NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders (NJCTS) has announced that comedian Pamela Rae Schuller will perform and speak to families affected by Tourette Syndrome at this year’s Camp FantasTIC. The virtual camp takes place on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and then returns in the evening from 7 to 9 p.m., which is when Schuller will perform.
Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological disorder characterized by repeated involuntary movements and uncontrollable vocal sounds called tics. Among children diagnosed with the disorder, 86% also have been diagnosed with at least one additional mental health, behavioral, or developmental disorder.
As a teen, Schuller had the worst diagnosed case of Tourette Syndrome in the country, a touch of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and a whole lot of pent-up anger. She spent years depressed, suicidal, and wishing her differences away. Over time, she started looking at her life differently and turned her obstacles and challenges into the very fuel that propels her.
Now an internationally known disability and mental health advocate and professional stand-up comedian, Pamela’s stories of growing up in a body she had no control over are engaging, powerful, a little bit heart-wrenching, and unapologetically funny.
In addition to Schuller’s evening performance and talk, families will enjoy various workshops and networking opportunities throughout the day including learning magic with professional magician Jason Michaels, three escape room choices, and art projects with the non-profit organization Arts Horizon.