Tourette Syndrome is a lifelong condition impacting all ages. While Tourette Syndrome is a childhood onset disorder, 66% of adults experience tics and co-occurring conditions that persist throughout adulthood. The TAA and Adult Task Force, comprised of adults with TS and leading physicians across the nation, have identified relevant topics of which support for the community is needed.

Webinar 1: Workplace Accommodations and Disability Rights

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Presenters: Ellie Jarvie, LSCW and Attorney Steven Corfman
Description: Do you know that having a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome and associated conditions qualifies you for protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

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TAA Wisconsin Chapter Chair, Ellie Jarvie, LCSW and Civil Rights attorney, Steven Corfman, discuss the ADA can be used to help support you in the workplace. This webinar will review questions about disclosure and accommodations at every step of the process, from the application process to the interview to issues that may arise on the job.

Webinar 2: Managing Stress

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Presenters: Yamil & Tanya Alvarado
Description: Have you ever experienced stress? Please join Mental Health Counselor, Tanya Alvarado and her husband Yamil, as they discuss the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress, how it can affect the brain and the different coping techniques to utilize when experiencing stress. Yamil will also shed light upon how stress affects him as a parent with Tourette Syndrome.

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Tanya Alvarado has a Master’s Degree from UCF in Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She is the owner and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH12229) at A New Path Counseling. Tanya has various experience from children to adults with anxiety, depression, and trauma.She is CBIT certified with the TAA and EMDR certified therapist with EMDRIA. She is also a wife and mother. Her husband, who has Tourette Syndrome, has inspired her to use her clinical skills to support and encourage the Tourette community.

Yamil Alvarado has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in Hospitality Management. He is a licensed and insurance agent and currently working in the insurance field as a benefits account manager. Yamil is also a husband, father and an individual who has Tourette Syndrome. He was diagnosed as an adult and as a result, has a strong heart for helping others gain an understanding of their condition, yet to not be defined by it.

Webinar 3: Transitioning Care to Adulthood

January 16, 2020 at 1pm EST

Presenter(s): Wissam Deeb, MD
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Dr. Wissam Deeb is originally from Lebanon, where he obtained his medical degree at the University of Balamand. Seeking a more expansive training environment, Dr. Deeb started his internship and neurology residency at the University of Massachusetts in 2011. During his training, Dr. Deeb developed an interest in the management of patients with movement disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease, tics, dystonia). He pursued two years of fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Florida, where, in addition to developing solid clinical skills, he appreciated the value of patient centered care and understood Dr. Okun’s axiom “At our center, the patient is the Sun and the providers orbit around him/her”.

Dr. Deeb developed interest in clinical research focusing on dystonia (with a funded study through the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation) and Tourette syndrome (multiple internal studies at UF and the Clinical Research Training Award from ABF/TAA). Training at one of the premiere DBS centers in the USA, he acquired the skills needed for DBS intraoperative recording and postoperative programming. Dr. Wissam Deeb joined the movement division of the neurology department as an Assistant Professor in July 2017.

Webinar 4: Managing Depression & Anxiety

March 2019 – Date and Time TBD

Presenters: Jackie Nau and Anthony Rostain, MD, MA

Webinar 5: Navigating Family and Personal Relationships

May 8, 2020 at 1pm EST

Presenter(s): Eric McGowan, MA and Katie Kompoliti, MD

Webinar 6: Substance Abuse and Tourette Syndrome

July 2020- Date and Time TBD

Alternative Topic: Suicide Prevention

Date and time TBD

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Please note that topics and dates are subject to change based on scheduling and availability.