Dear Tourette Association of America, Thank you so much for sending us so much stuff for this program at my school. We could not have done this program without you. We are very grateful. The program is the first annual Ability Day at my school. What they do is they get people to set up a booth. Then other people will come over to learn about the ability that they are talking about. There is one side where you are just talking to the people, but the other side is where you talk to people and provide a demonstration of what it feels like to have this ability. We are on the side where we talk and have a demonstration.
My name is Danielle Carter, I am 17 years old and going to be 18 in a couple months (Woohoo)! I have Tourette Syndrome. I was diagnosed when I was only 4 years old. My life with Tourettes was not an easy feat.
The transition from high school to college can be difficult for anyone and having Tourette Syndrome makes the transition even harder. Unfortunately, IEP’s don’t carry over into college, however the ADA ensures students with TS can get accommodations in college. And every college has a Disability Service Department.
On December 1, 2017, Kathy Giordano, Chair of the Tourette Association Educational Board and Educational Specialist, engaged an audience of middle school educators in Kinston, North Carolina during a Tourette Syndrome education presentation.
I, Matthew, am almost 15 years old and live in Westchester County, with my mom Sharon, my dad Andrew, my twin brother Josh, and my 12-year-old brother Charlie. I am in 9th grade and this is my first year at the public high school. One thing about my family is that we always push each other to be the best versions of ourselves.
Even with my Tourette and other disorders, I have still had a normal childhood because of my parents’ amazing support. Their unwavering willingness to help me succeed is the reason I am in such great shape to this day.