Established in 2004 as the nation's first 
Center of Excellence for Tourette Syndrome
Your child's rights in the classroom: Making the most of support services and resources

Register by October 7 to secure your spot at this special event.

In this workshop, you will receive valuable training on a variety of school support options for your child including 504, IEP, I&RS, and decision making and advocacy strategies. During the Advocate/Attorney Panel, leading special education attorneys and advocates will discuss effective strategies to utilize when working with a school district.
As a special offer, you will have the opportunity to consult with an advocate/attorney in a one-on-one 504/IEP review session. Seats for this session of the program are very limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis. In order to secure your 30-minute 504/IEP review session, you must click "Yes" on the registration form.
When: Sunday, October 23, 2016
Doors open at 12:30pm and the program will take place from 1pm to 5pm.
Where: Virtua Hospital, Holman Conference Center, 100 Bowman Drive, Voorhees, NJ
Free parking is available in lots A or B.
We are proud to introduce the new NJCTS website!

Our new website is live and designed with a fresh, clean new look, user-friendly navigation, a mobile-responsive experience, and updated with the latest information about our programs and services. 

South Jersey shows strong support for NJ Walks for TS at Medford Lakes

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2016 NJ Walks for TS at Medford Lakes!

We want to thank Horizon Services, P.J. Whelihan's Pub & Restaurant, Jersey Pools and Spas, Medford Fitness, Kazmierski Orthodontics, Jet Line Products, Virtua, Elkins Chevrolet, Summerville Construction, Gary F. Gardner Inc., Murphy's Fresh Markets, Holman Automotive, The Original Lakes Appliance & TV, The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, Costco, and ShopRite of Medford. We also thank Assemblyman Troy Singleton for joining us in kicking off the walk, Congressman Donald Norcross for recognizing the event with a proclamation, the Heicklen family for bringing NJ Walks for TS to Medford Lakes for the 2nd year in a row, and of course a huge thank you to our amazing volunteers, including our wonderful photographer Allen Jones! Click here to see the photo album. 
Next up: NJ Walks for TS is coming to Bergen - Join us in North Jersey!

When:  Saturday, November 12. On-site registration begins at 8 am.

Where: Overpeck Park Amphitheater
199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660

Visit for more information and to register.
Show the world that you Stand With The GreaTS!

Join the global community to break down social stigma, create awareness, and provide support resources around Tourette Syndrome. Order your GreaTS tee today at

The holidays are coming - GreaTS tees are the gift that make a difference!
New Members Join NJCTS Board of Directors

Dr. Amy Colcher, Tim Yingling, and Steven Lindenbaum join the NJCTS Board of Directors

Amy Colcher, MD, is the director of the movement disorders division and Professor of Neurology at Cooper University Health System in Camden, NJ. She teaches at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, conducts clinical research in Movement Disorders, and has participated in many clinical trials on Parkinson's disease, MSA, Huntington's disease, dystonia, and Essential tremor.

Tim Yingling of Medford Lakes, NJ, was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in the second grade. After graduating from Ithaca College with degrees in Cinema Studies and Fine Arts, Tim launched his own freelance video production company while also working seasonally for NFL Films. Since the launch of the NJCTS Tim Howard Leadership Academy, Tim has volunteered as a photo-videographer and Coach, serving the role of "Head Coach" in 2016.

Steven Lindenbaum of Marlboro, NJ, was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 12. After graduating from Rider University with degrees in Elementary Education and Art, Steven went on to pursue his Masters Degree in Special Education. Steven is currently a Special Education Art Teacher. In the ten years Steven has volunteered with NJCTS, he has participated as a coach at the Leadership Academy, a mentor at Family Retreat Weekend, and led the Middlesex County support group.
2016 NJCTS Tim Howard Leadership Academy Empowers a New Class of Teen Leaders

The NJCTS Tim Howard Leadership Academy welcomed a new set of leaders in the Class of 2016. Each of the 27 participants and 16 coaches honed their skills in self-empowerment, self-leadership, and resilience. We thank our coaches, presenters, volunteers, sponsors, parents, and of course our participants for making this year's Academy one of the best!   Click here to see the photo album.
South Jersey dad organizes first Pub Crawl to benefit NJCTS

Our hats are off to South Jersey TS dad, Scott Baldwin, for organizing the first Pub Crawl to benefit NJCTS! We are so grateful to the 29 supporters who raised a glass (or two) in support of the TS community.

We love it when our families initiate fundraising events, building local TS communities while supporting NJCTS. You can do it, too! Organize a family fun night in your community. Gather your friends for a "Paint-and-Sip" fundraiser or contact your local Panera for a fundraising night. The possibilities are endless!
Global GreaTS Connection

NJCTS is connecting young people around the world who share their challenges of living with Tourette Syndrome. At this year's Family Retreat Weekend, our campers connected with a group of young advocates in Istanbul, Turkey, sharing stories about their experiences in school, within their families, and socially. We kicked off the growing global, virtual support system for young people living with TS. 
North Jersey Youth Advocate Training & Support Event

We kicked off bullying prevention month by gathering 14 new NJCTS Youth Advocates and their parents at the Morris County Library for a training and support event. Youth Development Coordinator Maddie Pucciarello trained the Youth Advocates on how to speak about Tourette Syndrome to students and teachers at schools across the state. They were also trained to be patient educators, working with NJCTS partner doctors to lead presentations to medical professionals at hospitals. NJCTS Leadership Academy coaches Emily, Ben, Nicole, and Drew assisted Maddie and provided invaluable guidance and support and encouraged our budding young Advocates to add a personal touch to their presentations.

NJCTS Youth Advocate training workshops, part of the Youth Development continuum of services, are made possible by Susan and Patrick Vitek through the establishment of the Jeff Vitek Memorial Fund for Youth Development.
Let your employer work hard for the TS community

Many companies offer matching gifts for employees who donate to their favorite causes, but did you know that a growing number are rewarding employees that volunteer their time with grant funding? You don't have to be a corporate executive to make a big impact. Many companies offer matching gifts (double or triple your donation dollar!) and volunteer incentives (track your hours and they'll write a check) for full-time and part-time employees. Some companies extend these policies to retired employees as well. 

Gather your co-workers and bring a team to NJ Walks for TS, volunteer for another NJCTS event or simply make a donation--your gifts of time and money will grow exponentially with many companies.
NJCTS thanks ProBono Partnership

Pro Bono Partnership provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

The attorneys who have volunteered their services over the years have been nothing short of wonderful to us at NJCTS. We are so grateful for the attorneys from Prudential, Sanofi, Gibbons P.C., and Virtua, plus many more who continue to work with us.
NJCTS is seeking Volunteers!
NJCTS would not be able to provide programs and services in every corner of New Jersey if not for its vibrant, dedicated volunteers! Here are some volunteer opportunities where we need your help:
  • Help us at our table at the New Jersey Academy of Pediatrics School Health Conference in Somerset on Oct 18 in the afternoon
  • Help us at our booth at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City on November 10&11
  • We need volunteers for NJ Walks for TS at Bergen! Will you help set-up/break-down, pass out water, help at registration or the silent auction table? 
  • Help us with a mailing. We will be looking for volunteers in mid-October.
  • Client Management Software Assistance - we need someone who can troubleshoot and assist staff as needed with implementation of our new software
  • Grant Writer and Creative Fundraiser - we are looking for someone who is a skilled grant writer to assist in locating grant opportunities, writing grants, and developing other fundraising ideas. 
To volunteer, call us at 908-575-7350 or email
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