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The Tourette Association of America Oklahoma 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.

The Oklahoma Chapter provides support to Oklahoma families and individuals affected by Tourette. It does that in several ways: sponsoring support groups centered in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Stillwater; conducting teacher and school in-service training; providing information on educational IEPs and 504s; and answering questions regarding student behavior and associated conditions. The Oklahoma Chapter actively seeks to involve young adults in the Tourette Association of America’s Youth Ambassador and Rising Leader programs and also sponsors a post-secondary scholarship program for high school graduates.

Services

Support Group

Oklahoma Chapter support groups are intended to provide information and support to parents of children with Tourette, as well as children and adults with Tourette. Topics may include tics, behavior, peer relationships, co-occurring conditions, school and education, doctors and medication, family relationships, etc. Support groups meet as needed. Prior to the pandemic, meetings were in person but may be via Zoom to accommodate pandemic safety guidelines and to accommodate persons living far from support group sites. Support group locations and coordinators are:

Contact any of the above coordinators to learn more and request a support group meeting.

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

Post-Secondary Scholarships

The Oklahoma Chapter of the Tourette Association of America received an unexpected bequeath from a deceased individual’s estate. Current Chapter members have no knowledge of the history of this person’s connection to Tourette Syndrome or someone with Tourette. The Board of Directors thoughtfully considered how to use the generous gift. The Board believes our Chapter’s scholarship program is a living legacy to this individual’s generosity. Necessary information for potential applicants can be found by clicking on the links below.

Scholarship Guidelines

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Essay

Scholarship Reference

Scholarship Release

 

Oklahoma Video

Both for parents and for the individual diagnosed with Tourette, the symptoms and diagnosis can be a bit unnerving, because there is so much uncertainty. The Tourette Association of America (TAA) has excellent resources and you can learn much from the documentary at You Tube, “I Have Tourette’s, But Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me.” However, the Oklahoma Chapter wanted a video featuring Oklahoma parents and persons with Tourette (children and adults), so the Chapter produced, “In Your Own Words.”

 

Leadership

Karen Woodrich, Chair, kwoodrich50@icloud.com, 918-694-6080
Kate Mielitz, Vice Chair, kate.mielitz@okstate.edu, 405-762-0868
Clem Ward, Secretary & Treasurer,
Bonnie Brooks, Board Member
Ashley Butler, Board Member
Darla Chitsey, Board Member, dchitsey@yahoo.com, 405-343-9211
Ed Collins, Board Member
Justin Ward, Board Member
Mimi Ward, Board Member, cmbjward@sbcglobal.net, 405-377-3884
Olivia Woodrich, Board Member, 918-694-5303