Ivette’s Back to College Story

My name is Ivette De Aguiar and I am a Rising Leader from Miami, FL diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS). Anxiety is a common co-occurring condition with TS, so these are some tips that have helped me deal with anxiety.
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Free Webinar: Workplace Accommodations and Disability Rights

The first webinar, as part of a six-part series designed for adults with Tourette Syndrome, will be focused on understanding your rights in the workplace and will review questions about disclosure and accommodations at every step of the process— from the application process and interview issues that may arise on the job.
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August TouretteConnect

The August TouretteConnect features an upcoming webinar on resilience, what you can do to reach out to your senators, and resources for the Back to School season.
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CDC Tourette Syndrome Program

Congress has left for August recess, but they landed a budget deal that will allow for deliberations on their spending bills. This includes the $2 million for the CDC Tourette Syndrome Program. To encourage support for this program, the TAA will be providing the State Chapters and Support Groups email drafts that you can send to your local Senator's offices. Get involved, and encourage your friends and family to reach out to their Senators to have them support the CDC Tourette Syndrome Program.
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Prove What I Can Do

Throughout my Air Force career, there were times where I worried military medical bureaucracy would prevent me from doing the things I wanted to do. I was determined that I would not take no for an answer, and pushed hard to show that I could do the job … I graduated top of my class from Explosive Ordnance Disposal school, and commanded an EOD flight, the military equivalent of a bomb squad.
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Kai’s Story

At first, my family and I thought my symptoms were compulsions, but this was disapproved by doctors. My tics continued until I was 13, and then I came down with Lyme disease. As a result, my tics skyrocketed and I was referred to a movement specialist at Yale Children’s Hospital. There, they diagnosed me with Tourette Syndrome.
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Free Webinar: Building Resilience with Tourette Syndrome

While living with tics and other co-occurring conditions can certainly bring substantial difficulty, coping with a chronic condition like Tourette Syndrome can also build persistence, grit, and determination. In this free webinar, Dr. Kenneth Phelps, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, will identify key components of adapting and thriving while living with tics.
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California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser

California Pizza Kitchen and the TAA Southern California Chapter have teamed up to raise funds for Tourette Syndrome! Visit one of select California Pizza Kitchen locations (list TBD) in the Southern California area, mention this promotion, and the restaurant will donate a 20% of the bill directly to the SoCal TAA chapter.
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Facebook Live: Social Relationships

Navigating social relationships can be difficult for anyone, especially with the added challenge of Tourette Syndrome. However, through self-advocacy, patience, a kind refusal to be defined for your TS, and this webinar, a fulfilling social life is certainly within reach.
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Submit Your Story

Are you interested in helping others find hope and inspiration through your personal experiences? The Tourette Association of America is looking for personal stories from the Tourette Syndrome community to be featured throughout the upcoming annual report. We believe experiences from our community are the most impactful way to improve awareness and understanding, and will reshape what people think about TS.
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