Youth Ambassador Training Program – Tourette Association of America

We are happy to announce the 2016 Tourette Association Youth Ambassador Training will be held Tuesday, March 8 through Thursday, March 10 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. The Youth Ambassador Training is a comprehensive training aimed at creating exceptional teen leaders and Tourette advocates. Youth Ambassadors will receive guidance on public speaking, on how to give a concise presentation on TS and presentation logistics. The Training also includes participation in the Tourette Association’s annual National Advocacy Day. The Tourette Association seeks at least one teen and parent/guardian team from each Tourette Association chapter to attend. Please click on the attachment below for more information & the application. Applications are due Friday, November 6, 2015. All applications should be emailed to the Greater NY State chapter at this email address or mailed to the address below.  Click here for application.




TAA of Greater NY State

20 Thomas Jefferson Lane

Snyder, NY  14226


Thank you

Sue Conners, President

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What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

LEIGH ROBINSON WAS out for a lunchtime walk one brisk day during the spring of 2013 when a call came from the principal at her school. Will, a third-grader with a history of acting up in class, was flipping out on the playground. He’d taken off his belt and was flailing it around and grunting. The recess staff was worried he might hurt someone. Robinson, who was Will’s educational aide, raced back to the schoolyard.


Upcoming Central NY Workshop

Is your child with neurological disorders struggling in school?
Are you struggling to obtain appropriate services and accommodations for your child?
This is a must attend workshop!!!
Saturday, May 23
Baldwinsville  Library
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Only $6.00 (for lunch and coffee and electronic handouts)
We will be discussing Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, OCD, ASD, Anxiety, Dysgraphia, Executive Dysfunction, Sensory Processing Disorder, Rage, Learning Disabilities, etc.
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TSA Greater NY State
20/20 – Friday, March 13
Featuring Our Own Isabella Constantino
College Student, Youth Ambassador, Camp Counselor Extraordinaire
Tune in tomorrow, Friday, March 13 at 10:00 pm EST on ABC for “20/20” which will focus on successful individuals in sports and the arts who have TS.
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 – – and tune intomorrow to watch the full show.

UPDATE: Full Day Educator’s Conference on Jan. 24th

For those of you who missed the full-day educator’s conference in October, we are repeating the same program on Saturday, January 24. The conference is being sponsored by the Museum of Disability History in association with Learning Partners and will be held at the Museum at 3826 Main Street in Amherst, NY. This conference is for parents and all educational personnel and will again feature Susan Conners, author and president and education specialist for the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater NY State. There will also be a panel of local youth with TS who will speak about their own struggles in school.

We also urge you to copy the attached registration form and share it with your child’s school. CEU’s are being offered as well as certificates of attendance for attendees. This is an excellent opportunity for you to educate yourself and your child’s teachers about the education of children with Tourette Syndrome and the associated disorders of ADHD, OCD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Dysgraphia, Anxiety and Learning Disabilities. Space is limited so be sure to use the attached form to register right away.

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