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The TAA Wisconsin Chapter is hosting a virtual webinar series in place of their annual Tourette Connections conference, originally scheduled for March 13, 2020. The funding for this virtual series is being provided through the Small Grants Program, a program under the TAA’s partnership with the CDC. The Small Grants Program provides funding for TAA Chapters and Support Groups the opportunity to host outreach and education activities about Tourette Syndrome within their communities. This FREE live webinar series is appropriate for those with tics or Tourette Syndrome, family members, professionals and friends.
The Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community is diverse and inclusive. In honor of PRIDE month, the Tourette Association of America wants to shine a light upon the experiences of those from our LGBTQ community. Your impactful stories portray a life of struggle, success and love. It’s proof that the Tourette Syndrome and LGBTQ communities aren’t mutually exclusive. You have much to be proud about and now is your opportunity to have others hear your story. There are no limits to who you are and who you love.
Today not only kicks off Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month, it is also the first day of our Virtual Conference 2020. There has never been a more important time to make the TAA your charity of choice. We have all experienced many changes over the last several weeks and now, more than ever, we need to come together to ensure the future of the only national organization dedicated to serving the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community.
It’s Volunteer Appreciation Week (4/19 – 4/25) and the Tourette Association of America is featuring volunteers from our Tourette Syndrome community. Volunteers are the heart of our team and we are grateful to have so many people from our Chapters and Support Groups helping us to reach communities around the country. Our volunteers are passionate, energized and generous. Below are a few of the most hard-working and reliable individuals that we’ve chosen to highlight for Volunteer Appreciation Week!
It has been nearly six weeks since we all began actively working to flatten the curve, and the TAA has been doing our part by staying home. These last few weeks have been a test on all of us mentally, physically and emotionally, but it has also taught us a lot about our community. Each of you in the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community embody strength and resilience every single day, pandemic or not. It has also allowed for some of the most productive, collaborative and creative times to develop new and exciting programs and information.
Stress management is a common problem for people with Tourette Syndrome. Whether it is due to underlying anxiety, adverse situations, or any number of other circumstances, stress can lead to poor mental and physical health outcomes if not properly addressed. Thankfully there are several stress-management techniques which can be implemented to help manage stress in healthier ways and decrease its negative effects.
Among the many changes to our daily lives, the loss of regular school structures often feels like the largest. Whether your child’s school is calling it distance learning, online learning, or continuous learning, the bottom line is: you are now your child’s primary teacher. For those without a degree in teaching, this can feel overwhelming. Let us provide you some tips that will help you to prioritize, schedule, and gain perspective to make this experience positive for you and your child.