Celebrating 15 Years of Excellence

For 15 years, NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome, has been providing support and services to families and individuals living with Tourette Syndrome and its associated mental health disorders. 

"When we first established NJCTS, our goal was to provide support to New Jersey families needing diagnosis and services for this misunderstood and often misdiagnosed condition that can affect every aspect of an individual's life," said Faith Rice, Executive Director and founder of NJCTS. "Today, we continue to provide those services and have grown to be recognized globally for programming and partnerships that have resulted in first-ever research findings into the genetic causes of Tourette Syndrome."

Executive Director Faith Rice Shares Her Family's TS Story
 
My son Kim came to us when he was 6 years old.  It was a joy to add Kim to our family - each day was a new adventure seeing him grow.  He was an excellent student, polite, a good athlete, energetic and caring.  His nickname was "Bird" because throughout the day he would chirp, clear his throat and chirp again.  An adorable, endearing habit, until the night we went to the emergency room when he was 8 because something was stuck in his throat.

NJCTS Advocates Have a Message About Bullying
ICYMI: NJCTS Advocates Have a Message About Bullying

In honor of Bullying Prevention Month in October, a few NJCTS Youth Advocates recorded their thoughts on bullying and what their experience has been living with Tourette Syndrome. This spot features Andrew Travis, Jake Hudgeons, Jenna Smith, Jonathan Glick and Wyatt Gray. Thank you for speaking out!
In Their Own Words...

NJCTS has started a new feature on our website called: In Their Own Words. These stories will give you an opportunity to get to know some of our superstar volunteers, advocates and supporters and learn why and how they are involved with NJCTS.

Our first profile is on volunteer Allen Jones The man behind the camera! You will find Allen and his camera at the NJCTS Leadership Academy each year, as well as the Family Retreat, capturing priceless images of our advocates and families.

NJCTS Pays Respect to Soccer Star Tim Howard as He Retires

NJCTS Executive Director Faith Rice had a personal message for Tim. Read it here.
Welcome Brianna and Claudia
NJCTS has welcomed two new staff members in the last few months. First is Outreach Coordinator Claudia Lijo. Claudia has been involved with NJCTS for years as a volunteer and parent. In her new part-time role, she will work on spreading TS awareness through education and medical outreach. Brianna Burkert, a recent graduate of Ramapo College, is NJCTS' new Communications Associate. With previous internships with non-profits, Brianna will use her experience and education to make the public aware of the great things happening at NJCTS, from the accomplishments of our Youth Advocates to our globally available webinars. 
Now Recruiting! Rutgers Support Group for Children and Adolescents with Tics
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Rutgers Tourette Syndrome Program offers an 10-week, group-based program beginning in February that aims to help children build resilience and develop the skills necessary to better navigate life with tics and associated conditions.

Nominate An Educator of the Year

NJCTS is seeking nominations from its membership for its Educator of the Year Award. The award will go to an educator in New Jersey who has made a significant difference in the life of a child with Tourette Syndrome.

If you wish to nominate a teacher, guidance counselor, or other education professional in the school your child attends, please email info@njcts.org to request a nomination form.
NJCTS IN THE NEWS





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Upcoming Webinars

November 13
IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: What every parent needs to know
Presenter: Staci Greenwald, Esq.

December 4
I Wasn't Aware. - Brain Function. Why do we have one?
Presenter: Dr. Vincent Kiechlin


Explore new ways to support NJCTS programs and services

There are lots of creative ways to help NJCTS - special gifts in someone's name, planned giving, matching gifts from your company, payroll deductions, and more. Please call the office at 908-575-7350 or email info@njcts.org and someone will help you explore a giving option that will work best for you.

The easiest way to donate is to click the button below!





Interested in Volunteering? 

 

We are always looking for a "few good people" to provide some support for the organization. Are you interested in helping at an event or assisting at a convention? Do you want to join a fundraising committee? There are a number of ways that we need and can use volunteers. Please take a moment to click the link below and fill out a volunteer form. 

 

 

COMING SOON:
More on our 15th Anniversary 
NJ Walks for TS Update