With Thanksgiving just days away, I’d like to offer a note of thanks and appreciation to the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community. Your involvement has made a tremendous impact on the awareness and understanding of the disorder. Thank you to our generous donors. It is because of you that we are able to deliver new programming and resources, most notably information for adults, emerging adults, and online support to underserved areas.
Thank you to TAA staff, boards, committees, and Chapters & Support Groups. You are our mission in action and help make our initiatives come to life. As I reflect on the year I feel proud of the work we’ve done, but our efforts do not stop during the holidays. The coming days and weeks ahead will be some of the busiest of the year.
To kick-off the season of giving, we hosted the 2019 annual Gala honoring David Begnaud, Lead National Correspondent for CBS This Morning, on November 18. The event raised more than $850,000 and featured empowering messages from David, TAA Youth Ambassadors Mia Mantei and Jordan Falkenstern, NYC Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams, and an amazing performance by the Michael Wolff Trio.
We all know the best deals are on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but it’s Giving Tuesday that’s the most rewarding. For this international day of giving, we are calling on you to join the movement and support the TAA by making a donation, hosting a Facebook fundraiser, or by sharing our important messages throughout the day.
As we gather to celebrate with our families please remember those in the community who are not as fortunate. The TAA remains steadfast in providing hope and support to those individuals in need. Make a tax-deductible donation before December 31 and your donation will be doubled thanks to the Ochsman Foundation. That’s two times the impact, two times the people served, two times the information delivered nationally, and two times the opportunity for awareness.
Because of you, tomorrow is full of promise.
Apply to Present at Conference
The National Tourette Conference is the largest research, and public information conference dedicated to Tourette Syndrome and related Tic Disorders. This four day event is taking place May 14-17, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. The TAA is seeking experts and thought leaders on a variety of topics to submit presentation proposals. The deadline to apply to become a conference presenter is Sunday, December 1.
If you are interested in presenting at the Research Symposium click here.
2020 Young Investigator Award
The Tourette Association of America is calling on early career researchers to invest their efforts and expertise in increasing the biological understanding of Tourette Syndrome, pursuing clinical research aimed at improving patient care, and developing and testing new therapies. Pre-proposals are due on December 5.
A Global Day of Giving
First comes Black Friday, then comes Cyber Monday, after that is #GivingTuesday. Join this international movement to support the TAA in our efforts to make a lasting difference in the lives of those impacted by TS through support, programs, research and tools. Help us by hosting a Facebook fundraiser, sharing our messages about Tourette Syndrome on social media throughout the day or by making a donation. Your gift, no matter how big or small makes a difference.
Shining Light on TS Medical and Scientific Advances
A few times each year the Tourette Association of America, in collaboration with the Congressional Tourette Syndrome Caucus, hosts Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder briefings on Capitol Hill. October 16 was the most recent briefing, Shining Light on Tourette Syndrome: Medical and Scientific Advances in Tourette Syndrome. The importance of these assemblies have proven to be tremendous in showcasing the need for continued federal funding for Tourette Syndrome.
[News and Events]
• 12/3/19: Giving Tuesday
• 12/5/19: Free Webinar: Sleep Difficulties and Tourette Syndrome
• 1/7/20: Free Webinar: ADHD and Tourette Syndrome
• 1/8/20 – 1/12/20: Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna! – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
• 1/16/20: Adult Webinar Series: Transitioning Care to Adulthood
• 1/18/20 – 1/19/20: Behavior Therapy Institute/CBIT Training (TS-BTI) in San Antonio, TX
• 2/8/20 – 2/9/20: Behavior Therapy Institute/CBIT Training (TS-BTI) in Miami, FL
• 3/4/20: National Advocacy Day, Washington D.C.
• 3/7/20 – 3/8/20: Behavior Therapy Institute/CBIT Training (TS-BTI) in Los Angeles, CA
• 5/14/20 – 5/17/20: National Conference 2020 – Minneapolis, Minnesota