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Turn Niagara Falls Teal for Tourette Awareness Month

Friday, June 15, 2018
7 pm to 10:30 pm

Niagara Falls

Sponsored by:

The Tourette Association of Greater NY State and Tourette Canada


The falls will be illuminated in teal at 10:15 pm
Preceded by Family Picnic and Fun Activities at 7 pm

Map to Terrapin Point on the American side

On the Canadian side, supporters will be at Victoria Park

For more information and to register, please download the FLYER

Full-Day Workshop in Western NY for Parents and School Personnel, on February 17

Full-Day Workshop for Educators and Parents

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Museum of Disabilities, Amherst, NY

Certificates of Attendance Granted

CEU’s for Eligible Participants through Learning Partners

Main Speaker – Susan Conners, President TAA of GNYS, author of “The Tourette Syndrome & OCD Checklist, A Practical Reference for Parents and Educators”

Sponsored by the Museum of Disabilities.  See flyer for all the information and the registration materials.

Parents, please share flyer with your child’s teachers, school administrators, etc., for increased distribution throughout the school. A personal invitation goes a long way!

For more information and to register, please download the flyer:

Final FlyerDoDWorkshopTourette2018_MuseumofdisABILITYHistory

Teen and Young Adult Panel

Miki Brauch – Williamsville East High School

Matthew Burgos – Pine Hill Academy

Ezra Daly-Griffen, Pine Valley Central Schools

Willow Daly-Griffen – Pine Valley Central Schools

Olivia Sambuchi – Clarence, NY – Brockport State University of NY

Rose Snelson – Leroy, NY

Bowling Party – Buffalo Area

Bowling Party – Buffalo Area
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Transit Lanes, 7850 Transit Rd., Williamsville, NY  14221
See all of your TS and Camp Ticpalooza Friends & Counselors
We would love to see all of you there
Try to get there by 3:45 to register and get your shoes
See the flyer for all of the details.


Mid-Hudson Valley Support Group / Fun Activity for the Kids

The Mid-Hudson Valley Support Group (Dutchess and Ulster Counties) will be meeting on January 28, 2018, from 3 to 5 pm. Two activities will happen simultaneously under one roof, a support group meeting for parents/adults, and a supervised group activity for the kids: Virtual Mini Golf!  Times, dates and location are listed below.

Mid-Hudson Valley Support Group

Location: DC Sports, 1630 Route 9, Wappinger Falls, NY

Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Details: We are renting the Virtual Mini Golf Room for 2 hours of fun. $10.00 per child (pay when you arrive). Concession Stands are available on the premises. We will have a “party” room for parents to have their support group meeting while the kids play.

We would LOVE to see you all there, especially our new members.RSVP to Support Group Leader, Dawn Van Kleeck, by Saturday, January 24, by email at dvkleeck@aol.com or by phone at 845-891-8949.

Youth Ambassador 2018

Congratulations to Miki Brauch !!

Miki Youth Ambassador 2018

TAA of Greater NY State would like to announce our selection for Youth Ambassador for 2018, Miki Brauch.  Miki is the daughter of Robert and Midori Brauch and is a 16 year old junior at Williamsville East High School outside of Buffalo.  She will travel to Washington, DC with her mom in February to attend the TAA Youth Ambassador Training Day.  She will also be spending a day at Capitol Hill with all of this year’s Youth Ambassadors from across the country to lobby for causes that affect all persons with TS.  We had several excellent applicants this year, which made the committee’s choice very difficult.  We thank all of the youth who applied.

Miki has attended our chapter’s Camp Ticapalooza for several years, has spoken on youth panels for chapter workshops, maintains a high academic record and is a great advocate for herself and others. We are very proud of Miki and know that she will do a fantastic job representing our chapter in DC and beyond.