From May 15 through June 15, hundreds of thousands of families affected by Tourette Syndrome (TS) will raise awareness of this often misunderstood and misdiagnosed disordser during National Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month.
The Tourette Syndrome Association is the only national, voluntary health organization for people with TS, and the Northern California and Hawaii Chapter of the TSA assists children and adults in our area living with this neurological condition.
The purpose of the annual TS Awareness Month is to encourage people to seek medical attention for early diagnosis and further public acceptance and understanding for those coping with TS.
It is estimated that over 100,000 Americans have the disorder, with millions more manifesting associated conditions. National Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month, which was first established by TSA in 1997, provides an opportunity for the TSA, its chapters, and others affected by TS in the community to educate the public about this baffling disorder.
From its inception in 1972, TSA has pursued a three-pronged mission of education, research and service. The association coordinates over 33 chapters, and more than 150 support groups throughout the country, said Jack Harris, director of the Northern California and Hawaii Chapter Tourette Syndrome Association.