Kicking off Awareness Week on Monday, April 23, will be a peer in-service presentation by 12-year-old Tess Kowalski at noon at Terrill Road Middle School in Scotch Plains. Kowalski, who discussed the importance of TS advocacy on April 13 with Congressman Rush Holt, also has done this talk at South Brunswick High School and Congregation Kehilat Shalom in Belle Mead.
On Tuesday, April 24, NJCTS and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services will recognize the release of the latest statewide EMT newsletter, “Spotlight on EMS.” Tourette Syndrome is discussed at length in this newsletter, which goes out to the more than 28,000 emergency service personnel in New Jersey. PLEASE NOTE: The release date of the newsletter is subject to change without notice.
Next up in our celebration are two guest lectures about Tourette by NJCTS Education Outreach Consultant Melissa Fowler, M.A., M.Ed. The first will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, and the second at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, April 26, both on the Busch Campus in Piscataway. Also on April 26, Newbury Elementary School in Howell will host Disabilities Awareness Night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The culmination to the week will be the first annual statewide Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day on Sunday, April 29. The event will take place with the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. Festivities start at noon, with an on-field presentation slated for 12:40 p.m. and the Patriots’ game against the Long Island Ducks at 1:05 p.m.
More information about Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day, including how to purchase tickets or donate to the cause, is available by visiting www.njcts.org.