Restore Funding for Tourette Syndrome in the 2015-2016 Pennsylvania State Budget
Governor Wolf eliminated $150,000 in funding for Tourette Syndrome in his draft State Budget. Since 1993, the PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance (PA-TSA) has provided information, education and disability advocacy to individuals with Tourette Syndrome through a grant from the PA Department of Health. This funding helps individuals with this misunderstood neurological condition be supported and accepted within their schools, families, and communities.
The symptoms of Tourette Syndrome can be debilitating, but worse
still is the treatment received by sufferers when those around them do
not understand their struggles. Funding for Tourette Syndrome has truly
made a difference in the lives of many children and adults with TS. This
funding provides information to help family members understand their
diagnosis. It provides training to teachers who can then support them
within the school setting. And it provides sensitivity training to peers
to reduce teasing and bullying. The support and education provided by
the PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance cannot be replaced. Pennsylvania
cannot afford to terminate these services.