Shire Canada Inc. launches unique scholarship program for Canadian students with ADHD

Shire Canada Inc. launches unique scholarship program for Canadian students 
with ADHD 
Scholarship includes help with tuition plus coaching services 
MONTREAL, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Shire Canada is launching an 
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Scholarship Program for 
Canadian adults diagnosed with ADHD who are pursuing post-secondary education. 
A first in Canada, the new Program will award five recipients with a unique 
scholarship that combines financial support for tuition as well one year's 
worth of ADHD coaching services. Full Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program 
details can be found at www.shireadhdscholarship.com. 
"Individuals with ADHD may be as smart as anyone else. However, they typically 
have difficulties with such things as planning, time management and 
organizational skills," explains Dr. Lily Hechtman, Professor of Psychiatry 
and Pediatrics at McGill University, Director of Research in the division of 
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Hechtman is also a member of the jury for 
the Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program. "We hope this Program will help 
these young adults manage the additional challenges that come with having ADHD 
and allow them to be even more successful in school and their other daily 
activities." 
Helping adult students with ADHD unlock their full academic potential
The Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship includes $1,500 towards tuition in a 
recognized post-secondary institution in Canada as well as one-years' worth of 
ADHD coaching provided by the Edge Foundation, a non-profit organization that 
specializes in ADHD coaching for students (estimated value for the coaching 
services offered within the scope of the Program: $4,400). 
Scholarships' recipients will be selected based on a personal essay describing 
how ADHD has impacted their lives and their thoughts about ADHD Coaching. 
Assessment of the applications will be performed by an independent jury panel 
made up of leading Canadian ADHD medical experts and representatives from 
three Canadian ADHD patient associations. 
"We are proud to support young adults with ADHD, especially as they transition 
from high school to yet another level of education, which constitutes a new 
and challenging chapter of their life," says Claude Perron, Vice President and 
General Manager at ShireCanada. "We also hope the Shire Canada ADHD 
Scholarship Program will help raise awareness about adult ADHD." 
The scholarship is available to residents of Alberta, Ontario, and Québec. A 
total of 5 recipients will be selected for the Scholarship Program in 2013, a 
minimum of one winner per province. The deadline for submitting applications 
is March 27, 2013; final winners will be announced on June 17, 2013. 
About Adult ADHD
ADHD is the most common mental health disorder in children. However, despite 
studies showing that 80% of diagnosed children maintain the diagnosis into 
adolescence and 60% are still affected by core symptoms in adulthood(i), the 
disorder is still under diagnosed in adults. 
Research has shown that adult ADHD is linked to lower socioeconomic status, 
fewer years of education, lower rates of professional employment and lower 
occupational achievement, among others.(ii) Approximately 4.4% of adults 
worldwide are affected by ADHD(iii), which represents approximately 1.5 
million Canadians(iv). 
About Shire PLC
Shire enables people with life-altering conditions to lead better lives. 
Through our deep understanding of patients' needs, we develop and provide 
healthcare in the areas of: 


    --  Behavioural Health and Gastro Intestinal conditions
    --  Rare Diseases
    --  Regenerative Medicine

as well as other symptomatic conditions treated by specialist physicians.

We aspire to imagine and lead the future of healthcare, creating value for 
patients, physicians, policymakers, payers and our shareholders.
For further information on Shire, please visit the Company's website: 
www.shire.com.

About ShireCanadaInc.
ShireCanadaInc. is a subsidiary of Shire plc with headquarters in 
Montréal (St-Laurent), Québec. For further information, please visit the 
company's website:www.shirecanada.com.

(i) 
http://www.caddra.ca/cms4/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemi
d=233&lang=en
(ii) Biederman J, Faraone S, Spencer T et al. Functional Impairments in Adults 
With Self-Reports of DiagnosedADHD: A Controlled Study of 1001 Adults in the 
Community. J Clin Psychiatry. 2006:67(4): 524-40.
(iii) http://www.caddra.ca/cms4/pdfs/caddraGuidelines2011.pdf
(iv) Derived from Statistics Canada 2012 demographics data. 
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/demo02a-eng.htm.  

For further information or schedule an interview, please contact:

QUÉBEC David BARRETT CASACOM 514-286-2145, ext.224 dbarrett@casacom.ca

ONTARIO Kara LATTA CASACOM 416-944-2145 karalatta@casacom.ca

ALBERTA Ann GIBBON 778-999-0064 agibbon@casacom.ca

SOURCE: Shire Canada Inc.

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