NJCTS Tim Howard Leadership Academy at Rutgers University

Calling all teens with TS entering grades 9 through 12: Apply today to attend the NJCTS Tim Howard Leadership Academy at Rutgers University August 69, 2015.  Take advantage of this opportunity to interact with doctors and experts in TS and associated disorders, to gain an improved sense of yourself as a leader and advocate, and to engage in a variety of unforgettable social activities with other teens diagnosed with TS.  Visit theNJCTS Tim Howard Leadership Academy website for more information and to access the online application!

Here’s what some of last year’s attendees had to say about their experience at the Academy:

“The academy has helped me realize that my voice and opinion matter and that I shouldn’t be afraid to share it. I know that I am strong, resilient, and a self-leader. I’ve made so many friends who helped to teach me these things as well.”

“I understand so much more about the brain and how it works, as well as Tourette’s. I acquired new skills that will help me through my life, like organizing myself and how to advocate.”

“This was the safest and most accepting place I have ever been in. We got to know each other well enough that we were able to safely and respectfully joke with one another.”

If you have questions about the Academy or the application process, call us today at 908-575-7350. Don’t miss out on this truly spectacular opportunity!

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RSVP Deadline Extended: Susan Conners Event

The deadline to RSVP for the Susan Conners event has been extended to Nov. 6th, so if you have not sent in your RSVP yet, you still have time! Please be sure to RSVP to Lynn Dunlap at Lmchd52@gmail.com.

Here is more information about the event:

On Saturday, Nov.8th – Susan Conners, retired middle school teacher w/TS, and nationally acclaimed speaker/author, will present Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders in the Classroom. She will feature her newest book, The Tourette Syndrome & OCD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers and present.

Copies of the books, as well Tourette Syndrome wristbands and medical ID cards will be available. Children are welcome. Attendance is Free. RSVP to Lynn Dunlap at Lmchd52@gmail.com by November 1st. For more Information, please see the attached flyer:https://missouritsa.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/missouri-flyer-11-8-14.pdf

Upcoming Event: Susan Conners, Nov. 8th

On Saturday, Nov.8th – Susan Conners, retired middle school teacher w/TS, and nationally acclaimed speaker/author, will present Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders in the Classroom. She will feature her newest book, The Tourette Syndrome & OCD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers and present. Copies of the books, as well Tourette Syndrome wristbands and medical ID cards will be available. Children are welcome. Attendance is Free. RSVP to Lynn Dunlap at Lmchd52@gmail.com by November 1st.

For more information please see the attached flyer: Missouri Flyer 11-8-14

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Schedule of Meetings/Events for 2014-2015

Thurs., Sept. 25th – Back-to-School Night 7-9p.m. Destiny Church (basement gym, around back of building) 1809 Des Peres Rd(off Manchester & 270). Jen Stenger, Ill. teacher w/TS and author of The Life That Chose Us, describing life as a teacher with TS. Handouts pertaining to the start of the school year will be available. Children are welcome. Please feel free to invite your child’s teacher.

Sat., Nov.8th – Drury Inn(Olive & 270) 9a.m.-12p.m., breakfast provided. Susan Conners, retired middle school teacher w/TS, and nationally acclaimed speaker/author, will feature her newest book, The Tourette Syndrome & OCD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers. Copies of the books, as well Tourette Syndrome wristbands and medical ID cards will be available. Children are welcome. Attendance is Free. RSVP to Lynn Dunlap at Lmchd52@gmail.com by November 1st.

February – Children’s Activity To Be Determined, and announced at a later date. If you are interested in such an activity and have suggestions as to what you might like, please email us about that.

April – Date to be announced(Thursday night),7-9 p.m. “Ask the Dr./Pharmacist/Teacher” Panel. Destiny Church

Voice Your Support!

Voice Your Support!

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (9-5 Est) Give a Collective and Powerful Voice to the Collaborative Academic Research Efforts for Tourette Syndrome Act (H.R. 4221/S.637).

H.R. 4221 / S. 637, also known as the CARE Act continues to gain momentum in Congress. Senator Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Senate Democrat and Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee recently became a cosponsor in order to show support for his constituents living with Tourette Syndrome. His support, plus the addition of 16 Congressmen as cosponsors as of the end of July are a sign of the growing support for TS research on Capitol Hill.

The CARE Act would:
Expand, intensify, and coordinate the National Institute of Health (NIH) programs and activities regarding scientific research on Tourette Syndrome.
Establish 4-6 Collaborative TS Research Centers.
Collect data on the prevalence, and impact of Tourette Syndrome in the US and the availability of medical and social services for individuals and families with Tourette Syndrome
Co-Sponsorship of H.R. 4221 / S. 637 is a crucial step in passing this bill into law.
Talk Now With Your US Congress Representatives, and let us know how it went! Email: elridge.proctor@tsa-usa.org

CALL ACTION ALERT:
On Wednesday, August 20th Call your US House Representatives and US Senators to voice your support. Enlist the help of your friends and family. Ask them to reach out to their elected officials to communicate how important support for the CARE Act is to you.
Log onto TSA’s Public Policy Action Center between 9 am and 5pm EST to be connected to your US House Representative and Senators.
http://cqrcengage.com/tsa/app/make-a-call?19&engagementId=56376

Call Message:
Hello, my name is (give your name) and I am calling from (City and State). Is your Healthcare Legislative Assistant available?
(Wait to be transferred. If not, continue with message.)
I would like to ask my (Representative/Senator) to Co-sponsor HR. 4221 / S. 637, the Collaborative Research Efforts for Tourette Syndrome (CARE) Act. This bill is critical for research into finding a cure for Tourette Syndrome to help individuals like me and all Americans living with Tourette Syndrome.
Thank you for relaying my message. End Call!

TV Alert! 20/20 Tomorrow Night!

Tune in tomorrow, Friday, August 15 at 10:00 pm EST on ABC for “20/20” which will focus on successful individuals in sports and the arts who have Tourette Syndrome.

Featured will be actor and National Tourette Syndrome Ambassador Dash Mihok; Olympic swimmer Anthony Ervin and TSA Youth Ambassador Isabella. In addition, Dr. Jonathan Mink, from the University of Rochester, and the co-chair of TSA’s Scientific Advisory Board, will talk about the science behind TS and if it actually does help athletes perform better.

You can read more on the “20/20” website here – http://abcnews.go.com/Health/tourette-syndrome-make-superior-athlete/story?id=24977715 – and tune in tomorrow night to watch the full show!

How America’s goalie inspires focus on “ability” for Drew Guise, Missouri’s TSA Youth Ambassador

Check out Missouri TSA’s Youth Ambassador, Drew Guise, on News Channel 5 talking about how Tim Howard has inspired him to pursue his dreams and never let Tourette’s hold him back!

“Guise finds inspiration in Howard’s success.

“It proves that anything is possible… just because you have a disability you can’t let it hold you back,” he said. “(Howard) demonstrated that.”

But Guise is also inspiring people. He runs cross country, has leadership goals, and a passion for politics.

“I’d love to do great things in the world and I’d like to think I’m on my way,” he said.

For this 16-year-old high school junior, the sky sets no limits.”

http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/local/2014/07/02/how-americas-goalie-inspires-focus-on-ability-not-disability/12117817/

Tim Howard, US Goalkeeper with Tourette Syndrome

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/personal-triumph-team-usa-goalkeeper-tim-howard-24257126

Today, Thursday, June 26th at 12pm EST the US team will be playing their 3rd game in the World Cup. US Goalkeeper Tim Howard has Tourette Syndrome and has never let it get in the way of his dreams. Please join (and ask your members to join!) national TSA in letting Tim Howard and everyone know that “We Believe” in our fellow Touretter.

Congratulations to Joseph for Raising Tourette Syndrome Awareness!

The Greater Missouri TSA congratulates  Joseph Kasprzyk, a 14 year old who just graduated  8th grade at Remington Traditional School in the Pattonville School District.  Jospeh swims on the swim team and is a member of the Pattonville chess team.  During the Tourette Syndrome Awareness month, Joseph and his friend, Austin, came up with ideas to raise money and awareness.  They created a week long event called, Spirit Week – Raising Awareness about Tourette Syndrome.
During the week, each day had a different theme. He also put up posters explaining Tourette Syndrome in his school to raise awareness. The  event was a great success!
Joseph hopes continue to bring more awareness and acceptance for all those who live with Tourette Syndrome.  Way to go Joseph!
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Kansas City Educare End of Year Event

Dear TSA Friends in the Kansas City area,

This SaturdayJune 14, from 8:30AM until 2:15PM, the Kansas City LINC (Local Investment Commission) is sponsoring its Educare End of Year Event. This is a free mini conference for parents, educators, alternative child care providers (such as grandparents), and anyone interested in learning new strategies on helping children succeed in life and learning.

Amanda Coffman of the national TSA Education Committee, will speak on “Understanding and Supporting Children with Tourette Syndrome” in two 90-minute sessions (9 AM until 10:30 AM; and 12:45 PM until 2:15 PM).  To RSVP for this free event call the Educare Reservation Line at (816) 889-5050 x1233

The Conference takes place at the Kauffman Conference Center, 4810 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO. For more information, please check out the Educare Event flyer:

http://static.squarespace.com/static/5075895f84ae84c1f4ec0443/t/53714326e4b002aab7a6d4ab/1399931686752/Educare%20End%20of%20Year%20Event%202014%20flyer.pdf

I hope to see you there!

All the best,

Dan Rostan