Hey everyone! So for
many of you today marks the start of your first TS awareness month being
diagnosed with TS or having a child diagnosed with TS. TS awareness month is
very important for the TS community in terms of spreading awareness and every
single person can do something to make a different in terms of spreading the
word about TS! Even if you are not new to the TS diagnosis, this may be your
first TS awareness month that you feel strongly about participating in. If you
are new to TS, new to participating in TS awareness month, or just want some
extra suggestions on how to spread awareness this TS awareness month these 15
suggestions may be helpful for you! So
here they are, 15 suggestions for how to participate in TS awareness month and
how to start spreading the word!
Educating yourself about what you or your child is going through is the first
step. You have to educate yourself before you can educate others about what TS
really is and how it really can effect someone's life. One of the first places to visit for accurate
information is the national TSA website: www.tsa-usa.org
verbally when asked about TS. When you are asked about TS because someone
notices something different about you or your child, it can sometimes be easy
to shy away from this opportunity and say something like "don't worry
about it" or "it's not your business". While this can sometimes
be less difficult than trying to explain, once you are educated about TS you
should take questions as an opportunity to educate others about TS. Telling
this one person can make a difference! The next time they come across someone
who has TS, they will know not to judge them. And next time you come across
someone who asks questions, you will feel more comfortable educating them
because you have already done so before!
tee-shirts, stickers, or other TS themed items and use them to spread awareness
about TS. Put a TS bumper sticker on your car, or wear a TS tee-shirt out in
public and if anyone asks you about it, proudly explain why you are wearing the
shirt, sporting the bumper sticker, or carrying a TS themed coffee cup. Here
are a few places you can purchase TS themed items online. Most of the proceeds
from these places go to supporting TS research as well, so just by purchasing
them you are contributing to the cause!
4.Donate money to
the national Tourette's Syndrome association, TEAM TSA, Camp Twitch and Shout,
The Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation, or other TS related causes.
5.Post TS facts,
pictures, or videos on your facebook page, twitter, tumblr, or other social
6.Make a video or a
few videos about living with TS and post them on youtube or facebook to educate
7.Submit a video to
us for our ongoing Tourette's Syndrome documentary project. Although we are
going to be releasing the website and many videos from the project near the end
of TS awareness month, it is going to be an ongoing project so video submissions
will always be encouraged and appreciated. For instructions on how to film and
submit the video visit: http://alittlebitdiffrent.blogspot.com/2012/10/instructionsquestions-sheet-for-new.html
artwork/drawings to our page's TS awareness month drawing contest. Simply draw/
have your child draw "what it is like to have TS" and then send it to
email@example.com and it will be posted on the page and winners and prizes
will be announced at the end of the month.
9.Share your story
with us! Write out your TS story and also send pictures of youself/your child.
Your story will be shared on the page and on my blog and one more story will be
10.Start a blog,
facebook page, youtube channel, etc of your own and start sharing your
experiances, spreading TS awareness, and getting the word out there through
your own personal experience.
11.Make your own TS
awareness posters or digital image and then post them on social media sites or
tape them up around your area. Here is one of my favorite sites that I use to
make TS awareness posters/ digital images: http://pixlr.com/
12.Start your own TS
awareness project or initiative. Get creative!
13.Attend your local
TSA Chapter or TS support group. Become part of the TS community. If there is
no TSA Chapter or support group in your
area, start one!
14.Orginize your own
TS walk/run/event in your area and donate the proceeds to a TS cause!
15.Or just think of
your own amazing idea to spread the word about TS this month! You can do it!