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🎯 ATTENTION - ATTENTION 🎯
Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads Virginia Group Planning Meeting is this Monday, July 26th @ 7pm est …. All are welcome!
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🎯 Tonight With TAAMAC! 🎯
Please join TAAMAC for this very important discussion tonight, Monday, June 21st @ 7pm eastern!
Understanding Discipline in the Disability World with Keith Howard, Esq.
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🎯 Join us this Thursday, May 17th @ 7pm est 🎯
It is TAAMAC's honor to introduce you to from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Joseph McGuire! Join us THREE (3) times during Tourette Awareness Month (May 15th - June 16th) as we dive in deep with Dr. McGuire.
Our first webinar with Dr. McGuire will be on Thursday, May 27th @ 7pm est. We will be discussing The Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics and related behavioral therapies are recommended as front-line treatments to help patients with Tourette’s Disorder.
In this talk, Dr. McGuire will provide an overview of CBIT and discuss its empirical support for reducing tic severity and impairment.
Register for FREE May 27th Webinar:
⭐Attention all Members and Advocates!⭐
We are happy to announce the Summer Youth Ambassador and Rising Leader Trainings are being held virtually on July 16 – July 17.
The Youth Ambassador application is now available and can be accessed by using this link: www.tourette.org/youth-ambassador
As applications come in, we will be forwarding them to the Youth Ambassador coordinator at your Chapter for their review.
The Rising Leader Training will also be taking place at the same time as the YA training and is for young adults ages 18-25.
The Rising Leader application can be accessed by using this link: https://tourette.org/about-tourette/rising-leader-application/
Please share this opportunity with the young adults in your network. TAA will be interviewing all Rising Leader applicants. Once they have been accepted into the program Chapters and Support Groups are encouraged to connect with these RLs and work with them after they have been trained.
Please note applications for both trainings are due Monday, May 24, 2021.
YA Program Information & Application July 16 – July 17, 2021 Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Tourette Association of America’s Youth Ambassador Program! We are pleased to announce that the Youth Ambassador Training will be held virtually! The YA Training will be held July 1...
It is my honor to present TAAMAC's Special Education April Webinar with nationally known Advocate Cheryl Ann Poe from Advocate 4 Kids, Inc!
This months topic:
Understanding Your Childs Rights Under IDEA & Americans Disabilities Act During Covid-19.
Honored to serve on the TAAMAC Board of Directors, and beyond excited for our virtual seminar coming up!
Join us on Wednesday, April 14th 6:00 p.m. EST for a very special event!
Nationally recognized Special Education Advocacy Expert, Cheryl Poe explains how the IDEA and Americans with Disability Act Will Protect Your Child.
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Submit any questions you would like covered during the event to: [email protected]
“My name is Auden Knapp (they, them). I'm 17 years old and will be 18 in June. My story is an interesting one.
I wasn't diagnosed with until last year in October of 2020. Although I had tics ever since I was 6 or 7 years old, they were very unnoticeable and small. I didn't even know they were tics. I would grind my teeth literally ALL the time, repeat things over in my head, and compulsively touch doorknobs or other things. All of this was indeed, related to Tourette Syndrome.
At 15 years old, I got my first noticeable tic. I started blinking my eyes super hard in class and couldn't stop. Over the course of weeks into several months, I got tic after new tic. Now, I've had my tics for almost two years, and I've learned a lot.
As a person of color living with Tourette, I've had to overcome many hurdles just to feel safe in my day-to-day life. Being a person of color in America is already a challenge but if you add Tourette into the mix, it doesn't get more challenging than that! My tics can make others stare and wonder what’s going on. I make weird noises and I have various motor tics.
I've learned to really advocate and speak up for myself. I've also learned to be understanding and not judge others. I can't wait for college and I'm so excited for my future. I won't let Tourette Syndrome ruin my dreams. I want to become a child psychologist and help others like me. Alongside my Tourette, I also have ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and various learning differences.” – Auden
Ladies and Gentlemen it is my honor to introduce:
The Ladies of TAAMAC
Women account for 25% of all people with Tourette. Join us for this multi generational discussion about love, dating, motherhood and our genetic gene pools.
Wonder what it is like in today's world being female with Tourette?
Find out right here!
🎉🎉🎉 Time 4 Fun 🎉🎉🎉
Come join TAAMAC Thursday, February 11th @ 7pm est as we all play a fun game for ALL AGES.....JackBox Drawing Game: 2!
Bring your laptop and your phone....
You will need both...
NOTE: Before registering you must FIRST join our private TAAMAC FB Group @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/60524396402
At the end of our game there will be a raffle for two (2) $25 Amazon gift card(s). All participants are automatically entered to win . All are welcome to join us. Register today and spread the word! ￼
Once a member of our group you may register @
RSVP @ https://www.facebook.com/events/215306376931396/
🎉🎉 TONIGHT 🎉🎉
Here’s what happens when two (2) former TAAMAC Youth Ambassadors grow up and GIVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITY!!!
Please come join Devyn Shea and Jackson Guyton us as they discuss how to financially prepare your family and children for a successful financial future.
When: December 3rd @ 7pm EST
Please register today and share with your friends and family!
🎉🎉 TONIGHT @ 7pm est 🎉🎉
Effectively Managing Anxiety & Tourette: Six (6) Strategies That Work For Our Family
Join us at www.ts-iloveyou.com/webinars
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🎉🎉Please Join Us This Thursday 🎉🎉
Thursday, November 5th @ 7pm est
It's not too late to register!
Please come join The Tourette Association of America’s Mid Atlantic Chapter ....as we talk with Devyn Shea of TS - I Love You.
Join us as we discuss with Devyn’s journey with Tourette’s, living with anxiety and six (6) PROVEN strategies to help with your anxiety ...that have helped her ...and our family.
When: Thursday, November 5th @ 7pm Est
Register Today! @ www.ts-iloveyou.com/webinars
🎯 Please Note 🎯
Stay tuned for our reschedule date in December 2020 for our previously scheduled special needs financial planning webinar with Jackson Guyton!!!
— with Devyn Shea and 30 others.
🇺🇸 Happy 4th of July everyone 🇺🇸
A little afternoon education.... ENJOY!
Among the chaos of home quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, parenting a child with tics can feel overwhelming. This webinar discusses practical and informal occupational therapy strategies to help with self-regulation, executive functioning difficulties and tic management strategies during this...
!!! COME ONE - COME ALL !!!
TS-I Love You & The Power Of Three are joining forces!
Join us and The Tourette Association of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter on
Wednesday the 24th @ 7pm Eastern Standard Time for Effectively Managing Tourettes and Depression.
Devyn Shea from TS- I Love You and Marla Shea from The Power Of Three will be hosting a thirty (30) minute webinar on Six (6) Regulations Strategies to Manage Symptoms of Depression that have worked for their family....and may work for yours, too!
Sign up today @ https://www.facebook.com/events/305563367503203/
If you know anyone who would find value in this conversation please comment, share, and like!
Can't wait to see you all there!
Comedian Chelsea White shares her story and how has become her secret weapon in “weeding out the guys who aren’t a good fit” when it comes to dating.
Comedian Chelsea White explains how Tourette helps her suss out potential partners.
This is a thank you letter. Yes, you read it correctly — a thank you letter. I want to thank you for making fun of me when I couldn’t control my body from moving uncontrollably. I want to express how grateful I am for the times you mimicked me behind my back to your friends and would throw small objects at me while sitting on the bus. For the times you would whisper and laugh aloud to others while staring at me. Due to these experiences, you helped build my confidence, made me stronger, gave me courage. I may sound delusional, but I am speaking from my heart. That is something I can honestly say I can control.
Well, I really can’t give you all the credit. You were a contributor, but it’s that has created the self-reliant girl I am today. With support from teachers, doctors, my family and friends, I am who I am. As I come to the end of my letter, I want to assure you I am not upset with you, I am grateful.
For me, you have given more meaning to the quote, “I have Tourette’s, but Tourette’s doesn’t have me.” So thank you, thank you very much.”
- Olivia, Tourette Association of America Youth Ambassador
Her response inspires us.
"I also learned that a lot of my fans have , which made me feel kind of more at home with saying it, and also I felt like there was a connection there." - Billie Eilish
Read 10 facts about Billie Eilish that you may not have known before.
She's an original Belieber.
“I was diagnosed at 6 years old with . Squeaking, jerking, grunting... every tic you could think of, I did at some point. Throughout my whole childhood, I felt ashamed of it. I felt like I could never be myself or escape the social stigma of my tics.
Every day I would try to keep the tics inside, but that just made everything at school and elsewhere more difficult. With the help of a psychiatrist, I was able to learn to embrace my tics. Going into college, I decided to put my experience to good use. I majored in Neuroscience and minored in Japanese, joined sports teams and other clubs, and volunteered in the hospital.
It wasn't easy, but over time I learned to be confident in myself and my abilities and learned to enjoy life rather than hide from it. Having Tourette has only made me more empathetic to the circumstances of others. I've been working towards becoming a doctor, and during college I also found a love for scientific research in the laboratory.
Now I'm working at a medical center and applying to medical school to be a physician-scientist. I plan to aid others with Tourette in the clinic and help find the cure in the lab. I want others to know that having Tourette doesn't define you. It's a part of you, but you can overcome it. It makes you special, not 'weak' or 'broken.’
You can do whatever you set your mind to, if you believe in yourself and believe you belong - because you DO belong. I'm living proof of that. Keep moving forward, just one day at a time, and take care of the people around you. Happy !” – Colin
⭐ We’d love to hear from you! Submit your own story at mytourette.org and view more stories from the TS community! ⭐
There is so much more to than people may realize. Visit tourette.org/cooccurring-conditions to learn about the most common conditions associated with TS.
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