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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.
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.
My name is Olivia Woodrich and I am a Rising Leader for the Tourette Association of America. I consider myself a powerful advocate thanks to the training and tools I have received from the TAA, however nothing could have prepared me for what I’d experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With help from the TAA I have been equipped with the tools I need to confidently educate those around me about Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. In my role as Miss Route 66, representing the state of Oklahoma, I have spoken to packed auditoriums and appeared in the news, but I wasn’t prepared for all the stares and angry looks because of my coughing tic.
At the time of this writing, the CDC recommendation is to cancel or postpone gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. The TAA will follow these guidelines and closely monitor updates as they become available. Online and virtual programming will ramp up in the coming days to ensure we remain your best resource during this complicated and confusing time. Please continue to check tourette.org for additional communications and further information. The TAA has closed its physical offices and transitioned to work-from-home through March 27. At that time we will reevaluate best next steps to ensure ongoing mission delivery, the safety of our staff, and the health of the organization. In the meantime, we remain 100% committed to meeting the needs of our community. All managers and staff members of the TAA team are just a phone call or email away. Please visit our staff page to reach staff directly via email with any questions or concerns.
Happy New Year! Looking back on the last decade, we have made significant strides towards greater understanding, awareness and acceptance of Tourette Syndrome and co-occurring conditions. We continue to extend our footprint across the country with more national events including the Funders Breakfast in New York City, new webinars, increased provider education programming and an expanded Centers of Excellence program. 2020 is also monumental as it marks the return of our biennial National Conference.