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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.
The upcoming school year will be vastly different in light of COVID-19. Whether classes are held in-person or virtually, the Tourette Association of America is here to provide you with resources and tips for every type of classroom setting. We understand that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to school this year. School attendance is particularly unique. Everyone has different ideas and opinion.  Know that the choices you make are what's best for you and your family. To help guide you into the new school year, members of the TAA's Education Advisory Board have offered advice on best practices that will help reduce anxiety and give some predictability and routine to the school year.
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.
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.
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 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.