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The Tourette Spectrum Disorder Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing up-to-date, accurate information about Tourette syndrome. Combined with the information accessible by following our links, we think you will find helpful, comprehensive information on this often puzzling disorder.
The Tourette Spectrum Disorder Association's (TSDA) mission is to promote awareness, greater understanding and to increase education about TS and it's spectrum of manifestations among professionals, the general public, and individuals with TS in order to facilitate the early accurate diagnosis of TS and its associated
disorders to promote sympathetic, appropriate treatment for those with this disorder.
Services of TSDA:
School in-service presentations
Presentations to physicians
Continuing education for nurses and teachers
Distribution of literature
Distribution of videos
Education and training
Networking with other groups
Maintain crisis telephone lines
Maintain M.D. referral list
Initiate and support pertinent legislation
Develop data base for services available to individuals with TS
Assist in obtaining Division of Rehabilitation Services
Exhibits at professional conferences
Sponsorship of Regional Conferences
The term typical cannot be applied to TS. The expression of symptoms covers a spectrum from very mild, which is true of most
people, to quite severe. TS is a disorder that may or may not improve. For many people, the perseverance that is so troublesome in childhood can be very beneficial in the working world. A high energy level can become an asset rather than a burden. A person who makes it through childhood with high self-esteem can be a successful adult with self-confidence and compassion.
Each person with TS is a unique individual with special gifts and talents. Because there is no cure for TS, public awareness and understanding of this complex disorder are crucial for assuring that people with TS lead happy, productive lives.