Self Identifier: Legislators/Advocates

Pat O'Leary sits down to discuss his experiences with having Tourette Syndrome. Pat O'Leary speaks about what gets his out of bed in the morning and his passion to be present in influencing the next generation. He also discusses his accomplishments and struggles in dealing with accommodations in the workplace and how to best deal with his co- workers in relation to his tics. He expresses how joining the Tourette Community helped him to not feel alone and shares his experiences at the Annual Conference.  "The first time I came to the Annual Conference and saw people ticking out loud and visibly, it made me cry a little bit to know that finally here's a group of people that I'm not going to be the one person with this thing." -Patrick O'Leary 
You or a family member have just received a new diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome or other Tic Disorder. The Tourette Association of America recognizes that it may have been a difficult journey to receive an accurate diagnosis. This tool kit is meant to serve as a starting point for you. It will provide you with an overview of Tics, Tourette Syndrome, and other Tic Disorders, addressing several areas of living with these conditions. Since TS and Tic Disorders may present and impact each person differently, you can use the information in this kit as it pertains to your needs or that of your family member. If you would like to learn more about a specific area, we encourage you to visit the Tourette Association website for a comprehensive library of resources or contact TAA by email or phone.