Over the last several months we have seen a number of inaccurate, hurtful references about Tourette Syndrome made by the media. The Tourette Association of America (TAA) has responded to each of these remarks by providing accurate information about TS to these outlets, offering training to employees of offending companies, and dispelling the myths of incorrect statements. Our response is in an effort to stop the stigma surrounding Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. We have made progress, but there is still so much more to do!
“So as I reach the later stages of my life, the tics are a part of me, and don't seem to be going anywhere.
Admittedly, if some sort of practical treatment were to come forth, it is my subdued dream to be tic free and see what it is like to be at peace in my body. The years of tics have created some arthritis as well as other aches and pains in the areas of manifestation, and I do not know the peace that a "normal" person knows.” - Kevin
We’d like to set the record straight. People living with Tourette Syndrome are not “A Tourette’s.” They are mothers, fathers, children, educators, award-winning journalists, Olympic Gold medalists and professional athletes, actors, rising pop musicians, authors and so much more. They are a community of equal, exceptional individuals who don’t want to be defined by their tics.
Tourette Association of America President and CEO Amanda Talty issued the following statement on today’s release of the first-ever treatment guidelines issued by the American Academy of Neurology. TAA has been an ongoing participant in the development of the guidelines; ten of the co-authors are involved closely with TAA.