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Teen resident, and senior at Kellenberg Memorial High School, Giovanni Kubanick recently received his Eagle Scout status and commendation. He now joins a league of gentlemen and, more recently, ladies who’ve climbed to the zenith of Scout mastery. The ranks include presidents, astronauts, composers, billionaires, movie moguls, and others. Rising to the challenge in itself is astonishing, but Giovanni had to double down on hard work and dedication. Why? Because he not only had to accomplish the extraordinary but do it while tackling the daily trials of living with Tourette Syndrome (TS).
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While the hustle and bustle of the day continues, the work the TAA is doing is for each of you. We are inspired by you. We are always learning from you. We are here for you, giving the support you need. The spring affords ample opportunities to get connected and involved from free or low-cost programs such as Virtual Conference, our Provider Webinar Series, Miles for Tourette and more. Next month will kick-off Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month and you can look forward to fun and engaging ways to join us in raising awareness.
The TAA Wisconsin Chapter is hosting a virtual webinar series in place of their annual Tourette Connections conference. 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 as an 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.
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’ve spent a fair amount of time thinking about what I’d like to say to you all this holiday season. To be honest, I’ve struggled to steer clear of being too cliché, too negative, too positive, or too predictable. I’ve struggled with these thoughts because it’s been such an unpredictable time in an uncertain year. When we gathered together in January to plan the year ahead, the TAA team and I could not have imagined a year like 2020. Above anything else, this was a year where our need for one another was highlighted, bold-faced, ENLARGED. We needed to acclimate, pivot, and turn on a dime — that’s something the TAA has done particularly well in the face of COVID-19.
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“Words matter.” It’s a phrase we hear and use frequently. It’s also something that can be a particularly tricky mine field for those living with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and, more specifically, coprolalia. In October, we shared with you a story out of Indiana where a young man living with TS was asked to leave his college campus as a result of offensive and unnerving phrases he involuntarily uttered. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only incident that has come across my desk in the last few weeks.
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2020 has certainly proven to be one of the most unpredictable and challenging years for everyone. While the uncertainty of the pandemic may have made us rethink how we support the community, it did not derail us. In fact, by the close of this year the Tourette Association of America will have tripled our virtual offerings, with almost 100 virtual support initiatives – from a free Virtual Conference, weekly webinars, a Virtual Gala and virtual walks around the country. To continue at this pace, we need your financial support.