As part of the celebration for the month, NJCTS also is proud to state that for the 12th straight year, the Governor’s Office of New Jersey -- led by Gov. Chris Christie -- has issued a proclamation formally declaring May 15 to June 15 as Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month.
Tourette Syndrome is a misdiagnosed, misunderstood neurological disorder that affects 1 in 100 people, especially teenagers. Marked by involuntary body movements and vocal sounds called tics, Tourette Syndrome affects more than 200,000 American families. Also affecting those families are the many associated conditions such as OCD, ADD, ADHD and anxiety.
It is very easy to show support for those who have Tourette Syndrome. Here are some simple ways from the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome:
-- Log onto the TSParentsOnline blog at http://www.njcts.org/
-- Sign up to join the blogs and share a personalTourette Syndrome story with the world. Send an e-mail to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and ask to be a blog contributor.
-- Explore the NJCTS website at http://www.njcts.org and check out the myriad programs and services offered for those with TS — not just in New Jersey, but around the United States and world, too.
-- Go to POPVOX and check out the pending TS legislations – H.R. 3760 and S. 2321 – and leave a comment, which will be sent directly to the appropriate U.S. Congressman. H.R. 3760 can be found at http://www.popvox.com/
-- Head to the Definite Possibilities website, started by a teen with TS, and buy a Tourette Syndrome pin for just $6. That address is http://www.definitepossibilities.com.
-- Go to the NJCTS Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/