Kaleidoscope Society is an empowering community for women with ADHD. Our vision is that one day all women with ADHD will feel celebrated for the unique value they contribute to the world.
What is underrepresented in mainstream media is that women with ADHD are highly creative, entrepreneurial, hardworking, passionate and resilient. We are trailblazers and pioneers in a variety of fields. There are also real challenges that come with ADHD that are not widely understood. We are here to raise awareness, understanding and support for women like us.
Why did we start a community for Women with ADHD?
1. The female ADHD experience is invisible and underdiagnosed
ADHD is commonly associated with children and men yet over 6 million women in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD and it’s estimated that 4 million more live undiagnosed. Women face unique challenges due to lack of scientific knowledge, resources, or public understanding. Stigma leads many women with ADHD to stay silent about their experiences feeling alone, confused and misunderstood.
2. Delay in diagnosis can be life damaging
Research shows that ADHD manifests itself differently in females and it’s estimated that 50-75% of women with ADHD go undiagnosed. This leaves 4 million women to suffer in silence, causing life damaging consequences. Delay or lack of appropriate diagnosis and treatment can result other conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, learning disabilities, OCD, PTSD, drug and alcohol addiction and eating disorders. (Source: NAMI)
3. There’s a rapidly growing need
Adult women with ADHD between the ages of 24 to 36 are the fastest growing population undergoing treatment for ADHD. In the last 5 years the use of ADHD medication by this age group of women increased by 85%. There is a growing group of millennial women who are searching for relatable and relevant resources for their experiences.
BUILD ON OUR STRENGTHS
Kaleidoscope Society is a first of its kind movement made possible by many different people who came together to contribute their time and talent to support women with ADHD nationwide. To all of you, I sincerely say thank you. I’m so proud of what we’ve created so far, and looking forward to growing Kaleidoscope Society as a place where we can embrace our extraordinary traits and inspire greatness in each other. -Margaux Joffe, Founder
Margaux Joffe, Founder & Executive Producer
Julie Casali, Communications & Digital Content
Nicole Frangione, Community Features
Marcus Taylor, Creative Advisor
Barry Lai, Graphic Design & Branding
Franck Yelles, Technical Advisor
Dr. Lara Honos Webb, Ph.D.
Dr. John Burton
Marissa L Ampon
Shae Lisa Jackson