In need of a good New Year’s Resolution? Well you’re in luck! Over the next ten weekdays we’ll be giving you a different way each day that you can help the TS movement. We hope that these ideas move and inspire you to contribute to the cause. Let’s make 2012 a year for the record books.
Action #5: Advocate For People With TS
There are more ways to do this than perhaps anything else on the list. Advocacy is only limited by your imagination and dedication. Here are just a few that are either simple, highly effective, or both:
- Have a trained, volunteer in-service presenter come to your son or daughter’s school and teach the students and educators about TS.
- Do you work for a large company? Are the staff familiar with TS? Have an in-service presenter come into your workplace and educate the staff on TS. This is especially effective if you work in law enforcement or any institution that interacts with the public.
- Better yet, become a trained, volunteer in-service presenter.
- Word of mouth: some of the best advocacy can be done by being vocal about TS to all you come into contact with. Find the opportunity or create one. Don’t be shy!
- Order some Q&A pamphlets, keep them handy and give them out whenever the opportunity arises (see above). Alternatively, you can print out our 3-per-sheet Q&A flyers.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper telling them why TS awareness matters.
- Write a letter to your local MP or your regional senator.
- Do you or a family member have TS? Reach out to local media (radio, newspapers, and television stations) and try to interest them in your story.
- Get together with members of your local Chapter or Resource Unit and come up with a plan together.
- Join the nearest community trek in Trek for Tourette and march together with your TS community.
Have another great idea or some advice to share? Leave a comment!