Art Installation Aims To Raise Awareness for ADHD and Autism

Bonnie Evie Gifford
By Bonnie Evie Gifford,
updated on Dec 8, 2022

Art Installation Aims To Raise Awareness for ADHD and Autism

The Umbrella Project, launching at MediaCityUK this June, celebrates the gifts, talents, and employability of those with neuro-developmental disorders

From 28th June, brightly coloured umbrellas will be suspended over MediaCityUK at Salford Quays as part of an initiative to raise awareness of autism and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

Devised by the ADHD Foundation, the installation celebrates the gifts, talents, and employability of autistic people, those with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Each umbrella has been signed by a child, stating ‘My Super Power is…’ as part of a wider education programme with participating schools.

Dr Tony Lloyd, chief executive of ADHD Foundation, said: “ADHD and autism are ‘umbrella terms’, hence the Umbrella Project was created. The objective is to highlight the skills and “super powers” of children with neurodevelopmental disorders - society’s “invisible disabilities” that can lead to unfair stigma and prejudice. We want to raise awareness and kick start a conversation about how we can best improve the outcomes for these talented young people as they enter into adult life.”

Stephen Wild, managing director of MediaCityUK, said: “MediaCityUK provides an environment which encourages creativity, innovation and diversity, and we are immensely proud that we were asked to be the host for the launch of this excellent initiative by ADHD Foundation. The foundation does some fantastic work across the UK and the Umbrella Project highlights that more awareness is needed to ensure we all support the educational attainment and employability of young adults with ADHD and autism.”

This year’s installation follows the phenomenal success in 2017 when the Umbrella Project first appeared in Church Alley in Liverpool city centre, becoming an instagram sensation. The installation will feature in both MediaCityUK and Church Alley this year, from the afternoon of June 28th.

ADHD affects over 500,000 school aged children across the UK. Characterised by hyperactivity, impulsivity, restlessness and inattentiveness. If unsupported it can lead to educational, social and psychological difficulties. Most prevalent in children and teens, ADHD can also affect adults.

The ADHD Foundation aims to promote and improve mental health, educational achievements, employability, social and life chances of children, young people, and adults affected by ADHD through a wide range of training, therapies, and early intervention.

Founded in 2007 by Liverpool City Council, the foundation is now the largest patient-led organisation of its kind in the UK, offering support to over 3,000 families across the UK each year and delivering training to more than 3,000 professionals including teachers, nurses and doctors.

Businesses in the Greater Manchester area can get involved by sponsoring an umbrella for just £100, which will buy a whole programme of support for families. For further information visit ADHD Foundation or contact Paula Stock on 0151 237 2661.

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