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From all of us at the Tourette Association of America, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous new year. 2019 was an impactful year, engaging the community with more training, education, events, and other awareness opportunities around the country. We hope to continue to shift public perception and inspire greater acceptance and inclusion for the TS community. This work is only made possible through your support.
It's October, and while many of us are making plans to celebrate Halloween we cannot ignore some important causes the month sheds light upon. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, ADHD Awareness Month and OCD Awareness Week. Tourette Syndrome is an extremely layered and complex disorder and remains so vastly misunderstood among the general public. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and because of this, the TAA partners with like-minded organizations that support our efforts. I encourage you to reflect on your journey with Tourette Syndrome and if you’ve been impacted by any of the above, please send us your personal story to help us join their efforts in elevating awareness for TS and co-occurring conditions.
Group Portrait of TAA 2019 Youth Ambassadors in Orlando
During our recent Youth Ambassador and Rising Leaders training in Orlando, Florida, we discussed the three basic types of advocacy: self, individual or systems advocacy. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, advocacy is defined as “the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal: the act or process of advocating something.” Advocacy is not only lobbying your Members of Congress and Senators, though that is also an important part.
Josh Ertter is living with Tourette Syndrome (TS), and often has to take the extra step to inform those around him that he may make involuntary movements and noises. That’s what he did last month before working out at his local Planet Fitness. He was still told that he was unwelcome. Later, Planet Fitness apologized and met with Josh and Amanda Talty, TAA President and CEO.