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Current Role: Board Member
After the experience in her family, where ADHD is very much present, and what she discovered at CHADD, she saw the importance of good information to families and schools of what ADHD is and how it affects not only the individual but the family and society in general as well. Because of the needs she found were not still meet, she founded and is the president of Adana Foundation in 1997, in Barcelona, Spain.
Isabel Rubio has been the President of of Adana Foundation since May 6, 1997, and registered in the Registry of Private Foundations of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Spain) with the number 1102, on September 25 of the same year. ADANA has as its main goal to improve the quality of life of people with ADHD (Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It was created to inform, train and help all those people interested in these disorders, with the aim to develop all the possible means to diminish the negative effects that they have on children, adolescents and adults, in order for them to be able to enjoy a happy life.
Since the start ADANA Foundation works with families to provide interventions that helps the child or adolescent to overcome their academic, personal or social difficulties because of ADHD. Another ADANA’s goal is to inform and train professionals, especially at the mental health and education level. For this, they organize training courses accepted by the Catalonian Department of Education and Health and has trained more than 10.000 teachers in strategies to help the student with ADHD in the classroom. Because of this expertise, Beatriz Mena, Director of ADANA Foundation, participated in the elaboration of the psychoeducational contribution to the Spanish ADHD Guidelines, by the Ministry of Health.
Since 2009, ADANA has a Postgraduate Studies related to ADHD, and other related disorders, and has students from all Spanish-speaking countries. ADANA has also a program to help around 50 students with severe learning and behavioral difficulties in the classroom. To do all this ADANA counts also with an Assessor Committee with professionals who are very much recognized as experts on ADHD.
This year, ADANA has modified their Statutes to help people with neurodevelopmental disorders as ADHD usually is comorbid with other conditions and wants to continue its task on the educational field, providing answers to those with school failure and social rejection because of their special needs.
Because of her commitment to ADHD, Isabel has participated in many of the meetings that took around Europe since 2001 with the project “Knowing me knowing you”, and was one of the people who believed it was of the most importance to create strong parent and affected advocacy organizations, she personally became a member of the Steering Committee of ADHD-Europe in 2005-2006, and was a founding member too of FEAADAH, the Spanish federation of Parent Associations related to ADHD, since then ADANA Foundation is an Honory member of the organization. ADANA has helped many of the Spanish Parent Associations on their creation and
Elected member of the Board of ADHD-Europe (2018)
Member of the Board of ADHD-Europe as Vice-president (2006-February 2014)
Member of the Steering Committee of ADHD-Europe (2005-2006)
Degree of Pharmacy and History (University of Barcelona)
Accountancy (EADA) and PADE (IESE).