March 8, 2016, by David Daley
Introducing the “in my shoes” campaign at the annual CANDAL conference
The annual conference for the Centre for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders across the Lifespan was held Friday 5th of February 2016 at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham. The theme of this year’s conference was enhancing understand of ADHD. Due to the kind support of Shire the audience were introduced to their ‘in my shoes’ campaign. The in my shoes campaign is a virtually reality experience and was developed with the help of Professor David Daley from CANDAL. In the experience participants wear Oculus rift glasses and enter a virtual reality world of three different individuals with ADHD, a young boy during a PE lesson at School, An adolescent girl who is taking an exam at school, and an adult having a challenging day at work. The experience allows participants to see the world through the eyes of three different patients with ADHD. This innovative experience aims to help clinicians fully understand what it is like to have ADHD so that they can see the individual behind the disorder. The experience was a big hit with clinicians, patients and service users and sparked a very useful debate among participants about the contribution the experience could make to enhancing public understanding of ADHD.