Southern California Chapter

2748 Pacific Coast Highway, #1006
Torrance, CA 90505


The Tourette Association of America Southern California Chapter is a volunteer led, nonprofit organization supporting the needs of individuals and families affected by Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. We are committed to raising public awareness and fostering social acceptance; advancing scientific understanding, treatment options and care; educating professionals to better serve the needs of children, adults and families challenged by Tourette and Tic Disorders; advocating for public policies and services that promote positive school, work and social environments; Providing help, hope and a supportive community across the nation; and empowering our community to deal with the complexities of this spectrum of disorders.


Community Events

ArtisTIC Expressions Art and Talent Show, Yearly in February

Long Beach Tourette Awareness Day May 20th. 5K walk yearly near May 19 or 20th

Teamup4TS Hollywood Fundraiser, Yearly in June

Camp George, Yearly in July

Camp George - Every Summer

Family  camp typically in late July

Simi Valley

Call to learn more: 855-4-TSASOCAL 855-487-2762


Support Groups

Several local support groups exist throughout the vast area covered by the Southern California Chapter. These groups typically meet 3 – 4 times per year for small gatherings that are more easily accessible to members in their respective regions. Meetups are often held at parks, bowling alleys, and other family-friendly locations to provide a fun and inclusive environment for children and adults with TS and their families. If you have interest in learning more about any of the listed support groups please reach out to the contacts provided. If you are interested in volunteering to help with or start your own support group, please reach out to Eric McGowan at [email protected].

Inland Empire Youth Group:
Monthly Meetups,
Facilitator Rosie Nunez  Email:
[email protected]

San Diego “TICtastic” Family Support Group:
Facilitator Selma Gonzalez
Email: [email protected]

Tourette Family Group of the South Bay:
Facilitator Lora Childers

Facilitator Jacob Vince
Email: [email protected]

Youth Ambassador Program

The TAA Youth Ambassador Program brings together, trains and supports teens to advocate for and talk about Tourette and Tic Disorders in their community, with their elected officials and before their peers at school, sports leagues, scout troops, camps and after-school programs. Learn More

Education In-Service

The TAA conducts in-service presentations around the state with various schools on an as needed basis. It can make a tremendous difference in your child’s academic experience to have the school staff educated about the many facets of TS. Learn More

Contact: [email protected]

Tourette Association Center of Excellence

Tourette Association Center of Excellence
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Director: John Piacentini, Ph.D.
Co-Director: James McCracken, M.D.
Phone: (310)206-6649

Learn about TAA Centers of Excellence

Volunteer Opportunities

Support Groups

Volunteers are needed to host new support groups, attend awareness events and participate in fundraising activities.


We are looking for volunteers from all over Southern California. We will train you to do in-services in schools to help educate students and educators about TS.

Grant Writing

Help our chapter gain additional funding to support workshops for parents, educators, physicians, adults, and students with TS.

Fundraising Committee

Work with our fundraising team on fundraising efforts.

If you’re interesting in volunteering or to get additional information, contact [email protected].


Jonah Schnel, Chairperson
Dennis Cohen, Treasurer
Janine Tejeda, Secretary, Board Member
JoNeen Ohlaker, Board Member
Eric McGowan, Board Member
Mindy Weiss, Board Member
Sam Wagner, Board Member