TSA Greater NY State20/20 – Friday, March 13Featuring Our Own Isabella ConstantinoCollege Student, Youth Ambassador, Camp Counselor ExtraordinaireTune 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 – http://abcnews.go.com/ Health/tourette-syndrome-make- superior-athlete/story?id= 24977715 – and tune intomorrow to watch the full show.
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.
As I write this newsletter, I am sending good wishes to our Western NY members and friends who are living through the worst snowstorm in western NY (and beyond) history. Parts of the area, which I call home, have been inundated with up to 84 inches of snow this week. We hope you can all dig out soon with little or no personal or property loss. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the beautiful and very special gift that I received from the board at the conference in September as a celebration of my 30 years with TSA of GNYS. I wear it often with great affection. It constantly reminds me of how much I have been blessed since I became a part of the TS community 30 years ago! I have met the most incredible people many of whom I count amongst my dearest friends. I am so thankful to have you all in my life. I am so blessed!!!!
TSA of Greater NY StateDue to the inclement weather ☃ (to put it mildly) and the many travel bans in effect around Western NY and the presence of the National Guard and the fact that most of WNY is buried, there will be no support group meeting tomorrow evening. ☺
It’s that time again! Applications are available for the annual Youth Ambassador Program to be held from March 10 – 12, 2015 in Washington DC. Open the link below to find all of the information you need about this exciting program as well as the application. You must be between the ages of 13 and 17 to apply and applications are due by November 21. Please email all applications to me at this email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail to:TSA of GNYS
20 Thomas Jefferson Lane
Snyder, NY 14226
We look forward to reviewing all the applications