Partnership Allows TSA to Offer Education Programs for Medical and Allied Professionals, Education and School-Based Teachers and Clinicians Across the Country



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National Tourette Syndrome Association Celebrates Tenth Year of

Partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

BAYSIDE, N.Y., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The national

Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA), a membership driven, non-profit

organization dedicated to serving all people with Tourette Syndrome

(TS), celebrates the start of the tenth year of its distinctive

program partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental

Disabilities. This highly effective partnership offers professional

and public education and outreach programs to promote medical

awareness of TS, as well as training for educational and allied

professionals, and for clinical professionals interested in

Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT).

"We are pleased to continue our work with TSA and appreciate their

commitment to the community, providers, and educators. Through this

partnership TSA provides much needed education and health information

to improve the lives of those living with TS," said Coleen A. Boyle,

PhD, MSHyg, Director, CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and

Developmental Disabilities.

"During the past decade, TSA and the CDC have built an authoritative

program and an extraordinary relationship," said Gary Frank, TSA

Executive Vice President. "We have a highly professional collaboration

and truly value this incredible partnership which allows us to work

together on program design, evaluation and outreach. Through our joint

efforts, we have fostered public awareness and professional knowledge

about this complex and misunderstood disorder. Our programs for

medical, educational and allied professionals across the country have

positively improved and increased their recognition and management of

TS," he added.

Since the inception of the partnership, over 700 live programs and

exhibits have been held in every state, reaching nearly 54,000 medical

and allied professionals. In addition, TSA has developed and

distributed a range of educational resources including online videos

and resource pages on the national TSA website, DVDs and printed

materials. It is estimated that through live programs, collaborations

with professional organizations, various mailings and awareness

initiatives, over 100,000 professionals and members of the public have

been reached by this program.

About the Tourette Syndrome Association Marked by involuntary vocal

sounds and physical movements called tics, Tourette Syndrome is an

inherited neurological condition frequently misunderstood and

misdiagnosed. Founded in 1972, the national Tourette Syndrome

Association (TSA) is celebrating its 42nd year as the only national,

voluntary health organization for people with Tourette Syndrome. The

TSA has a three-pronged mission to identify the cause of, control the

effects of, and to find a cure for Tourette Syndrome through

education, research and service. The TSA directs a network of 33

Chapters and more than 150 support groups across the country. For more

information about TS, call 1-888-4-TOURET or visit http://tsa-usa.org

and on Facebook and Twitter.

Press Contact : Tracy Colletti-Flynn national Tourette Syndrome

Association tracy.flynn@tsa-usa.org 718-224-2999

SOURCE Tourette Syndrome Association

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