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 #8: Educate Others
Once you have a good understanding of TS, you’re in a great position to teach others about the disorder. And when you create another person who is aware of Tourette Syndrome, you’re doing some of the best work you can do for the movement. You’re not only doing that person a service, but you’re also helping everyone affected by TS. That’s because no one lives in a vacuum: the person who you have made aware of TS will likely have an influence on others someday. It’s an action the total effectiveness of which you might never be able to measure. Here are some ways you can educate those around you, including family, friends, colleagues and others in your community:
- Sit down with your extended family and have a talk about TS
- Send your extended family an email and follow up later by asking if they read it or want to talk about it
- Donate an Educator’s Resource Kit to a school or educator
- Print out and distribute our 3-per-sheet Q&A flyers
- Order some Q&A pamphlets
- Have a screening of a film about TS such as Talk Tourette or Front of the Class.
- Become a trained, volunteer in-service presenter who can go into school and workplaces and teach people about TS.
- Order some Kids Activity Sheets, a super fun way to teach kids about TS
- Talk, talk, talk. Never lose the opportunity to tell someone about TS – don’t be shy!
There must be hundreds of ways to educate others about TS. Find one that’s right for you and make yourself a promise to do it regularly. Let us know how you make others aware of TS by leaving a comment.