Posted by: Patrick | 2008/08/13


Adult ADD: Industry: EmploymntSupport ?

After many difficult academic years as an ADD' er I' m am finishing my BTech in Mechanical Eng. Now I' ve had a couple years working as a trainee/technician in industry and although I' ve achieve lots of praise and success for my creativity &  innovation skills, I in contrast I' ve had huge difficulties with the time management and working within normal hours that are set by industry and this really caused big problems for my former employers (in my studies too).
I have not been on any stimulant meds since I was in school because found that they compromise my creative side - my art, design and creative writing marks actually reduced when on Ritalin in school albeit doing better in maths and science &  grammar - the drug made me feel disconnected and unsociable as well as the downers me feel physically general generically unhappy .

Currently I take a half dose of Cymbalta to manage control anxiety and physical compulsivity symptoms and have for the last two or so years had reasonable effectiveness with the drug in managing these.

Since I' ll soon be re-entering the job market and persuing my chosen profession there are a number of considerations to make. For me the ideal situation in the workplace is to have a p.a. to assist with time management and planning management activities or/and a open minded employer/mentor willing to make the necessary concessions. In order to become a Professional I' d need 3 to 5 years in a graduate training program - generically with a larger firm. Thats the catch 22  sufficient accommodations seem to be more likely in smaller companies or in self employment (which is my eventual aim).

Does the SA goverment have a policy that covers or provided accomodations for employers of persons diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or other difficulties such as cronic anxiety, dyslexia and depression? (Such policies do exist in some countries). If so under what conditions?
How does one broach the issue with a potential employer without compromising initial chances of getting a job?
Hope you have some answers
Thanks - Patrick du Toit

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ADHD Expert

Dear Patrick,
I am so sorry I have taken so long to reply to you. I have consulted with a labour lawyer who unfortunately could not answer your query. She recommended contacting the department of health. I have tried this but have to date not been able to contact anyone. Please continue on this avenue. I hope you receive an answer soon, I'm sorry I cannot be of more help.
Kind regards.

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