In case you missed it…. Our 17th annual Camp du Ballon Rouge children’s weekend will be held Friday, March 1 thru Sunday, March 3, 2019. Applications will be available on-line in mid January.

Learn more about Camp dBR on our Camp Page!


Back To School Educational Presentations

Visit our Support Group pages to stay up-to-date about upcoming educational presentations by Sheryl Kadmon, Tourette Texas Executive Director.  Always FREE and open to parents, teachers, and more.  CHildren meet seaprately for social activities.  

Currently scheduled: 

Katy Area: Wednesday, 8/8

Woodlands/North Houston: Thursday, 8/9

San Antonio: Monday, 8/13

Austin: Tuesday, October 2

Dallas:  Saturday, October 6 

Fort Worth: Saturday, October 6



It's Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month. In honor, Takeaway Tourette's will raffle 2 Astros vs Red Sox tickets on May 31st with 100% of the proceeds going to Tourette Association - Texas Chapter!

Make your donation via

$25 donation = 5 chance
$50 donation = 10 chances
$75 donation = 25 chances

Mention ASTROS in the comment section!

Go Houston Astros Baseball Club!


Youth Ambassador Training in San Antonio

TAA (National Tourette Association of America) has some exciting news to share about the Youth Ambassador Program. Like last year, TAA will be hosting a second Youth Ambassador Training from July 13-14, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. The CDC has again agreed to fund this second YA Training. We are also encouraging all teens that are qualified, to apply.

Applications are currently being accepted, please visit  The application deadline is June 1.

Training Requirements

•        Youth must be between the ages of 12 and 17.

•         A parent/ guardian must attend the training with the Youth Ambassador.


The CDC will cover the costs of the San Antonio YA training. The following are covered

•         Hotel accommodations for the night of Friday, July 13 for the YA team (additional nights at the team’s personal expense).

•         Transportation (e.g. airfare, train ticket, mileage reimbursement) up to $700 total per YA team (teen and parent/guardian).

•         Transportation to the Meet & Greet at The Cherrity Bar.

•         Training-sponsored meals for YA team.

•         Training program materials.

At attendee’s own expense (Costs NOT covered by the Tourette Association):

•         Hotel charges for any nights that are part of an extended stay.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Natalie Joseph-Pauline

CDC Project Manager

718.224.2999, ext 227


Tourette Syndrome Funding – FY19

Dear Chapter and Support Group Leaders & TAA Members-

It is the time to request support from your Members of Congress for the continued funding at the enacted level of the CDC Tourette Syndrome Public Health Education and Research Program.  This is in addition to any take action letters sent since it goes directly to the staff person who advises your Representative on which programs to support.  Chapter/Support group leaders should send emails to all of the below on behalf of their state chapter/support group.    Please also forward to your chapter/support group members and have everyone ask their family and friends to send emails!!!!  The below list is of key Members of Congress for us to contact in your state.

Individual TAA members should email their Representative’s staff.  If you do not know who your Representative is, please take a moment and go to enter your zip code in the top right corner to find your member.  Once you have your Representative, please find their name below and cut and paste the listed/corresponding draft email text Word Document into the body of an email, add the name of the staff to the top of the email, personalize the email with your/your family’s story about Tourette Syndrome, attach the Dear Colleague letter document titled “Tourette Syndrome Funding – FY19” and send the email to the staff email provided.  If they are not listed below, please go to to send a form letter.

For the following Members of Congress, cut and paste the text from  the attached Word document “Draft Email Dear Colleague” into your email, personalize (your story, staff name and staff email in to:), and remember to attach the “Tourette Syndrome Funding – FY19” document to the email and send to the below staff:

Rep. Ted Poe R-2-TX – Tim Tarpley –

Rep. Kevin Brady R-8-TX  - John Porter – and

Rep. Al Green D-9-TX – Matthew Rowland –

Rep. Randy Weber R-14-TX- Tom Harvey –

Rep. Bill Flores R-17-TX – Eric Gustafson – and Christopher Taylor –

Rep. Jodey Arrington R-19-TX – Elissa McLerran –

Rep. Lamar Smith R-21-TX – Abby Gunderson-Schwarz –

Rep. Pete Olson R-22-TX – Richard England –

Rep. Michael Burgess R-26-TX – Edward Kim – and Elizabeth Allen –

Rep. Pete Sessions R-32-TX – Ron Donado –

Rep. Marc Veasey D-33-TX – Nicole Varner –

Rep. Lloyd Doggett D-35-TX – Afton Cissell –

Rep. Brian Babin R-36-TX – Ben Couhig –

For the following Appropriator Member of Congress, cut and paste the text from “Draft Email Appropriator...” into your email, personalize (your story, staff name and staff email in to:), and remember to attach the “Tourette Syndrome Funding – FY19” document to the email and send to the below staff:

Rep. John Culberson R-7-TX – Corey Inglee – and Hayden Jewett –

Rep. Kay Granger R-12-TX – Suzi Plasencia –

Rep. Henry Cuellar D-28-TX – Juan Sanchez –

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  We have received feedback from staff that these emails really make a difference and appreciate you taking the time to send them.

Best Regards,


Diana Felner

Vice President, Public Policy

Tourette Association of America

P.O. Box 75560

Washington, DC  20013

718.224.2999 ext 202

Mobile 703.966.5551


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