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Founded in 1972, the Tourette Association of America (TAA) is dedicated to making life better for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. As the only national organization serving this community, the TAA works to raise awareness, advance research, and provide ongoing support to patients and families. To this end, the TAA directs a network of 31 Chapters, 83 support groups and recognizes 20 Centers of Excellence across the country.
The Tourette Association of America has developed community-based athletic events across the country, known as Team Tourette. Through this effort individuals in the community can participate in various events and raise funds for the three pillars of the Association's mission consisting of Awareness, Research and Support.
Get out and get active between May 15 – June 15, 2021 in support of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month. Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month serves to elevate understanding and acceptance for the condition and those impacted. There are various ways you can get involved and make a lasting difference on a global scale. Taking part in Miles for Tourette is as easy as getting up and getting active! Fun activities include dog walking, throwing a frisbee, jump roping, bike riding, running, and swimming.
People around the globe will be raising awareness and funds in support of the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community!
Throughout 2020 and 2021, the TAA has spread awareness virtually and raised the much-needed funds to continue to provide free support and resources to the Tourette community during these challenging times.
Those impacted by the condition have been experiencing heightened symptoms like coughing, sniffling, and throat clearing tics, as well as extreme anxiety, OCD, depression, and other co-occurring conditions. These symptoms may be crippling, hindering the ability to fulfill basic needs. In addition, social distancing has heightened mental illness, tics, and co-occurring conditions for the community. These virtual events bring our community to the forefront during the COVID-19 era, helping to create a more universal understanding of the challenges faced each day, as well as to share successes.
May 15 – June 15, 2021 - Miles for Tourette Kick Off
About the Tourette Association of America
Founded in 1972, the Tourette Association of America (TAA) is dedicated to making life better for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. As the only national organization serving this community, the TAA works to raise awareness, advance research, and provide ongoing support to patients and families. To this end, the TAA directs a network of 31 Chapters, 83 support groups and recognizes 20 Centers of Excellence across the country. For more information on Tourette and Tic Disorders, call 1-888-4-TOURET and visit us at tourette.org, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. https://tourette.org/
About Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders
Tourette Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by sudden, involuntary movements and/or sounds called tics. They can include eye blinking, head jerking and facial movements — throat clearing, sniffing and tongue clicking.
The involuntary utterance of obscene words is called coprolalia, and it’s much rarer than people think: Only 10 percent of people diagnosed with Tourette experience these symptoms.
There is no cure for Tourette. The cause also remains unknown, but it is thought to involve genetic, neurological and environmental factors that can be treated.
Tourette is underdiagnosed. Many children, parents, teachers and even physicians don’t fully understand TS, which can lead to bullying, a lack of community support, an improper diagnosis, lack of quality education, and a host of other issues that impair the quality of life for someone with TS.