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TouretteConnect September 2020

Dear Friend, I am excited to share updates on progress being made on behalf of our resilient community. We’ve launched a new donor exclusive series that delves deeper into advancements made as a direct result of your contributions. There has always been a heightened need for access to TS programs and offerings that support underserved areas across the US. In our current state, we have tripled offerings to ensure everyone – underserved or locally supported by a TAA Chapter or Support Group – can have the access that is so desperately needed.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

The Tourette Association of America is highlighting the varied and unique voices of the Tourette Syndrome community and, as part of this, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. To mark this celebration, the TAA is calling on members of the community to share your stories.

Dealing With Emotional Outbursts at Home and in the Community

: The emotional outbursts that are part of Tourette Syndrome can add strain to children, parents, and whole families. If you find yourself walking on eggshells around your child to keep him or her from exploding, it’s time to learn some new strategies. Learn how to recognize and de-escalate the emotional overflow your child experiences to help him or her have fewer meltdowns.

Learning in the Time of COVID-19

This webinar will focus on the educational challenges that children with Tourette Syndrome are facing and how these are impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Managing Tourette Syndrome and Anxiety during COVID-19

Please join the Tourette Association of America along with Emily Ricketts, Ph.D. and John Piacentini, Ph.D. on Thursday, September 10 at 10 am PST for the “Managing Tourette Syndrome and Anxiety during COVID-19” seminar.

Beyond Behaviors: Understanding What Underlies Behavioral Challenges

Dr. Mona Delahooke introduces a new approach to solving children’s behavioral challenges using a developmental and relationship-based approach. She emphasizes understanding and compassion in working with neurodiverse children and teens and offers us a new lens on how children’s brains and bodies make sense of their environment.

Ask the Youth Ambassador/Rising Leader

Do you have a question that you always wanted to ask a Tourette Association of America Youth Ambassador or Rising Leader? Join Youth Ambassador Andrew Fogarty and Rising Leader Rhianna Wicken for a Facebook Live on Monday, September 21 at 7pm ET, where Andrew and Rhianna will answer a series of questions submitted online by teens and young adults.

TouretteConnect August 2020

In the last several weeks we’ve seen a spike in outreach to the TAA encompassing stories related to workplace, housing and corporate discrimination. This is not something our community is unfamiliar with, but the national spotlight on similar topics reminds us that we must equip ourselves with knowledge. It is important to understand your rights and when they are being violated. Later this month is the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights law extended the right for our community, and many others, to access public places, businesses, and to participate in the same everyday activities as other citizens. In celebration, there is a free webinar on July 29 highlighting workplace accommodations and disability rights which we hope you will attend.