplace performance, and the path to fulfilling employment. Through a combination of personal anecdotes and expert insights, the participants and I explored how traits associated with ADHD can both challenge and facilitate career development.

Personal Journeys and Shared Experiences

The seminar featured attendees at various points in their career transitions, each sharing their unique experiences of dealing with ADHD in the workplace. Carlos talked about how he came to realize the impact of ADHD on his professional life after facing difficulties in his roles, which led him to pursue a formal diagnosis and coaching. Similarly, Lynn and Monica shared their stories about shifting careers, emphasizing the necessity of finding work that resonates with personal values and the importance of self-awareness in managing ADHD symptoms in professional environments.

Key Takeaways From the Seminar

  1. Career Transitions as Opportunities for Growth: I emphasized that transitions are not merely about switching jobs but about understanding how one’s unique brain wiring affects choices and career paths.
  2. ADHD as a Workplace Strength: Many participants pointed out how ADHD traits like hyperfocus, creativity, and innovative thinking can be advantageous in the right settings.
  3. The Importance of Networking and Support: It’s invaluable to share both struggles and successes with others who understand the ADHD experience. This sharing fosters a sense of community and offers practical tips for handling challenges.
  4. Advocacy and Accommodations: It’s essential to learn how to advocate for oneself in the workplace, which might involve negotiating accommodations, selecting roles that play to one’s strengths, and developing strategies to effectively manage ADHD symptoms.
  5. Reflection and Action Plan: I introduced a practical framework called “LEAPS” to manage career transitions, which stands for Look (for what you want), Evaluate (your strengths), Act (on one thing towards your goal), Praise/Reflect (on your progress), and Support (find or create a network).

Embracing ADHD in Your Career

In conclusion, the seminar underscored that while ADHD poses challenges in career transitions, it also offers a wellspring of unique strengths and creativity. By understanding and embracing their ADHD, individuals can more effectively navigate their career paths, making choices that not only meet their professional objectives but also accommodate their needs for enjoyment and fulfillment in their work.

The shared stories and strategies from the seminar provide hope and actionable guidance for anyone with ADHD navigating the intricate landscape of career transitions. Remember, it’s not just about landing the right job; it’s about creating a work-life that fully embraces all aspects of who you are, including your ADHD.


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Celebrating Uniqueness: Neurodiversity Pride Day

Celebrating Uniqueness: Neurodiversity Pride Day

Celebrating Uniqueness: Neurodiversity Pride Day

Imagine a day when the entire world comes together, not just to celebrate but to wholeheartedly embrace and honor the myriad ways our brains dance to the rhythms of life. This is Neurodiversity Pride Day, celebrated each year on June 16th or 18th. Since its inception in 2018, this day has stood as a beacon of hope, acceptance, and appreciation for those among us whose minds paint the world in different hues, showcasing the rich tapestry of human cognition and the invaluable contributions of neurodivergent individuals to our collective narrative.

Now, pause momentarily and envision how transformative it would be if Neurodiversity Pride Day were marked on every calendar and universally recognized and understood. The thought alone fills the heart with hope for a world where everyone is celebrated and valued regardless of their neurological makeup. How profound would the impact be on our collective consciousness, societal values, and the hearts and minds of people everywhere?

Neurodiversity Pride Day is far from a mere day of celebration.

It’s a profound movement, a clarion call to recognize and celebrate the natural and essential diversity of human brains—be it dyslexia, ADHD, autism, or any other neurological condition—as precious threads in the fabric of biodiversity. When we unite, sharing our stories and offering our support, we unleash a formidable force of community and empowerment that elevates us all.

As we fervently invite souls from all walks of life to join in activities that amplify our voices, share tales of triumph, and champion the full inclusion of neurodivergent individuals, we also dream. We dream of a day when Neurodiversity Pride Day is as universally acknowledged as any other significant day on the calendar, reminding us of the richness that neurodivergent individuals bring to our lives, communities, and societies.

Neurodiversity Pride Day is a powerful reminder of the sheer courage it demands for neurodivergent people to authentically be themselves in a world that often misunderstands or undervalues their distinctiveness. It’s a day for all of us to appreciate our unique traits and to recognize how these differences are not just strengths but are the very essence that binds our society together.

As we commemorate Neurodiversity Pride Day, let us passionately pledge to shed the shackles of outdated stereotypes and wholeheartedly welcome a future where neurodiversity is accepted and cherished for the incredible depth and richness it adds to our lives. Today, let us all unite in our resolve to recognize, support, and celebrate the breathtaking diversity of the human mind, acknowledging that, though our diagnoses may vary, our shared experiences and mutual understanding forge an unbreakable bond of solidarity and strength.

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Shining a Light on Girls with ADHD: Beyond the Stereotypes

Shining a Light on Girls with ADHD: Beyond the Stereotypes


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition often stereotyped by its visibility in hyperactive boys, overshadowing the subtler, yet equally impactful, presence it has in girls. The divergence in how ADHD manifests between genders necessitates a nuanced understanding and approach to support. This article delves into the less-discussed intricacies of ADHD in girls, complementing the insights provided in the “Differences in ADHD Presentation: Girls vs. Boys” slide deck by further highlighting the challenges and advocating for tailored intervention strategies.

Girls with ADHD frequently exhibit the predominantly inattentive subtype, which can be misleading due to its less disruptive appearance. This inattentiveness is not about a lack of focus but rather a challenge in maintaining it, particularly when tasks fail to engage or stimulate. The internal struggles of girls with ADHD often go unnoticed, buried under layers of shame, guilt, and plummeting self-esteem, contrasted starkly against boys’ more externalized frustration and defiance.

Social dynamics present another layer of complexity. Girls with ADHD might struggle with impulsivity and misunderstanding social cues, which peers can misinterpret as being overly bossy or needy. This misinterpretation can lead to social isolation, further exacerbating their emotional turmoil. Their heightened sensitivity to criticism and emotional dysregulation amplifies the adversity posed by these social challenges.

Moreover, girls with ADHD face executive function challenges, which impact their ability to plan, organize, and execute tasks efficiently. This difficulty is often mislabeled as laziness, further obscuring the need for understanding and support. Recognizing these challenges is the first step towards bridging the gap in support for girls with ADHD. It’s crucial to advocate for personalized interventions that consider the unique ways ADHD impacts their lives, fostering an environment where their struggles are acknowledged and addressed with empathy and understanding.

By drawing attention to these aspects, we complement the foundational knowledge provided in the slide deck and enrich our collective understanding of ADHD in girls. The goal is to pave the way for more inclusive and practical strategies that cater to the diverse needs of all individuals with ADHD, ensuring they receive the support and recognition they rightfully deserve.

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