In the past year, we have seen a growing number of calls for individual support and training from medical professionals, educators and the general public. Now, more than ever, we need your help to ensure that every child, every family, and every adult who reaches out to us will obtain the assistance they so desperately need. While we have had a significant impact on local communities across the nation, we are reminded of the importance of the work we do when there is, yet another, misguided reference to Tourette Syndrome in the media.
Recently, a 15-year-old boy with Tourette Syndrome was asked to leave a Starbucks because his uncontrollable behavior was deemed disruptive by a store employee. Sadly, this is a story we in the Tourette Syndrome community know all too well. People with TS have long been misunderstood and mocked.
Underneath the uncontrollable symptoms are children and adults – human beings – with hopes, dreams and feelings. The stigma around the condition has devastating effects on those affected. In addition, many suffer from depression, suicidal tendencies and anxiety as a result of bullying and mistreatment by their peers and the public.
We need to band together, speak out, educate and inspire others to be open-minded and break free of the stigmas that surrounds this disorder. We desire a world where a person is seen for more than their outward differences, but we can’t do it alone. The Tourette Association of America is working to create change so children and adults affected by TS can gain the acceptance and support they need to thrive.
We are grateful to the generous donors who continue to support the Association. Join us on this journey of reaching more people and double your impact today. The Ochsman Foundation has agreed to match dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 of contributions received by December 31, 2018.